Wednesday, August 4, 2010

CRASH INTO ME by Albert Borris

Four teens are ready to end their lives. Each of them have attempted suicide at least once; several of them multiple times. What has drives someone to this point?

Owen, Frank, Audrey, and Jin-Ae have been communicating online and sharing their thoughts. They've agreed to form a suicide club that involves a road trip to visit the grave sites of celebrity suicides. The plan is to end the trip in Death Valley where the four will complete their own suicide wishes.

Narrated by Owen who is also recording the trip in an online journal, he tells the story as the four head across country. After a successful first stop, the route begins to change. Other stops are suggested, and as long as it heads them in the right general direction, they agree to be flexible.

Conversations and remembered online discussions let readers in on the personal stories of each teen. There are family problems, self-esteem issues, and complications caused by alcohol and abuse that have paved the way for the final decision each teen has made. Now the question is - can each one find a reason to continue living when they reach their final destination?

CRASH INTO ME is an edgy novel that will have hit the right notes for teens, and at the same time, probably make adults a bit nervous. By the way, that's not always a bad thing.

1 comment:

Lenore said...

I've heard a lot of great things about this one. Another one for the wish list!