Crash into Me

Crash into Me

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Owen, Frank, Audrey, and Jin-Ae have one thing in common: they all want to die. When they meet online after each attempts suicide and fails, the four teens make a deadly pact: they will escape together on a summer road trip to visit the sites of celebrity suicides...and at their final destination, they will all end their lives. As they drive cross-country, bonding over their dark impulses, sharing their deepest secrets and desires, living it up, hooking up, and becoming true friends, each must decide whether life is worth living--or if there's no turning back. "Crash Into Me puts readers in the driver's seat with four teens teetering on the edge of suicide. But will their cross country odyssey push them all the way over? Only the final page turn will tell, in Albert Borris's finely-crafted tale of friendship forged from a desperate need of connection. An exceptional first novel." --Ellen Hopkins, bestselling author of Crank "Take a bathroom break and be sure you have a few free hours because from the moment you open this book you're going to be on the ultimate heartbreaking, poignant road trip to a place you never thought you'd go." --Todd Strasser, bestselling author of Give a Boy a Gun
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 20mm | 255g
  • Simon Pulse
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint ed.
  • f-c cvr
  • 1416998276
  • 9781416998273
  • 261,215

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"Crash Into Me puts readers in the driver's seat with four teens teetering on the edge of suicide. But will their cross country odyssey push them all the way over? Only the final page turn will tell, in Albert Borris's finely-crafted tale of friendship forged from a desperate need of connection. An exceptional first novel." -- Ellen Hopkins, bestselling author of Crank
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About Albert Borris

Albert Borris is a national award-winning student-assistance counselor who deals daily with issues of teen depression, suicide, substance abuse, and sexuality. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, teenage daughter, and two young sons. Crash into Me is his first novel.
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Rating details

5,184 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 34% (1,741)
4 28% (1,447)
3 25% (1,300)
2 10% (507)
1 4% (189)

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When I first saw the cover of Crash into Me, I was intrigued. A boy and a girl holding on to each other like they will never be able to fall again when stumbling. I expected a quite steamy romance, so when I read the book's back I was surprised to encounter something very different. Crash into Me is about four young people who still need to find their place in life... or in death. Everyone of the Suicide Dogs, as they call their group, has a different personality and other reasons for suicide. The group's name expresses something wild and uncontrollable, just like the kids themselves are in their decisions to take their lives. As we learn more about their pasts, we are drawn deeper into their dark secrets and begin to understand how they feel. Suicide is a very drastic and burdening act to be confronted with in a YA novel. It is still a very important topic, a problem no one should ignore so easily. Albert Borris treats the topic with respect, but still achieves to integrate funny scenes which relax the dark atmosphere of this suicide trip. Sometimes the ironic way is exactly the right way to call attention to an important topic. That Crash into Me didn't turn out too dark and depressed was achieved by adding some romance and even the time for wishes and hope. Between each chapter of the Suicide Dogs' journey are Top Ten lists or extracts of chat sessions, which I really enjoyed and considered as softening up the whole serious story. The journey was very exciting, but in the end I missed some more informations. Suddenly actions accumulated and the end came way to abrupt. In my opinion this novel could have contained a few more pages, but the overall story and plot idea are thrilling and interesting. This is a novel about the darkest of your days and the way finding the path back to light. Four teenagers go on a road trip, but they will explore so much more than just a few famous American spots. THE VERDICT Sometimes a road trip can be the shortest way to yourself! Crash into Me is about a road trip full of adventures, freedom and self-discovery. Sometimes even the darkest of your thoughts can be fought with the bright shining light of friendship, comfort and love.show more
by MissPageTurner
It was not a very good idea for me to read this while I'm still recovering from depression, because some of it was triggering to me, so keep that in mind if you are suicidal/depressed. It's not a completely depressing, sad read though-there are definitely some funny and thought-provoking parts that make it worth the read. The book starts when they're already on the road, so you don't really know what they talked about on the internet before. That's why there are little chat conversations in between 'chapters' (there are not really chapters but whatever), so you can catch up a little. Owen is the narrator. He's lonely, and he's been really suicidal ever since his brother died, he's got a whole bunch of mental illnesses, and he has attempted suicide numerous times. Probably the biggest ****-up of the group. Then there's Jin-Ae, who struggles with her sexuality and she's really scared of telling her parents because they'd disown her or whatever (she's like, Korean or something). Audrey is the rock girl who listens to Nirvana and a huge Kurt Cobain admirer. And Frank, the alcoholic sports fan. They went on this road trip thinking about the end but found themselves at the beginning of something new and exciting. Crash Into Me was insightful, very well written, and moving at times. I do recommend this book if you like dark books about these kind of topics.show more
by Lauren Hoeve
Owen blames himself for something he can't change. After a few suicide attempts, he meets Jin-Ae, Frank, and Audrey online and they form a bond, a friendship, a pact. The four of them set out on a road trip to visit the graves of several suicide victims, such as Kurt Cobain in Seattle. At the end, they promise to all kill themselves in Death Valley, California. But during the trip, what will change? Will Owen find the happiness he yearns to have? CRASH INTO ME is a very intense and emotional debut from Albert Borris. Owen is a sweet kid who is just trying to make his way through life but thinks he has nobody to turn to. This starts to change as he meets the three other teens, especially Audrey, who becomes his very first girlfriend. One of the things that I enjoyed about this novel was that you could relate to the teens' feelings of worthlessness and unhappiness - even if yours never amounted to the same amount of pain. This is one of those books that reads fast, with a slightly predictable ending, but is still worth reading. I thought I understood these kids from the beginning and the story they had to tell, but CRASH INTO ME proves that wrong. Owen's life, especially, reveals a twist near the end that has you understanding him even more.show more
by TeensReadToo
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