Sunday, 15 February 2015

Book Review - Crash Into Me by Albert Borris

Crash Into Me

Author: Albert Borris

Genres: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Contemporary.

Published: July 7 2009

Pages: 257 pages Paperback Edition) (Simon Pulse)

Read: February 2015

Rating: 2 Stars

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. 

Book 5/60 - 2015 Goodreads Reading Challenge

I read the back of this book and it instantly interested me and so I bought it. This was a long time ago though, a time when I didn't really consider the books I was buying and just bought anything which interested me. Which for this book wasn't a good idea.

The plot behind the story is interesting. Four suicidal teens going on a road trip to ultimately end their lives. Yup I thought it was going to be good but it wasn't. It really wasn't. Because what else do you need to make a book good??? While some things include a nice writing style and interesting characters, both which this book lacked.

The writing style, I found, never fully engaged me. It went from the here and now to random IM messages. This which I'm guessing was a way to give the characters a back story fell flat. In all honesty it could have been executed better, much better. So as I was saying, the writing style was not for me. It just didn't work for me as I read it.

Then, the characters. The characters were neither interesting or connectable. I felt nothing for none of them. If I had to even chose a favourite, I wouldn't be able to. That was how bad these characters were. They lacked all sense of depth and emotion and everything that would have made them connectable.

This review just seems so negative but I did give this book 2 stars, which means I did finish the book, even though I didn't necessarily enjoy it. It was a meh from me and I won't be rereading this in the future. I probably won't even keep it on my shelves to be honest.

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  1. Such a shame when a book with what looks like an interesting plot becomes then an unforgetable one. I love books that deal with mental issues and having 4 kids wanting to kill themselves is basically a yes yes for me but it needs to be done right and for what I can gather from your review, it was not so I guess I won't be wasting my time. Great review, Sarah!

    1. I know especially when you've had high expectations :(
      Ya this one was definitely not executed as good as it should have been and it's possibly wise to give it a pass, but if you do read it let me know what you think :)