Saturday, 26 May 2012

Review: Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan

Sam Hopkins is not a popular kid and being the son of a preacher does not help him out any. He spends his afternoons trying to get home without being beat up by a group of juvenile delinquents - Jeff Winger, Ed Polanski, and Harry Mac. Then one afternoon Sam had had enough and fought back. To his surprise, they liked the violent side of him and welcomed Sam into their group, where they taught him how to hotwire a car, steal, and other non-church like things. Sam knew what he was doing was wrong, but he now had friends.

There is an eccentric young girl named Jennifer, who is shy, talks to herself at times, and sometimes mentions about the bugs in her mind. Being outsider she is targeted by Jeff, Ed, and Harry Mac, which results in Sam defending the girl and dishonoring his friends at the same time. After recovering from a violent assault from them, Sam is visited Jennifer. She tells him of the devilish demons that she hears in her mind that they are going to bring death.

Crazy Dangerous is an intriguing young adult novel that use themes of bulling and peer pressure with a little supernatural thrown in. Going to school is getting harder and harder for kids with all the bulling that goes on and Andrew Klavan brilliantly touches on the subject while giving us readers a mystery to unravel. I instantly felt for the character of Sam as he faced his bullies. An interesting twist is the character Jennifer, who is an odd young girl. You start to wonder if she is crazy, or if she really is hearing demons and receiving prophecies. Crazy Dangerous is a fast-paced thrill ride that you will not want to put down.

*I would like to thank Litfuse & Thomas Nelson for sending me a review copy.

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About the Author:

Andrew Klavan was hailed by Stephen King as "the most original novelist of crime and suspense since Cornell Woolrich." He is the recipient of two Edgar Awards and the author of such bestsellers as True Crime and Don't Say a Word.

His books and screenplays have been turned into films directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Michael Douglas, Ed Burns, Michael Caine among others.

1 comment:

  1. I've just finished it last night(for the YA Bound blog tour). I agree with your review. My favorite thing about it is that Sam's voice is so genuine and crystal clear.


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