Crash Into Me by Albert Borris
Also Reviewed for: http://www.teensreadtoo.com/
Book From: ARC was given to me by Teens Read Too to review
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 that is just trying to make his way through life but thinks he has nobody to turn too. 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 teen's feelings of worthlessness and unhappiness even if yours never amounted to the same pain.
Crash Into Me 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.
My song pick for this is "Survive" by Rise Against
Warning: Does contain cussing