Crashing

Crashing

by Chris Wooding
     
 

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An intense novel about facing your enemies and facing your friends - from young UK phenom Chris Wooding

Sixteen-year-old Jay wants to throw a party to celebrate the start of the summer. He wants to spend time with his friends before they all drift apart. He wants to make himself known to Jo, the girl he's had a crush on for years. He wants to bring everyone

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An intense novel about facing your enemies and facing your friends - from young UK phenom Chris Wooding

Sixteen-year-old Jay wants to throw a party to celebrate the start of the summer. He wants to spend time with his friends before they all drift apart. He wants to make himself known to Jo, the girl he's had a crush on for years. He wants to bring everyone together. But quickly things start going wrong. Friends turn on each other. The past comes back with a vengeance. And the party is crashed by some locals who want to drag Jay to a place he'd vowed he'd never go again.

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Publishers Weekly
Wooding's (Kerosene) fast-paced, brief novel takes place over the course of just a few hours, resulting in the immediacy of a real-time structure. Narrator Jay, a British teen, feels his tight circle of school friends begin to drift apart after they've taken their exams, so he plans a big party at his house before they head in different directions in the fall. The bash will also give him a last chance to make a move on Jo, whom he has loved from a distance for years. When an uninvited girl joins the party, her drunken behemoth of a boyfriend, Stew, comes looking for her, and things turn sour. Jay stands Stew down, touching off a war of wounded pride between Jay's buddies and Stew's, low-lives and thugs who gather in the Zone (a decrepit cluster of abandoned buildings that border on Jay's backyard). The action-oriented climax dips into silliness (Jay appropriately references the similarly outlandish TV show The A-Team), but the character study of friends on the verge of adulthood has a pleasing, cinematic energy, right down to the guy-gets-girl ending. Ages 13-up. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
KLIATT
Jay is a typical teenager—his parents go on a trip and he decides to throw a party to celebrate the beginning of the summer. Who can blame him? He has had his eye on Jo in his English class for a while. This might just be his chance to really talk to her, and it will be fun to drink a little and blow off some steam on the warm summer night. It will also be an opportunity for their gang to be together one last time before they head their separate ways for the summer. The night, however, falls apart, when one of the girlfriends brings a friend who just broke up with her boorish boyfriend Stew. He then makes an invited appearance at the party, starting a brawl between the two groups of friends, culminating in broken windows, a destroyed house and many, many bruises on all sides. This first novel by a young British author captures the essence of being a high school boy, yearning for a first love, and wanting to impress your friends. The language is British, though I believe accessible to US readers. It's a pretty dark book, with violence, drinking, adolescent angst and perhaps even a less than ideal (from an adult perspective, at least) ending, but I think it will make sense to and resonate with readers who enjoy writers such as Chris Lynch and Walter Dean Myers. KLIATT Codes: S—Recommended for senior high school students. 1998, Scholastic, PUSH, 142p., Ages 15 to 18.
—Sarah Applegate
Children's Literature
Jay has great expectations for his end-of-the-year party. His parents have left for two weeks, providing a perfect opportunity to celebrate with his closest friends before they all go their separate ways. He also knows that this could be his last chance to make his relationship with his friend, Jo, escalate into something more. Unfortunately Jay's great party turns into unexpected fights between friends, prompting an ordeal that changes another friend's life forever. Jay sees his chances with Jo and maintaining his friendships as being impossible. After reconsidering, Jay knows that he is the only person who can save his relationships, and he does everything in his power to salvage them. Chris Wooding does a great job of uniquely packing adventure into the condensed time period of one night. The plot is filled with surprises and escapades that make it truly exciting. Since Wooding is from England, he writes the book with an atypical dialect that gives the reader insight into a slightly different culture. 2003, Scholastic Press, Ages 12 up.
—Jordan Long

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439090124
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2003
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.14(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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