Crazy Dangerous

Crazy Dangerous

by Andrew Klavan
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Novelsontherun More than 1 year ago
RECTE AGE NIL TIME DO RIGHT. FEAR NOTHING. This book was a fantastic, suspenseful, crazy, dangerous ride. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Sam Hopkins is a PK = Preachers Kid. He starts off trying to shake the image of a PK, becomes the apprentice to three thugs, Jeff, Harry and Ed and learns the trade of some things that can come in handy being a thug. After a short lived apprenticeship, Sam sees the error of his ways when he meets Jennifer . Oh the mystery of Jennifer. I loved Jennifer’s fragile mind. Andrew writes her incredibly well. You are questioning Jennifer’s character all the way through the book. Jennifer talks in rhymes. It’s her quirky thing she does. “Run!” I shouted again. “I don’t want to leave-you-believe-you!” she cried out wildly. “Believe me, leave me!” I shouted back. “Sometimes, yes,” Jennifer managed to say. Rice cakes, ice skates, mice on skates. Mice on skates—that was a funny idea—but she knew she couldn’t say it out loud or the doctor really would think she was crazy. Andrew throws curveballs into his story that just keep the pages turning. This is a fast paced ride that just keeps you guessing. Andrew writes with such energy. You really believe you are with Sam , doing all these Crazy Dangerous things a PK should not be doing. It felt very, very, real this story. What would you honestly do if a troubled girl was telling you bad things would happen? What would you do when you finally started to believe that in her crazy mixed up mind there may be some truth. DO RIGHT. FEAR NOTHING. This book was not what I expected. It was much, much, more. Andrew is very, very, good at keeping the reader intrigued, turning the pages, trying to work out if this is a paranormal book or is it a disease of the mind that leads Jennifer to seek out her ‘ magic friend, Sam Hopkins.’ Around 2/3rds the way through this book , it escalates and your heart will be hammering in your chest. I could so easily see this as a movie. The book is that good. It’s not predictable it is Crazy Dangerous. I highly recommend this read. DO RIGHT. FEAR NOTHING.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing take on mental illness to create a page turner
eternalised More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing – nothing like I expected. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. Sam is one of the most engaging main characters I’ve come across in YA. Jennifer was inspiring as well, but Sam was my favorite. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
paigetwo More than 1 year ago
I would rate this a MILLION if I could! I LOVED it!!!!!! Crazy twist! Never saw it coming! Great characters that left me missing them when it was over. MUST READ FOR ALL!!!
Mccullh More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book- it was fast paced for the most part and there is a twist at the end that you might not see coming. It is definately a book that I could recommend to young adults because it speaks as to how easy it is to get in with a "bad crowd" in school and bullying and peer pressure that goes on.
TheAddLibrarian More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! Klavan’s writing is phenomenal! (You would think I would no longer be suprised by that…) His characters are extremely realistic. Sam talks directly to the reader, telling us his story, which I usually find annoying and contrived, but Sam is so real that his asides to his audience are my favorite part of the story. Jennifer is also very well-done.
wnk More than 1 year ago
When Sam falls in with the wrong crowd and doesn’t know what to do, he takes some advice from an unexpected source that tells him: Do right. Fear nothing. For awhile, it seems things are finally going well for Sam, but when a schizophrenic girl starts calling Sam her “magic friend” and begging him to help her defeat demons, and Sam is accused of a major crime, he begins to wonder if doing right is always the best policy, and whether there really are darker, more dangerous things out there that he should be fearing. As a YA suspense/thriller, this book is crazy awesome. The first-person perspective provides insight into Sam’s sometimes erratic decision-making, and makes him feel like a very real character, even when he’s doing completely out-of-the ordinary, crazy things, like playing chicken with a freight train. His inner dialogue is true-to-life and somewhat sarcastic, which made it fun to read. The scenes portraying Jennifer’s mind were intense, harrowing, and downright creepy, and I loved how the author stepped into her cracked frame of mind with the narration during these parts. There’s danger, suspense, and a few twists along the way that I didn’t anticipate. Although the ending was a bit crazy, I liked how everything was resolved at the end, and the epilogue wrapped the story up very nicely. Despite a realistic glimpse into the mental frustrations of a PK (pastor’s kid), I’m not sure that this makes the best Christian novel. Some of the things that Sam did weren’t necessarily “doing right” even though that was the mantra he tried to live by, and I was left with the impression of “the ends justify the means.” In fact, that was kind of the take that Sam’s father, the pastor, had in his discussion with Sam in the epilogue. When “doing right” includes breaking curfew, breaking into a mental hospital, and breaking a number of laws, that might just be sending the wrong message. Regardless, I’d still recommend Crazy Dangerous to fans of the YA suspense/thriller genre. It’s a quick, thought-provoking read that does not disappoint! Thanks to the publisher for providing me a review copy of this book!
JVDLA More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic book. The MC, Sam Hopkins, was probably the most realistic character I've ever read in a book. First of all he's a PK (Preacher's kid). So am I. What I loved is that Klavan didn't make him this perfect guy. So many times PKs are expected to make the right choices because of their parents. It was great to see a character making mistakes despite his label. The story line kept you hooked throughout, and I was on the edge of my seat until I finished it. Nice job, Mr. Klavan.
l_manning More than 1 year ago
Sam Hopkins is a pretty good kid. The son of a preacher, he has lived a fairly normal life. He has always wanted to get a little more attention though. One day he starts to get that attention, but not from the people he probably should. When Sam starts to feel a that he's in a bit over his head, he decides that now would be a good time to get away from his new crowd. Things go terribly wrong when a strange girl from his school crosses his path. Jennifer Sales is the sister of one of the most popular guys in school, but she is very strange. Some say she's crazy. Sam can't quite get all the things Jennifer tells him out of his head though, and he soon discovers that Jennifer's crazy may be the key to averting disaster. I went into this book thinking it would be one thing, and it was a different thing entirely. It's hard to describe the plot of this book, and I certainly don't want to give away certain aspects of the plot. There were some huge surprises. I really felt for Sam. He was a in general good kid, and he definitely had a good heart. You couldn't help feeling worried for him though. I actually felt my heart racing at times as if I were watching an action movie. It's always exciting when a book can evoke that much emotion from me. The author is able to really make you see things unfolding so clearly. I found Jennifer to be a particularly interesting character. The things she sees and hears make you so sad for her. She has to deal with so much. I want to say a lot more about her, but I don't want to spoil anything. I guess that is all I will say about that. One of the things that drives Sam throughout the book is a statue with a phrase that translates to, "Do right, fear nothing." At times I was amazed at the lengths Sam went to in doing right, but it was also a pleasure to see. I highly recommend this book.I think it reads well for both younger and older readers. There is enough action to appeal to everyone. It also makes you think about how doing right and fearing nothing could be applied in your life. This book was really enjoyable. I probably would have read it all in one sitting if I could have. I certainly did not want to put it down at times. Definitely check out this book! Galley provided for review.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
Car chases, murder, and prophecies? I would describe Crazy Dangerous as a Nancy Drew type novel…but to the extreme! It was one wild rollercoaster ride that I was not ready to get off of yet. From the opening paragraph to the very end, Crazy Dangerous had my complete attention. Told primarily through the eyes of main character, Sam Hopkins, we are carried off to a world of mystery and truth. Sam Hopkins is your average teen…just trying to survive high school and feel accepted. As the son of a preacher, Sam feels that he has to work harder at being accepted by his peers since he is expected to act like a son of a preacher….always good, can do no wrong, etc., etc. Sam finds himself running every day in hopes to be able to be part of the track team next year. It’s during one his runs that he encounters the school bullies and known thieves and thugs Jeff Winger, Ed Polanski, and Harry Macintyre. It is at this point where we see just how brave Sam is. Even though the odds are totally against him (3 vs. 1) he punches Jeff. Did I expect Sam to get beaten to a bloody pulp? Of course! Did I think that would be the start of a crazy “friendship” between Sam and the three thugs? Not at all. Taking Sam under his wing, Jeff shows Sam the ropes of lock picking and the ins and outs of car theft. Knowing that nothing good can come out of this newly formed friendship, Sam realizes that he has to cut off all ties with this crew before it’s too late. How exactly is he going to do this? Enter Jennifer, a teen from Sam’s school who believes that demons are talking to her and telling her of upcoming doom. Blood, death…bodies everywhere. Sam chances upon Jennifer one evening. Being the white knight that he is, Sam takes it upon himself to protect Jennifer which in turn makes him a target. At this point, Sam finds himself involved in a murder and begins to believe Jennifer may, in fact, be a prophet. Andrew Klaven’s Crazy Dangerous was fantastic. I totally believed I was reading the story through the eyes of a teenage boy. Klaven’s description of the events that happened throughout the book had me completely immersed. I didn’t even want to blink, thinking that I would miss something. I, personally, was able to figure out what was going to happen midway through, but that didn’t stop me from continuing to read this fantastic book. There was so much that was going on in the pages that it felt like one of those perfectly executed movies. Fans of mysteries, action, and are looking for a hero need not look any further. Crazy Dangerous has it all, and perhaps a little sprinkle of magic. You won’t be disappointed.
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
When the pastor's son, Sam Hopkins, falls in with the wrong crowd, it's only a matter of time before he gets into serious trouble. His new friends harass an odd girl name Jennifer, and Sam sticks up for her. Then Jennifer tells Sam that she has dreams of demons and death, which freaks out Sam even more when her prediction comes true. When Jennifer tells him about another prediction, Sam is the only one who takes her seriously, which means he's the only one who can stop it from coming true. This book was a lot of fun. Sam had a great personality that sucked me in and kept me laughing out loud. I liked the way the story was told, taking us from the bizarre changes in Sam’s life straight into a mystery. The only thing that bothered me was Sam’s father’s insistence that Jennifer’s dreams couldn’t possibly be prophecies. I was shocked to see a pastor so certain that God wouldn’t use prophecy in the world today. Maybe that’s a denominational thing—I don’t know. But most pastors I know keep an open mind in regards to what the God of the universe is capable of. So other than my little pet peeve with the pastor’s treatment toward his son, this book was awesome. And entertaining thrill ride. Recommended.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
"Do right. Fear nothing." This is the first book I've read by Andrew Klavan and I certainly wasn't disappointed. Crazy Dangerous is an incredibly well written thriller/mystery that is fast paced and addicting to read. The plot twists keep the reader guessing until the end of the book, making this a great page turner. Aside from dealing with normal teen issues of popularity, bullying, friendship and family, the novel also provides a unique look into mental illness and schizophrenia as well as the tough topic of morals and ethics. The story is told mostly from Sam's point of view, although at times we get to see into the troubled mind of Jennifer as well. By using Sam as the narrator, we are able to see his character grow and change drastically throughout the book. At the beginning, Sam is just seen as the PK (the preacher's kid) and is always trying to be perfect. As the story progresses, we see Sam begin to trust his intuition more and to take risks that could, and usually do, result in bad things happening. His motto throughout the book is "Do right. Fear nothing." This phrase perfectly reflects the change in Sam's character and also is a great moral lesson to readers. There were also some religious ideas mixed into the story, but these fit in well with the plot because Sam's father was a pastor. The characters question important things like evil in the world, faith, and why God would allow suffering and pain. Also, through Jennifer's character, we see the questions of if God ever leaves us and why he lets bad things happen. These are very worthwhile questions for readers of all age to ponder and along with the other moral lessons in the book, there is much going on beneath the surface of this extraordinary young adult thriller. In all honesty, I had this book on my wishlist before I signed up for the tour. The description sounded really interesting and I thought it would be something I would enjoy reading. After reading the ebook copy of Crazy Dangerous, I am very glad I trusted my instincts about this book and I loved it so much that I'm hoping to get a hardcover copy for my shelf so I can read it again! I highly recommend this book to readers of all ages who enjoy paranormal, thrillers, mysteries, suspense, YA, and just really fascinating plots with awesome writing. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for the tour in exchange for an honest review.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
This story is really action packed. I adore each turn of the page, a new mission to be had. Now, I was never a pk (preachers kid) but my family has a long legacy of godly people. My grandma runs a church, my uncle is a pastor and my husband is the worship leader of the church we attend. So, I understand what its like to be under the scrutiny of the church. Being in Sam shoes felt refreshing. To get a whole new prospect of what he sees and feels, made me giddy. I liked that he is not perfect. He is human and made lots of mistakes. What showed more is his heart in fixing what he done wrong. That I truly admire. The Lord is always searching for that one guy to do his work. The Lord never picks anyone perfect but someone who is...well normal. Sam fits this part perfectly. Lost in who he is, Sam takes on a mission of helping a girl who everyone believes is crazy. I like that Sam had faith in her when no one else did. Sam saw beyond what other saw and knew exactly what to do. The ending is really explosive. With a dangerous plot to kill hundreds, Sam rushes to stop the plan. He helps others even when he is pursued and accused. He stops at nothing to fulfill the mission that is given to him. Sam is selfish in his action that make me admire him more. Crazy Dangerous is an amazing action story that keeps the reader entertained till the last page. Soaring with crazy thoughts, of others you thought to be normal, it makes you think twice of what you really know about the person. Crazy Dangerous is an ambitious story that make me want more.
MarB1 More than 1 year ago
Sam Hopkins is a preacher's kid. When he's out running three boys attack him, because they don't want him running there. When he shows that he's a brave kid the boys ask him to join their friends group. Sam knows these boys from school and he knows they're not up to much good. As a preacher's kid Sam has always lived a safe life. He wants a little bit of change and decides to join the group. Soon he learns that was a BIG mistake and he wants out. Jennifer is a girl on Sam's school. She's talking funny and she's seeing things. When she gets into trouble Sam is there to save her. Now Sam is her magical friend and she's telling him about her visions. Sam finds it all very creepy, but somehow he believes Jennifer is telling the truth. When Sam is trying to help her it gets him into a lot of trouble. After reading and enjoying The Homelanders series I knew I had to read Crazy Dangerous. Some scenes were a bit creepy, so if you are having trouble sleeping at night after reading creepy things, you better don't read this before going to sleep. Andrew Klavan is an original and clever writer. The story might be written for young adults, but as an adult I really enjoyed this book, too. *Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for my review copy.*
CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
Crazy Dangerous is a well-written thriller. Sam is a regular boy who finds himself in extraordinary circumstances. He just wants to be a normal kid, but not pushed around anymore. Jennifer is a school mate with some type of mental illness. She talks crazy and hallucinates. This shouldn't impact Sam but it does because the thugs that are trying to mess up Sam's life are messing with Jennifer, too. Sam has a strong desire to protect Jennifer and stop whatever she's facing. This was the first Andrew Klavan book I read. I enjoyed it so much, that I've now raced through the Homelanders series. The author's books are great because they are action-packed. They are impossible to put-down. And are perfect for kids who like to read stories about heroic struggles. My 8.5 year old son likes his books because they are action-packed and heroic. The kid is in trouble the whole way through the book. My husband enjoyed the series because it captured all the angst of the teen years but equipped the main character for the struggles he would face.
Kellie4 More than 1 year ago
Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klaven was quite interesting. I was immediately drawn into the book by the opening chapter, however, I had a hard time focusing on what was happening, even though the plot was fairly simple. The two main characters, Sam and Jennifer were well developed while the supporting characters were just that, supporting. I felt at times that the supporting characters “died off” without being mentioned much. That being said, the plot was very interesting and made me want to read to the end to see what was going to happen. This would be a great novel for older teens to read. They would definitely be transfixed by the story. It had a few biblical references, but I felt that this story could have been written with more of a Christian perspective for readers who get caught in similar situations and need something to grasp and hold onto in their lives. All in all, it was a fun read, definitely one I had to finish to see what would happen! I received a copy of this book from Booksneeze for my honest thoughts.
Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
Sam was a typical kid who started hanging out with the wrong people. He has a good heart though, so when some bullies are picking on Jennifer because she is strange, he stands up for her even if he gets beaten up for it. Sam is following a new philosophy, “Do right. Fear nothing.” (Klavan 106). Jennifer sees and hears things most people don’t. She is plagued by nightmares and visions that taunt and trap her. As time passes, and the events Jennifer describes come to pass, Sam realizes that she is not crazy or strange, she it psychic. Now Sam and Jennifer must work together to prevent her horrifying visions from coming to pass. Sam is a great hero. He tries to do the right thing, even when it is not popular or puts him at risk. Confused, afraid, and tormented, Jennifer relies on Sam. Her faith is admirable and her intentions are always good. This book is funny, despite intense situations and Sam is a great narrator. He is witty, smart, and clever. Anyone could enjoy this book; Klavan’s writing style can be enjoyed by any age group or gender. I give it five out of five stars.
Humbee More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced, humorous, with the flippancy that only a teen-aged boy narrator/protagonist can pull off, "Crazy Dangerous" is one of the best YA novels I've read in ages with a male at its heart. For those reasons alone anyone would enjoy this book, but there's so much more to it! A sort of John Green meets James Patterson... Andrew Klavan, an Edgar Award-Winning author lives up to his reputation with this one...and I can't wait to read his other books. As our famous Stephen Tyler of American Idol and Aerosmith fame said this week: "Courage is fear that's said it's prayers." And Mr. Klavan said: "Do right. Fear Nothing." Both quotes close to Scripture and honest truths played out in "Crazy Dangerous." The inspirational aspects of the book have to do with following what we know is the right thing despite all the outward pressures we have surrounding us to do otherwise. This is a lesson any of us can learn and relearn at any age. That's what makes this book the perfect cross over fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey, the laughter over the spunky protagonist, Sam, the seriousness of helping those in dire need, and the reminders... You decide if this is an awesome thriller, or not once you've read it. I rate it 4 stars.
Vampbook_Lover More than 1 year ago
Crazy Dangerous is told from two views. First we get to meet Sam Hopkins, the goodie goodie preacher’s son who wants, more than anything, for his classmates to accept him and stop tip toeing around him because of who his father is. Tom, in a freak show of spunk and guts, wins the friendship of the biggest bully in school and realizes this may be his “in” to the cool crowd. While Tom is spending his afternoons with Jeff and his thugs, learning how to hot wire cars, we meet our other speaker from the book, Jennifer. Jennifer goes to school with Sam but doesn't fit in. She has a form of schizophrenia and is constantly picked on for the strange way she talks and the visions she sees. One day Sam runs into Jennifer in the woods on his way to tell Jeff he can no longer be friends with him and his gang, but Jeff shows up before Sam can get Jennifer out of harm’s way. Sam knows Jeff is going to do terrible things to Jennifer if he doesn’t interfere, so he throws the first punch and gives Jennifer the chance to get away. Jennifer has never had a friend before, and instantly becomes infatuated with Sam, her magical friend. The man who saved her when no one else would. She starts to tell Sam about her vision, and when Sam realizes they are coming true, it is up to him to save everyone from the terrible event Jennifer says will happen next. It was amazing to be inside the head of a person with schizophrenia and I will never look at the disorder the same. Jennifer is terrorized with monsters that are in her head, but the more you read, the more you realize she may be more set in reality than everyone thinks. The author did an amazing job of making memorable characters and Sam was a delight to read about. He was smart and quick witted and had internal struggles that we can all relate too. You could visualize the action in your head as you read and I can see this book eventually being made into a YA Thriller on the big screen! With a intriguing beginning, and one hell of an ending, I suggest you add Crazy Dangerous to your Reading list today! -Review by Cassie
DSaff More than 1 year ago
Andrew Klavan is back with an exciting, action-packed YA adventure. Sam Hopkins is a normal kid. He does the things he is supposed to, most of the time. However, the choice to hang with the wrong crowd puts him into many situations where Sam has to consciously make good decisions, which becomes increasingly difficult. When Sam sees his "friends" harassing Jennifer, one of his schoolmates, his choice is to help her. What does that do to his "friendship" with the group? Will there be repercussions? Jennifer is quirky. Soon Sam finds out that she sees and hears things, things that truly scare her. She tells Sam about seeing death, the devil, and demons, and he thinks she may be crazy. But, is she? Or, is she seeing things that are truly happening or will happen in the future? As Sam starts to put the pieces together and begins to believe, he finds himself trying to prevent oncoming events. Will he be successful? How dangerous will it become? What will happen to Jennifer and Sam? Pick up this book and let Sam tell you the whole story! Wow! "Crazy Dangerous" is a great title for this book. It had my attention from the beginning and kept me reading. I was drawn to Sam, the preacher's son who made a bad choice in friends but wants to make it right; and Jennifer, the quirky girl who is terrified by the sights and sounds she witnesses. They could be any of us. This is a great YA novel and I recommend it to anyone who loves action-packed YA literature. I think it would be a fun discussion for teen groups, with many topics to discuss.
picnerd More than 1 year ago
Crazy Dangerous is a book about a young man trying to do the right thing. The only problem is that he doesn't know what the right thing to do is. Should he protect someone even though he will get a fierce beating for it? Does he listen to the ravings of a girl who's hallucinating about demons, death, and destruction? Should he abide by his father's advice and just let the doctors and police handle things? Should he steal a car to save hundreds of lives? This book, while fraught with moral dilemmas, delivers a compelling and fast-paced read. I found this book to be very interesting for a number of reasons. First, the writing style is somewhat peculiar. It's written primarily from the perspective of Sam Hopkins as he tries to figure life out, especially when life is dishing out so many curve balls. Every several chapters, the writing shifts to the perspective of a young girl, Jennifer Sales, who is hearing the whispers of demons, seeing strange demonic visions, and is convinced that the only person she can trust is Sam. Another reason I found this book interesting is that it tries to find the balance between mental illness and spiritual warfare. Is Jennifer a prophet having visions of the spiritual battlefield, or is she just a young girl struggling with schizophrenia? A third reason is that this book places the main character into many moral dilemmas, from standing up for someone to breaking the law for the greater good. I was left asking myself the question, "Does the end justify the means?" The author seems to think that it does. All in all, I would recommend this book. Because it seems to be written to teenagers, I believe the content and questions raised in the story should be followed up by discussion to help work through the various issues and situations the main characters find themselves in. There is a discussion guide at the end of the book which would help facilitate this. I received a copy of this book from the publishing company and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed here are my own.
itsJUSTme-wendy More than 1 year ago
This book was crazy good! One word comes to mind when describing this book - AMAZING! This story is nothing short of Amazing. I am a fan of Andrew Klavan's books - this is the 5th one I have read by him. I also loved the Movie "Don't Say a Word" which he wrote. In my opinion, Andrew Klavan is a mastermind comparable to Ted Dekker (and y'all know how I love him!). This story starts out amazing on the first page. It was so intense I was hooked right from the beginning. It takes you on a rollercoster ride that never stops till the end of the book. WHISPERS CAME AT HER OUT OF THE DARK. Death. We are death. We are angels of death. We will destroy them. We will destroy them all. The whispers came from every corner. They crawled up the sides of her bed, skittered over her blankets, over her skin. Like cockroaches. First one, then another, then a swarm of them, covering her. We are angels of evil. Angels of death. We will teach them to be afraid. Jennifer gasped and sat up quickly, staring into the shadows, searching the shadows of her room, her lifelong room, her girl-room, suddenly strange to her now in the dark. So many eyes staring back at her. Stuffed animals—friends all her childhood long—her teddy bear, her crocodile, her baby giraffe. Glass eyes, black glass eyes, staring back. The posters on the wall: her favorite singer, her favorite band. Paper eyes, flat eyes, staring. Her calendar. Disney princesses. Their bright smiles suddenly different, suddenly knowing and mocking and wicked. Eyes staring at her from the shadows. And the whispers everywhere: We are angels of evil, angels of death. We pledge in blood to kill them all. Who was it? Who was there? Her heart beat hard as she scanned the room, searching. No one. Just her computer, the dull screen, watching her out of the shadows. Her stereo. Stary-oh! Scary-oh! Circular speakers like eyes, staring. Jennifer grabbed her pillow, held it in her arms for comfort, held it in front of her as if it could protect her. But the whispers kept coming. They skittered up the wall. Roaches swarming darkly up the wall and over the ceiling where they could drop down on top of her and scramble over her skin, get tangled and crawly in her long brown hair. There is excellent character development. First you have Sam, the PK (or Preacher's Kid), let's face it - he's a geek, a wimp, invisible to the rest of the school, but he does have guts! He does not like to be pushed around and will defend himself even if it means taking a beating. Then there's Jennifer. I LOVED Jennifer! I would love to read another book just about her. She is a very disturbed and sick young lady with possible Schizophrenia. She is having bad visions and Sam is her Hero! Well there has to be bad guys or "The Thugs" as Sam calls them, Jeff Winger, Ed P., and Harry Mac. You know the kind, will beat you up if you look at them wrong. But there are a few twists! Of course. So there are a few other bad guys that you do not expect to be bad guys. WARNING! You will have to schedule a whole day of reading because you will not be able to put this book down! I read most of this book in one sitting. I just could not stop reading, I had to know what was going to happen! It is intense, action filled, scary, and sad. I hate to sound like a broken record, but seriously - WOW! I don't remember the last time I felt such an adrenalin rush while reading. I think there was a point where my heart actually did stop for a few seconds. Then a few pages later there were tears running down my face. That is the kind of emotional rollercoster I am talking about. This is not a book I will soon forget.
Ivana_Reads More than 1 year ago
Crazy Dangerous made me happy reading it from the beginning and won me over thanks to its main characters, Sam and Jennifer. The story is told in alternating voices of these two. I can't remember the last time I've read a YA book with a voice so crystal clear and genuine as Sam's. He's a character so wonderfully mischievous and cute and real. He has no supernatural powers, he's not super-hot and mysterious and brooding. He's your regular next-door 16-year old kid who gets into trouble. Jennifer on the other hand is broken and haunted. Her visions make for a chilling and nightmarish reading experience. When they get together, it's not an explosion of hormones. Another big plus for this book is that there's no sizzling romance. The relationship between Sam and Jennifer develops as a sort of friendship. Jennifer is not exactly a person to chat with over coffee. If I tell anything about her condition, it might spoil the book. But in the end, it all makes very much sense. The ending...I wish it followed the path that was set from the beginning of the story. It takes a leap of faith, so to say, as some things are revealed. Crazy Dangerous is religiously colored, particularly in the last third of the book. I'm not a religious person (but that doesn't affect my opinion of the book.). I got the not-so-subtle hints (guy in the truck). Still, I felt like these details were in discordance with what was previously established, and that was something very logical and rational. Crazy Dangerous has its moments of hilariousness and creepiness, and a wonderful main character. Despite the little bump toward the end, mainly because of different views, I would still highly recommend this book for many reasons: not a single YA cliche in sight, a male POV, thoroughly frightening psychological insight, excellent narration and well-developed characters.
dnabgeek More than 1 year ago
I don’t think I would classify this one as a favorite or anything but it was definitely a fun use of my time on a relaxed morning. Today I decided to read at home for a bit. My husband is getting a bit tired of my disappearing act. So I sat next to him and read while he studied for his A+ networking exam. The story centers around a boy named Sam who is the son of the town’s preacher. As a kid who grew up with parents in ministry (my dad was a youth pastor for a while), I immediately connected with the main character. He makes some interesting choices and for a while ends up hanging out with some of the bad kids in town. He is able to get out of a bad situation when he defends a young girl named Jennifer who is mentally disturbed. This leads down some very dangerous choices that cause everything to spin out of control. I liked the characters in this book. Sam was realistic and Jennifer was down right creepy. I thought that the author balanced her character well and that while the revelation at the end was a bit far fetched, it was still barely logical and someone might have leaped to that conclusion, especially if they were going off the word of someone who was delusional. I found the story telling to be good, a bit dry but the pacing was what was needed for the storyline. I did find some of it a bit disjointed and wished that he had spent less time trying to make the reader feel off kilter. I think that it would have been more effective than the disjointed style he chose.