Crazy Dangerous Review
This was book is written in first person point of view, so you really get drawn into the story. I found myself not wanting to put the book down, reading it every chance I had.
Sam Hopkins is a teenage boy in a town that is probably very familiar with most of us. Sam is a preacherÃ¢ÂÂs kid (PK), who is looked at differently by others in his school. They act as if they have to be somewhat fake around him, due to his father being a preacher. This leads Sam to want to change the way he is view, so Sam gets into league with local thiefÃ¢ÂÂs.
SamÃ¢ÂÂs journey takes him on a path too running from the thiefÃ¢ÂÂs, playing chicken with a train, getting beat up, learning to break into cars and locks of all kinds. After a encounter with a statue in his fatherÃ¢ÂÂs office Sam realizes that he must stop hanging out with these guys, this choice changes the flow of the book.
Sam and Jennifer attend the same school, but Jennifer is a girl with a mind that causes a world of trouble for Sam. Jennifer has visions of demons and events of horrible ends. Sam saves Jennifer from being abused by the very thiefÃ¢ÂÂs he has been hanging with, which ends in Sam getting beaten really badly.
Sam though, believes the visions that Jennifer has, as she explains they in a cryptic way. When one vision comes true, Sam must find out what else she knows, when one evening Jennifer shows up in the lawn of his house. This event leads Sam to breaking into a mental hospital, kidnapping Jennifer, running from the police and ultimately saving the lives of hundreds of people.
This story is a whirl wind ride and through faith in God, people, and oneÃ¢ÂÂs self. Torn between reality and visions Sam and Jennifer race to stop the evil that people are capable of planning and attempting to care out.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone.
September 14, 2012
I LOVED this book! KlavanÃ¢ÂÂs writing is phenomenal! (You would think I would no longer be suprised by thatÃ¢ÂÂ¦) 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.
September 12, 2012
Crazy Dangerous is crazy awesome!
Chilling mystery, and adventure collide in Andrew Klavan's thrilling, yet thought provoking book.
While reading it, I wasn't ever quite sure where this book would go, it was so unpredictable, and I loved that! I loved how it was told in a more unique second person point of view, like I was hearing the tale right from Sam Hopkins' mouth.
There were elements that some might question at first, but I think by the end they will realize what was going on and totally enjoy the book. Because for me I had that sense in the beginning that I wasn't sure if I liked where it was going, but by the time I had turned the last page down, I was beyond psyched about it. I loved the fast paced action and the slight chill about it, made it almost like watching an action/adventure/thriller movie, but better!
Probably my favorite thing about this book was the theme : Do Right. Fear Nothing. Basically to sum it up this book really showed how doing the right thing is never the wrong thing to do. No matter the temporary consequences, doing the right thing has a reward beyond description.
Overall, this is a book that I would highly recommend, and will definitely try to get my brother to read it. This is totally the kind of book that is super-hard to put down! I would definitely recommend very highly :D
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
July 15, 2012
Very good book! Definitely Recommend.
Sam Hopkins, the 16-year-old narrator, was beaten up for defending weird classmate Jennifer, who speaks in rhyme and has hallucinations. Sam's first-person narrative addresses the reader directly, and is interspersed with more distant third-person chapters from Jennifer's view point. Jennifer's passages gradually become less and less coherent, as though she is losing grip on reality. Jennifer has recurring nightmares featuring creatures that want to kill her, and after Sam saves her, she becomes convinced that his name is a magic charm that will ward off the evil. (It isn't.) But one of her visions seems to come true, and now she is convinced that something evil is going to happen on Sunday. Meanwhile, Sam has been challenged to 'Do right. Fear nothing after finding a statue in his father's study, and Sam is starting to wonder where this will lead... Overall, the beginning and ending of Crazy Dangerous more than made up for a shaky middle, providing an exciting Young Adult suspense with solid Christian themes. Thanks to Thomas Nelson and Booksneeze for providing a free ebook for review.
July 11, 2012