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 thingÃ¢â¬âI 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.
Andrew Klavan is crazy good. I mean, the author is very adept at writing stories where characters have mental problems.
His 1993 novel The Animal Hour follows a narrator through chilling dangers as the reader gradually understands the depths of her madness. The story is quite shocking and violent, so I wouldn't recommend it generally. But with his new book Crazy Dangerous, Klavan offers a nail-biter that would be appropriate to most readers. In fact, the novel is his first stand-along work of Christian fiction for young adults.
In Crazy Dangerous, preacher's kid Sam Hopkins gets tangled up is an eccentric school girl's hallucinations about death, demons and evil. But are the just hallucinations? Sam is conflicted as her terrifying visions seem to come to life.
I found the story to be thoroughly engrossing and Sam to be a tremendous example for young people. He's just an average kid, but accomplishes extraordinary things when he's willing to take a stand, even though he will suffer for his decision.
Should you read this book? You'd be crazy not to.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.
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.*
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.
A real page-turner - Do not pick up this book if you have anything else you need to do. Part of the fascination for me was wondering how Klavan would wind up the story in a way which would be truly satisfying to Christian readers, without being sappy. And, he did it! It was excellent.
I also have a new appreciation for the plight of those with schizophrenia. Mixed in with the illness and the spiritual attacks are seeds of reality, which are not to be mocked.