Crash and Burn
But in this review, mine is the only opinion that matters and I'll do my best to explain why this book messed me up so bad.
See, I thought the writing was refreshing. It's not artistic and pretty. It's not stupidly plain. The writing has a voice and so when I read this book, I could imagine Crash talking. T...more
Steven Crashinsky -- Crash -- was the person who talked David Burnett -- Burn -- down when he held his school captive. But what was it Crash said to get Burn to stop?
Unfolding over 540 pages is Crash's growing up with and without Burn in his life. The two of them were never friends, but they spent a not-insignificant amount of time with one another. Crash tells this story through his ADD-afflicted mind and it's told as though he's writing a book. But it's not entirely linear, as the story g...more
Steven "Crash" Crashinsky is an 18-year-old hero. He has just saved his school from David "Burn" Burnett who took hostages and threatened to blow up the school. Because Crash managed to stop the mass murder, he has been thrust into stardom. He even received a book deal about it. The problem is, Crash actually has to write it. While Crash is attempting to write his story, he goes back and forth between investigating his relationship with Burn in elementary school and his present life tryi...more
“We all stood up, and Obie stood up with the twenty seven eight-by-ten color glossy pictures, and the judge walked in with a seeing-eye dog. He sat down, we sat down. Obie looked at the seeing-eye dog, and then at the twenty seven eight-by-ten color glossy pictures with the circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one.
And he began to cry ‘cause Obie came to th...more
"Crash and Burn" is one of the best books I've read. It is evocative, daring, heartbreaking. It tells the tale of two young men who met in elementary school and have had their lives intertwine ever since.
Steven "Crash" Crashinsky is a stoner with a learning disability, having a terrible time making his way through school, but having a (mostly) great time during his non-school hours.
David "Burn" Burnett is the same age as Crash, a...more
"Crash" and "Burn" are teen boys, now seniors, and they have s...more
After being told to read this "fantastic, perfect book" by all of my bookish friends, I finally decided to!
I just want to say that this probably does deserve 5 stars.. but lately i haven't been wanting to give anything 5 stars so...
Let me start off with saying this is such a poweful book. This is not the kind that is easily forgotten or even close to light material.
There are so many topics and themes in this story it's crazy! I thought the author handled them all very well...more
1) because one of the characters is actually mentally unstable.
2) because so many FREAKIN' CRAZY THINGS HAPPEN YO.
Steven (Crash) Crashinsky and David (Burn) Burnett are two characters that I feel will leave an impact in the world of fiction. Most of the time after finishing a book I don't really have lasting impressions of their characters, unless of course it's The Hunger Games or Harry Potter. However, I will never forget Crash and Burn and the c...more
Crash has known the potential shooter, David “Burn” Burnett, since grade school, and in a slow, meandering narrative, Crash details their relationship over the years leading up to the fateful day that Crash became a national hero.
This is a thoroughly absorbing t...more
After many positive reviews about Crash and Burn, it was easy to say I was really excited to start. However, after I turned the first few pages, my enthusiasm started to wane. And wane.
The very first telltale issue I had with Crash and Burn was the writing. Theoretically, it was great, really easy to follow, and I had no problem with it. Grammatically, it was stellar and the story was executed well. Technically, it was all ov...more
This book is told from the main character Steven's (Crash) POV who has just finished his senior year of high school, but he also stopped one of his classmates David (Burn) from blowing up the entire school. Everyone considers Crash a hero, but Crash has a story of his own to tell. Him and Burn have been "frienemies" since elementary school, and while Crash is certain Burn has always been out to get him, some how they always end up in each othe...more
At first I was overloaded with the alcohol ridden sex, excessive drug use and alarming casualness of teenage nihilism, wondering if it's a commentary on today's youth in a post-9/11 world blah blah blah. Then the next day caught the movie "Heathers" whi...more
realistic male protagonist, imperfect but not unredeemable
good tone for pov
I think the target audience for this type of book may not buy into a 500+ page book from a relatively unknown author. The best parts of the book are in the last third of the story and, while...more
Cover: I love this cover. The matches look like the twin towers and go perfect with the title and story. I remember seeing it at #TeaTime and immediately adding it to my goodreads.
22+50=72 (3 Stars)
Imagine The Perks of Being a Wallflower and the movie Remember Me had a baby, but they were smoking crack during the pregnancy...the result is Crash and Burn. While it realistically captured High School and mental illness like Perks, I felt...more