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Crash

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  6,785 ratings  ·  825 reviews
Now available in paperback, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli's hilarious, poignant story ofcocky seventh-grade superjock Crash Coogan.


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Library Binding, 176 pages
Published March 19th 1996 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published October 1st 1995)
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Ash R.
"Crash" John Coogan is the typical jock. At least what most of us have in mind as a jock. Crash has a wonderful life, until life deals him a hand that he could not have expected. When Crash's grandfather unexpectedly has a stroke, Crash unconsciously steps back and re-evaluates his life without even realizing he's doing it. Suddenly, his cool friends don't seem so cool anymore. Things that were once the most important in his life, become trivial. As a result of his grandfather's illness, Crash...more
Blake
Jun 08, 2009 Blake added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my friends
Recommended to Blake by: teacher
I myself am a 7th grade jock just like John coogan the main character in the novel Crash
by Jerry Spinelli. In this book I was really able to relate to the main character John.

This book is about John coogan who plays on his schools football and track team and is
one of the bullys at his school Springfield middle school he likes to pick on this one kid
named Penn Webb because he is a nerd and a cheerleader to. John would shoot Penn with
a water pistol john said “well, it ain’t going to work so...more
Susan
At first glance this book looks like it's for children, but even as a teenager and adults we can all learn from this book. Spinelli decides to write this book for a younger audience, but even though the wording is very easy I liked the context. For example, I like the characterization and how Spinelli makes it so easy to understand what each character is thinking and what they want. For example, the main character "Crash" actually feels jealous of his neighbor Penn, even though he beats him up a...more
لیلی
Jan 16, 2014 لیلی rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: همه ی ادمایی که دختر ستاره ای رو دوس داشتن و درضمن تعصب بیش ازاندازه ندارن روش
انتظارمو برآورده کرد. یعنی منظورم اینه که این جری اسپینلی، میتونه همون جری اسپینلیِ دختر ستاره ای باشه. قابل باوره. نه مثه شارلوت برونته مثلا. این همون آدمه. و به ستاره ای بودن آدما بیشتر از هر چیزی اهمیت میده همچنان. فقط این بار جان( یا همون خروس جنگی) از اول ستاره ای نیست. ضدستاره ایه حتی. مثه هیلاری توی دختر ستاره ای مثلا. و داستان، داستان تغییر کردنه. داستان اینکه چطور کسی که خودش سرگروه و رهبر بچه هاس اون موقع هایی که آدمای ستاره ای رو اذیت میکنن، موفق میشه که همه چیزو ندیده بگیره، و بره و...more
Anna
Aug 20, 2008 Anna rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle school boys
Recommended to Anna by: another teacher
I read this all in one sitting this morning and for the most part I was pretty into this book. I liked it better than Spinelli's Stargirl because there was much better character development. This book seems like something a lot of middle grades boys could relate to since it deals with issues like bullying, friendship, having a close family member get sick, and dealing with money (or a lack of) in a family. I think it's much more down to earth than some of his books which seem to almost too "colo...more
Alex Rubano
The book that I chose to do this report on was Crash by Jerry Spinelli. Overall I thought the book was pretty good. It was interesting enough to keep me wanting to read it. At its best parts in the book it was amazing, but it also had its slow parts that were a little boring. This book was about 160 pages which is perfect length for me. It was not to easy and not to hard, just right.There was also a ton of humor, Jerry Spinelli was always funny and put a lot of sarcasm. For example the main cha...more
Jeffrey Mohr
“Crash” is one of my favorite books to help students look at bullying from the perspective of the bully and how a bully can be redeemed not by punishment but by maturing and forming healthy relationships. The main character also goes through a journey that helps him realize what kinds of people you really want as a friend.

I find this book is great for 4th grade and up because it starts conversations about stereotypes and how a persons prejudices can blind them. A good example from the book is ho...more
Mike
Crash

Crash is a touching and very beautiful story in my opinion. I really love this book. I used to love reading a lot and was reading countless novels, but since I have slowed down and completely stopped almost. However, this book makes me want to start again, and gives me hope. I love the whole feel and lesson learned in the book.

I really can relate to Crash Coogan in a lot of ways. I think that is another reason that I like it so much is because it hints to me at a personal level. I, like Cra...more
Clare Cannon
Oct 06, 2010 Clare Cannon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 9-15 years
Shelves: 08-12yrs, 13-15yrs
Crash Coogan is cool. He’s the star of the school football team... and he’s a bully.

Penn Webb is small and weedy. Penn Webb hates violence; he’s a ‘Peace’ badge wearing vegetarian. Crash and Penn are not destined to get along.

Crash’s story is funny, crazy: in all the action, the conversation, and even in his few backfiring attempts to show-off he always manages to be on top.

From the day Penn moves into the neighbourhood, Crash torments him mercilessly. But no humiliation seems to bring Penn down...more
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John Coogan's uncle nicknames him Crash. One Christmas, John got a brand new football helmet. As his uncle's family came through the door, John charges and knocks his cousin Bridget back out the doorway and into a foot of snow. This experience epitomizes Crash's personality; rough and tumble, a typical egotistical jock. When Penn Webb moves into the neighborhood just before 1st grade, he becomes the butt of a lot of Crash's practical jokes and teasing. Crash attacks Penn's second-hand clothes, w...more
Yi Kao
John Coogan is Crash's real name, he got the nickname from his uncle because one Christmas, John got a brand new football helmet, and when his uncle's family came through the door, John charges and knocks his cousin out the doorway and into a foot of snow. The story starts when Crash met a kid called Penn Webb that become Crash's neighbor. Crash hate Penn, In Crash's mind, Penn is just a Quaker and vegetarian. Later when Crash is in 7th grade he met a cool kid called Mike and both of them tried...more
Laura Gates
The primary reason Jerry Spinelli is such an important author for our students to read is because of the way he characterizes kids and the way they can change and overcome struggle in his stories. Crash is a book about a boy who seemingly has it all. John "Crash" Coogan is a smug 8th grader who has everything. He is popular, mildly smart, and a star athlete. What he lacks is attention from his very busy mother and father. Early on, Penn Webb is introduced as a foil for Crash. Penn is everything...more
Lisa James
Very cute book with a good message. It was one of the required reading books for my son who's going into 7th grade this fall, so I wanted to see what it was all about. It starts with a boy nicknamed Crash Coogan, who meets a new kid from out of state. The new kid, Penn, is so completely unlike Crash that it makes him uncomfortable, so he begins to bully Penn. Another new boy, Mike, moves in, & is a bully in his own right, so he & Crash become best friends. This book follows the boys from...more
Igor
This book was a good choice. It is funny, intresting, and suprising. Crash is only 6 years old when he meets his neighbor, Penn. Penn is a total nerd, and Crash already hates him. Worst of all, Penn won't leave him alone. Eventually, Crash goes to Penn's house and learns how weird he is. Then, the book skips to the 7th grade. Crash and his best friend Mike are popular, and Penn is still a nerd. Life seems great for Crash. But the girl Crash likes, Jane, likes Penn and hates Crash because he pick...more
Julie Decker
Crash Coogan is a tough guy. He's on the football team. He takes charge. He's respected. He's well dressed. And of course, one of the things a guy in that position generally does is pick on weak, weird kids. Such is the relationship between him and neighborhood weirdo, Penn Webb.

Crash has known Penn since early childhood, and while he's always been a brawny, strong child, Penn is skinny and has weird clothes and weird interests. Crash isn't really even sure why he picks on the kid, except it fee...more
Courtney Schlenker
Crash is about John “Crash” Coogan who is a one of those stereotypical jocks in school that bullies people and has a wonderful life. One day his grandfather has an unexpected stroke. This makes Crash unconsciously reevaluate his life and the people in his life including his friends. Aspects of his life that were once important to him become trivial. Crash becomes more aware of the world and realizes that football is not as important. “Crash” is a book to help students look at bullying from the p...more
Alec
If you are looking for an interesting, exciting teenage story that fits the interests of both boys and girls, then Crash by Jerry Spinelli is the book for you. With football and drama as themes tied into this book, it makes the plot exciting no matter what you enjoy. The characters seemed believable but somewhat stereotypical (Ex. Jocks, Nerds, Geeks, Stuck Up Girls). The relationships between characters and their conversations were very believable except for the "pretty girl" hanging out with...more
Yujin
Crash is a realistic fiction story about how kids are in school. It describes the behavoiur and the friendship of the kids.
But I hated this book. I liked the beginning, but not the end. For me, after I finished this book, the last sentence really made me mad (crazy and furious). I devoted my time to read this book, and after finishing it, I felt that I wasted my time. To summarize this story briefly, it is about a kid named Crash. He is a member of the football team, and he is quite popular. Ho...more
Asjia
Crash is a realistic book that has amazing drama and great detail.
So If you like drama books and mystery books this is the book for you.
I'm going to tell you a little about the book but I'm not going to give anything away.
Crash is about a boy named Crash that is rude and disrespectful. My favorite character
is Crash because he learns from his mistakes and he starts to be more responsible. The character did feel real to me cause I could relate to some of the problems that he had.
This story does k...more
Paige Davis
"Crash" Coogan is the top athlete in his middle school. His popularity comes from his rough-and-tough athleticism, wealth, materialism, and family. When Penn Webb, a young kid with older, Quaker parents, moved into his neighborhood before elementary school, Crash chooses him as the target of his pranks because he won't fight back. Penn Webb and his parents still hold the Coogans in esteem: Penn hangs out with Abby, Crash's younger sister, and he and his parents bring them cookies when Crash's gr...more
Cody Cole
Crash is just a typical little boy that likes sports and doing boy things. Everyone calls him crash because when he was little he ran into his cousin with a football helmet on. He was just playing in the garden when he saw a kid walking up the sidewalk. This kid's name was Penn Webb and he wore a button on his shirt everywhere he went. Crash is very rude to him when he finds out that he is a Quaker. Crash and his friend Mike are always playing tricks on him all year long. That's what occupied th...more
Marija
I really enjoyed this book because I have never read a book from the perspective of the "bully" before. I think Spinelli did a great job of showing the other side of bullying, and I love when Crash has a change of heart at the end of the story. I really think that young girls and boys(especially) would benefit by reading this book. This is a must have for any school library.
Jan
Yeah, I know, I see reviews on Amazon and other book review sites that think this book is hilarious, but I just thought it was mean-spirited and not funny at all. Even the big "change-of-heart" at the end seemed contrived. Intended for middle-school students who find stuff like that funny, but I don't think it is funny to provide them with more ideas for their bullying.
Rafif
Crash by Jerry Spinelli, is a very good book, I would recommend this book towards kids from 3rd grade to 5th grade. This story contains hilarious moments like trying to fight a pacifist, which is someone who doesn't fight anyone unless it is for self defense. It also has parts that create suspense like when Crash had to run in a race or when his grandfather went to the hospital. I love how Jerry Spinelli had written sections that give of certain moods, but somehow those sections did not seem to...more
Ariana
I recently read a book called Crash by Jerry spinelli. This book is about a boy named john coogan but they all call him crash because ever since he was born hes been crashing into things. Since the first day that Penn moved to crashs neighborhood he made his life miserable,it all started when webb was walking on crashs sidewalk and since crash was in his front yard digging with his shovel, he heard a whistling coming his sidewalk and he kind of got annoyed so he went up to him and asked him abo...more
Hack
blech. i had a hard time relating to this kid because he was such a jerk. it was highly irritating that his horror of this kid, Penn Webb, was entirely due to his not owning a TV or eating meat. i really don't think eight-year-olds would even notice the difference. his parents should have kicked his ass.
Rajeev G
An awesome book Tweens can relate to about a football player who is forced by the Social nature to be mean to the dork in the school but his mind changes because of a girl that comes in between his current life and being the dorks friend and stops being a JERK
Rchelg5
This book was really enjoyable to me. I took pleasure how the perspective was from a person(the main character John "Crash" Coogan) who became a bully who, with his buddy, picked on a the scrawny new kid (who was different than others), because it was interesting to see the side of people who have certain problems, and they choose to take it out on others. The real turning part in the story is when the main character's mindset changes, due to a tragic event. He realizes, sometimes its time to sh...more
Zer
A worthwhile read. Touching and a few life lessons to take a away that a good book can give someone. My favorite part is when the mom says she decided to work part time because she didn't want the kids to forget her.
Agustin
Crash By: Jerry Spinelli

I think that Crash has an extraordinary inner conflict were suspence grows rapidly throughout the book and makes this read a great and really fun one. It also has a theme that changed my way of looking at many people. The book was just perfectly written and with many extraordinary and precise ideas that constructed, one step at a time, the magnificent climax that just bursts and leaves you thinking what will happen next. Finally, the most important part of the book and th...more
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