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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  550 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Being bisexual is cool now—unless you're a boy. Or so it seems to invisible fifteen-year-old Hazard James. But when he falls in with bad apple Jesse Wesley, Hazard is suddenly shoved into the spotlight. Jesse and his friends introduce him to the underworld of teenage life: house parties, hangovers, the advantages of empty homes, and reputation by association. So what if hi ...more
ebook, 290 pages
Published April 15th 2012 by Harmony Ink Press
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Holy angst-balls batman! This book was a freaking crazy ride. I'm not sure if I loved it or hated it. I don't know what to think.

First of all, this book reminded me so much of Don't Let Me Go. If you were a fan of that, you will probably enjoy this one too.

Is this a romance book? I'm not sure I would call it that. It is more of a coming-of-age story than anything else. For me, the focus was on Hazard and Hazard alone and how he changed over time.

Where to start... Well, I'll say what worked ab
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Tina
Ok. I don't know where to begin. Being a middle aged heterosexual woman, one would not think that this book would resonate with me. One couldn't be more wrong. The story is about a 14 year old misfit and a 16 year old "cool" misfit. That is a very simplistic description.

I WAS Hazard. I know, the straight, woman thing. But I was a misfit. Like Hazard, I didn't really fit in any one group in school. I often felt completely alone and lonely and unloved and unlovable and jealous that my one friend l
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Michael Bowler
Normally I hate it when people tell me a movie or book is “the best” they’ve ever seen or read, because my expectations raise so high that I’m invariably disappointed. Having said that, I have to confess, in all honesty, that “Collide” is one of the best books I’ve ever read, and I’ve read A LOT of books. In fact, I read it twice. This book is simply amazing!
It’s an achingly poignant and bittersweet account of two painfully lonely teenagers from different backgrounds who, against their will and
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Nina
I can't write a review for this book - it's just so much.
So much pain, so much love, so much beauty, so much horror - and it's all true.
I think all of us, at least once in our lives, experience these emotions, and I can only hope that all of us will find a Jesse to love. It's worth the torture.
I don't know if it's because I'm PMSing (no, that's really not info I should give on GR...?) or because it's simply one of the best books ever written or something else entirely, but I'm actually choking u
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Jordie.R
THIS. This book was one of the best things I have read this year. I'm torn between wanting to read it all over again right now and to never read the words again. I felt like I was Hazard. I felt his pain. Ya know that feeling of being unsure of where you stand with your friends? That awful feeling that maybe your best friend likes someone more than they like you? That maybe the person you are in love with and love more than anyone else in the world is gonna leave you? That awful sick feeling in ...more
L'marie
I loved this book and it would make a great movie with a kick ass soundtrack. Collide will definitely take you back to high school. Oh yes, all those wonderful, tearful and cringe worthy moments will be remembered. I bet everyone knew someone like the MC’s or the side characters back in the day. Hazard (aka Danger) and Jesse are very frustrating characters. You can see their truth even when they can’t. They are good boys who feel lost and alone. They make some really bad decisions in order to fe ...more
☆ Todd
Very good story, but I wish there had been more actual dialogue and less 3rd person "he said," "he thought", "he felt" going on.

4.5 stars.
Maggie Simms
4.5 awesome stars

This book was simply sensational. It was such a roller coaster. All the characters (with the exception of Emery as he was perfect) were so beautifully FLAWED. Nothing was black and white and no character was two-dimensional.

The book was so RAW and just BEAUTIFUL. It had me guessing the entire time where the story was going. No predictable plot here. Can't wait to read more by this author.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys m/m YA or even just m/m stories.
Nichole (Dirrty H)
self-indulgent load of immature teenage angst with a lot of alcohol and writing on people and walls with sharpies. anyone who misses high school will be thanking God it's over after reading this. it might be better if you are a teenager and can read this and be like" oh, that's me!" but for anyone else, this is meandering, focusless drivel.
Suziq
4 Unexpected Stars!

As I was reading Collide I kept thinking of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Kids and Dazed and Confused, the usual suspects when it comes to angst, rebellion and teens trying to find their place within their social hierarchy. Nothing new to it really, or so I thought, till I was 65% done and suddenly realised that the tightening in my chest wasn’t indigestion but a severe emotional reaction to Jessie walking up those stairs, in that devastating moment I felt everything Hazard di
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Kiki
Sometimes engrossing, sometimes dull, and eventually left me feeling depressed ... The depressed feeling is from the pacing, I think. If the story had continued past the "hopeful" ending and given me more time seeing the characters interact in a positive way, I think I'd have had a better reaction.
Camille
I couldn't connect with this. This is not my experience and I get the strenuous bid for meaning but the writing did not serve this desire nor was I particularly moved. Plus, I just didn't think it was that good. I don't get the rave reviews.

I need an everyone-loves-but-me shelf for this.
Boyanna
I was wondering whether or not to write a review on this one.

The thing is, this is a very destructive book. Its frustrating as hell, non of the decisions the characters make are the right ones, even when you thing they made a good choice you see them screwing it up in the next few pages.
It goes in circles and its like that up until around 60-65%.

I was very annoyed with the book and its characters and the down hill course they were strolling along. I was SO sure I've read this type of books befor
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Aimee ~is busy sleeping~
Why don't more people know about this book?

This is another one of those instances where I wish I had the chops to write the review that this book so deserves. I sincerely mean it when I say that Collide goes down as one of the best books I've ever read. It's raw, honest, and depressingly realistic. It left me with such a bittersweet feeling. I notice the mixed reviews, and I think this book resonated so much with me because high school wasn't far long ago for me. I connected deeply with Hazard's
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Vicky
Collide is the kind of book I am infinitely grateful I read in my twenties as opposed to as a teenager. I feel like if I'd read the book so close in age to the characters, I would not have been able to fully understand the story, the characters and their motives, or all of the dynamics and nuances. This is the kind of book that, if I'd read it as a teenager, I probably would not have been able to relate to because I'd be too close to the mentality. That being said, I can look back on my own teen ...more
MsMelbourne
It's hard to describe this book. It's incredibly, incredibly intense. It's painful at times, it's frustrating, it's depressing, it's desperately sad. It took me back to every crappy part of high school - the peer pressure, the clicks, the overwhelming desire to want to fit in somewhere. It made me think about how bloody hard it is to not really even know who you are and what you want. I never really knew what was going to happen next in the book - there was no underlying implication that a HEA w ...more
Tammy K.
I could not finish this book. Sorry. But I can not read another page. I would not say it is a young adult book in any way. It glorifies drug use, and underage sex (a 14 year old having sex with 17 year old). It was set up in a diary format. Each entry less enjoyable then the last. There is no plot that I can see. Just ramblings on how 'difficult' it is for a spoiled 14 year old of a middle class family. How 'cool' the parties/drugs/sex is. While the sex scenes are not described in detail as they ...more
Da'ad
Great writing, realistic and interesting, good humor, but an annoying as hell book. Too much alcohol, drug use, and all around teenage stupidity. Real but does not relate to me at all. I am disgusted with all the characters,main and supporting. Was entertained but did not enjoy, as I was often pissed off. Geh.
Ery
May 26, 2014 Ery rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya, owned
Hmmm... Not sure what I think of this one. I ended up skimming half the book because it was so darned tell-y and almost gave it up half a dozen times, but then.... Found mucus elf sucked in.
Trisha Harrington
I really wanted to love this one. I just did not connect with it. I'll probably read it again someday. Maybe it will be a better read for me later.
Chris
Warning: Much incoherent rambling ahead!

This was beyond awesome. J.R. Lenk is a bloody genius, and I cannot wait to see more of this author's amazing work.

So, why did Collide blow my mind? Might seem odd since I'm now a 30-something whose teenage years were nothing like Hazard's (Oh, but on some level, I wish they had been!) I remember what it was like to be this age, to find yourself, to deal with these strange feelings you suddenly have, all the pain, and all the angst. So much angst!

Hazard re
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Andreja

"We all collide. It made him think of Newton’s third law of motion: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction."


Can I give this book more than 5 stars? Five is not enough for this book.

Jesse and his crew are the cool kids in Bethany High. Hazard (yes that’s really his name) is a freshman who has a best friend named Emery and his little group of friends that mostly go unnoticed. One day everything changes and Hazard is invited to the cool kids table and he starts going to parties,
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Vixen
Collide was such a good read!

I literally couldn't stop reading it and had to read what went on next! n_n I loved the pace of the story and how it was written and it wasn't just... s l o w! It expanded and skipped days, sticking to the significant parts of story rather than wasting time with a whole bunch of un-needed words and dialog making if feel long and not keeping you interested like I know lots of books have. I LOVED the characters and how it was easy to become attached and want to know m
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Jamie Deacon
“We all collide”. It may only be a piece of graffiti scrawled on a brick wall, but, for fifteen-year-old Hazard James, it holds a deeper significance. We come into contact with countless people during our lifetime. Mostly these will be fleeting encounters that have little lasting effect, but occasionally, the collision will alter the course of our lives forever. This is precisely what happens in the case of Hazard and bad boy Jesse Wesley

Hazard is a good boy, who hates to be late for school and
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Major English (Laura)
I love how all the reviews below relate the experiences of this book and its characters (Hazard and Jesse) to their own lives and their own teenage experience... Thank you, Goodread readers for your honesty and insight. Very refreshing. And this book will certainly do that. It will make the reader glance back at their own youth with a sort of nostalgia and with a better understanding of what it was really like to be young.

This book takes place around the year 2004 (and beyond)and I would have b
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Lisa The Novel Approach
The bottom line is that Collide is about the misfit in all of us. Even the cool, rich kids and their parents have at least a little bit of that desperation inside them to fit in and deeply connect to another human being. It’s time for a new tat. “We All Collide”. You need to read the book to understand the significance of that line. Six months after reading Collide for the first time, I got that tattoo. It’s on my left forearm and visible to everyone. When someone asks what it means, I am happy ...more
Crystal
This isn't a perfect, or even typical, YA book but it just worked so well for me that I have to give it 5 stars. You probably have to be in the right mood to really appreciate it - it's long and slow-paced, almost philosophical at times. It does a lot of telling (rather than showing) and it's light on plot. It's more of a meandering journey through Hazard's adolescent years.

The story has a dark, melancholic undertone. I was always braced for something bad to happen, it just has that inevitably
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Brandon Shire
Enjoyed. A more realistic book about what teens go through than the white-washed PC versions of dribble I normally find in this genre. Teens have sex, they do dumb things, they experiment with drugs and make irrational decisions. That is a part of growing up.

Recommended.
Merin
I would not recommend this book. I had high hopes because of the many excellent reviews, but the writing quality is surprisingly low, to the point where I wonder if there was an editor involved at any point.

I haven't finished this book yet, having put it down a number of times in the first 20 pages. I'm only continuing because I want to know whether there are some more redeeming aspects.

Setting
It's set near to Seattle, in 2004. Nothing is wrong with this, but it definitely allowed the author m
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Don
Author Lenk has written, at the age of 17, a rather remarkably moving story about Hazard Oscar James, a Kitsap County kid who, having grown to adolescence mostly on his own, with remote and uninvolved parents, spends his high school years in desperate (and unsuccessful) attempts to overcome loneliness by winning approval of some of his more dicey classmates. He does so in a typically teenage manner -- by heavy drinking and partying. He enters into a self-described "friends with benefits" relatio ...more
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“we all collide. It made him think of Newton’s third law of motion:
for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. It was like, when
you collided with someone, they would not be in the same position as they
used to be. Everyone equally affected one another.”
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