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Crash Into Me

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  5,390 ratings  ·  400 reviews
Owen, Frank, Audrey, and Jin-Ae have one thing in common: they all want to die. When they meet online after each attempts suicide and fails, the four teens make a deadly pact: they will escape together on a summer road trip to visit the sites of celebrity suicides... and at their final destination, they will all end their lives.

As they drive cross-country, bonding over th
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Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Simon Pulse (first published June 24th 2009)
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Cory
Oct 31, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Warning: This morning I was feeling kind of bad because lately, I've given a lot of books really low ratings. Then it came to me -- I didn't write these stupid books, why should I feel afraid to give my honest opinion? Therefore, if you like this book, I'll advise you not to read this review because I'm going to be as honest as I can.

Crash into Me is the second book I've read that deals with teen suicide. The first was Thirteen Reasons Why. Crash into Me had potential, but ultimately it failed.
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Sesana
Mar 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Four suicidal teens decide to go on a road trip. They'll tour the graves of famous people who killed themselves, then commit suicide as a group in Death Valley. Sound tense? It certainly can be.

But the pacing is so very slow. Considering how important the suicide grave tour seems to be in the blurb, and at the beginning of the story, most of the book takes place in between. This is not necessarily bad, because some of the best moments in the book happen in those in between places. But it does m
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Ashley
Mar 19, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suicide, ya
Wow, okay. So I found this thing online about trying to read books out of your interest zone. One of the suggestions was to pick a book based solely on a cover that you would otherwise not read. Don't look at the summary - just pick a book and go for it. I'd been reading a bunch of depressing contemporary YA (often suicide-related), and I picked this because the cover makes it look like a corny romance with the brooding bad boy and the shy girl. It is a silly trope that I don't normally go for, ...more
Caroline (Words & Whispers)
Oct 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who like morbidy/suicide
Shelves: my-library
Picking up Crash Into Me, I'll admit, I was skeptical. The back sounds morbid, and in all honesty, this book is drenched in morbid and depressed thoughts. Don't expect a light read with this one. The characters, especially the main character whose perspective the novel is written from, Owen, are all singled-minded and intent on ending their lives. Or so it seems when you first start. While I wasn't pining for the romance or feeling all that sympathetic for Owen, even I was scared when it seemed ...more
Nick
Jul 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-reading
I liked it. It was vague at times, which left me wanting a little bit more on the back stories of the pack. The writing wasn't crazy-sensational, but it was without flaws and suited the book.

There were no 'chapters' per se, so it was hard to know where to leave my bookmark. But that's fine, I didn't really want to put it down anyway. By the end, it left me thinking (view spoiler), which is exactly what a good book should do.

The
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Ellen Hopkins
Aug 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Al Borris's work as a high school counselor really gives this book an authenticity others on the same subject lack. My only issues is the ending which felt a bit contrived.
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Lauren Ashley for TeensReadToo.com

Owen blames himself for something he can't change. After a few suicide attempts, he meets Jin-Ae, Frank, and Audrey online and they form a bond, a friendship, a pact. The four of them set out on a road trip to visit the graves of several suicide victims, such as Kurt Cobain in Seattle.

At the end, they promise to all kill themselves in Death Valley, California. But during the trip, what will change? Will Owen find the happiness he yearns to have?

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BookCupid
May 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Nothing screams excitement more than a roadtrip story -- but what about a suicide trip?

Owen and three online pals embark on a mission to visit death celebrity sites before they willingly drive off to a deserted spot and end their lives. All of them have tried on their own and failed. Will this be a final destination or can all these teens help one another overcome their issues?

Absent parents, heartbreak, sexual identity issues, the loss of a loved one ... there are many reasons why teens commit
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Haley Thompson
Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the book Crash into me, because I was at the half priced book store and was looking for a book to read an I picked up this book and read the back and I know I had to get it because it had me hooked from the time I picked it up to the time I put it down 6 days later.
At the beginning it kind of felt like I shouldn’t be reading it because it is about suicide but it was a very good book. And I read it the whole time on the plane ,4 hours 30 minutes, to Boston, Massachusetts from Dallas, Texas
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♥ Sarah
Feb 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
2.5 - 3 stars

Four suicidal teens who meet online, decide to go on a road trip and visit the graves of famous people that committed suicide. Their last stop: Death Valley, where they’ll kill themselves.

Doesn’t that sound like one hell of a plot? I was instantly drawn to the original, bleak, morbid, depressing description of the book. I mean, 4 suicidal teens going on a road trip? I was hoping for one hell of an emotional rollercoaster.

Alas, the emotional content was painfully lacking. I didn’t r
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Tammy Dahle
Sep 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My thoughts:
Is life worth living in spite of the pain? That is the question that I believe is asked and answered during this journey. Owen, Jin-Ae, Frank and Audry have formed an unusual bond. They met in an online "suicide" chat room and they all desperately want to end their lives.
This story is narrated by Owen-the quiet, observant one of the group. Besides Owen, the group includes Frank who has a drinking problem, Jin-Ae a closet lesbian and Audrey, a compulsive liar. Their pasts are revealed
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Arlene
I didn't know what to expect when I started Crashing into Me. Actually, I was a bit nervous having just finished Black Box by Schumacher, so picking up another angsty YA novel about teen su!c!de was an inadvertent mistake on my part. However, once I started reading about Owen, Frank, Jin-Ae and Audrey's story, I was drawn into a not-so-morbid-after-all account of their lives.

These four teenagers each have one thing in common, they are all planning to commit su!c!de. Very, very sad... But before
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Savannah (Books With Bite)
I loved this book because of the hope it brings. Four friends gather together for one last trip before they kill themselves. All of them stricken by some type of guilt or pain just want out of this world. During this trip they discover that there is much more to life.


Hope. I love this book. All four of them found each other with no one else to lean one, they found hope together in their unique friendship. During their trip, they visit graves of people who committed suicide as well as fulfilling
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Josheka
May 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, e-book, gave-up-on
Ahhghhh!!! After several attempts to get interested in this book, I finally gave up!
Seriously, even a tortoise can move faster than this story!

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I think the concept of 4 suicidal teens going on a road-trip only to die in the end together was weirdly innovative....only it would've been much better if the story had something other than past IM messages that the teens had and small clips of what was actually happening. I had to keep myself from sleeping while reading this book as there was nothing
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Kristen
Aug 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult, romance-y
Okay, so I rarely do this, but - I picked up this novel with NO idea what it was about. So I was surprised to learn it was about kids making a suicide pact, but going on a death road trip first to see famous suicide graves/places.

I really fell in love with Owen a bit, who is the main focus of the book. He really has some serious issues and I was surprised by what surfaced later in the book. I love the hilarious moments of the book and the way it was written - broken up by previous IM chats that
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Janet
Aug 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read Thirteen Reasons Why, and knew that although I wasn’t a fan of that book, the topic of suicide is crucial for teens. Here is a book that does it justice. Borris has a deft way with character and plot, and his topic is timely, and the portrait of teen suffering is balanced and real. I loved this book, and couldn’t put it down. Tragically, Borris has suffered a massive stroke; I hope with a passion that he regains his words, because he is a powerful storyteller who has so much to say to ...more
Jocelyn Stocker
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response:
I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would at the beginning. It started off slow, vague, and slightly confusing, with a numb tone to it. However, as the story progressed, the tone became more emotional and the story became easier to follow. The characters were relatable, and their personalities were distinct. There were many surprising moments in the plot, which kept me interested to the end.

Plot:
Told from the point of view of Owen, the story follows four suicidal teenagers
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shrug city
OK troubled-teen issue novel. I think I've grown out of the genre, and ended up appreciating it more as a 2000s period piece than anything else. Characters except the main are rather thin, and even our MC is more Perks of Being a Wallflower than anything else. Also, the Korean lesbian character (who I loved! And was excited about!) ends up having sex with a man and categorically refuses the prospect of existing within the queer community they encounter. I did not understand why Borris felt the n ...more
Angela Almeida
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many authors portray different themes for suicide of the characters, as well in their reasoning for wanting to commit it. Defiance, despair, love, and honor are some of the common reasons in books. It is written as the result of depression that the character possesses in most cases.

Crash Into Me is written by Albert Borris. He is a national award-winning student assistance counselor. Albert Borris is also a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, who specializes in working with teens. He runs work
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Arielle
Oct 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm..where to begin? I first heard about this book on my library's website and I requested it right away..it took about 2 months for me to actually get it. But I am happy that I got it at all, I liked this book although I had some issues with it too.

The good: I liked all the characters for the most part, even though they did have some annoying tendencies. There are four characters, although Owen is the main character I would say. There is Audrey (the eccentric one) , Frank (the drunk) and Jin-A
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Maddy
Crash Into Me by Albert Borris is a book about four teenagers: Owen, Frank, Jin-Ae and Audrey. All of them want out; they don’t want to live any longer. Or thats what they think. Each one has their own reasons for feeling like they can no longer live, and that they should just take their lives away by simply killing themselves. After all four attempt suicide and fail, the four teens meet online and make a pact; to go on a road trip to visit celebrity suicide sites, and at the end of the road tri ...more
Katie M.
I barely made it through this one.
The plot in itself was interesting, and the kind of thing that once I heard it, I was instantly interested in reading it. Problem is, the plot means nothing if the characters such. And these characters MORE than sucked.
They had little personality to me. It was weird. They were so different. They had the potential to be interesting but they just weren't, and as much as I tried to be interested in them, or to care for them, I just couldn't. It was like this to
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Sammie
Mar 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Raven DeLajour
I was looking forward to reading this book when I got it from the library. When I started it, though, I found myself struggling with connecting with any of the characters. I'll admit that some of them had their moments, but I found myself not caring about any of them. I think this was due to the writing. There wasn't a lot of emotion in any of the scenes or dialogue. It's like Borris held back with any emotion, like he didn't want to show any 'sentimentality'. With a topic concerning suicide, th ...more
Kelly Hager
This was similar to a Nick Hornby book, A Long Way Down.

Like ALWD, this book is about four people who want to kill themselves. (Teenagers, in this case.) They decide to take a road trip and visit graves (of famous people who have killed themselves--Anne Sexton, Ernest Hemingway, Hunter S. Thompson and Kurt Cobain) and then go to Death Valley and kill themselves.

The book is a lot less depressing than you'd think (at least in parts--it's still pretty heavy reading material, because it's about four
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Krista (I remember you, Min) (Critical)
CRASH INTO ME was pretty much what I expected it to be. It took me a while to understand/distinguish the different characters, and quite a while fot them to actually start developing. That being said, I have to point out that this book sort of skims over things in fast-motion...I felt like the character's weren't delved into far enough--I hardly understood why anyone of them even decided to commit suicide in the first place. I mean, it's explained why the main character, Owen, is suicidal, but I ...more
Mary
Nov 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Suicide Dogs are on a cross-country trip with Death Valley their final location. Owen is the biographer for the group, Frank is the frustrated athlete, Jin-Ae is the closeted lesbian and Audrey is the runaway. They meet online and decide to take this journey. Their friendship develops over the trip. Some of the teens change their minds about suicide along the way. Owen seems the most emotional of the group. It is an amazing look at the mind of teenagers. I find it interesting that they never ...more
Gabie (OwlEyesReviews)
Hmm. This one was an interesting one. I thought that it would make me want to cry. I thought by the end of this book I would have puffy eyes. I thought that I would be put into a book hangover by this book. But that wasn't the case. The writing style was very different than I was expecting. The main character was a blank picture left for the reader to paint. And the storyline was not as dark as I thought it was going to be. Good book, just not what I thought I was going to be reading.

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Jaquan Starling
I thought this book was fantastic I enjoyed it alot the writing was just... understandable the author really outdid themselves I think you should really check it out u wont be disappointed the thought of this book was strange people plan to die togather it was a little strange but neverless this was a good book
Aljon
Going into this book, I thought I would be able to connect to the characters, but instead this book brought back terrible memories. I'm no way bashing this book AT ALL, it's just that I think it was wrong timing for me. I don't think I'll be able continue.
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Albert Borris has tracked snow leopards in the Himalayas, backpacked through Iceland, and skated ultra-marathons in Georgia, but his favorite daily adventure is working with teens. Albert is a national award winning student assistance counselor. As a teacher and counselor, he runs workshops on suicide prevention, drug abuse issues, and peer leadership for youth. In spite of the bad jokes, he choos ...more
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