Reviewed for Great Minds Think Aloud
Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“Crazy dangerous” is an appealing YA novel with excellent scenery, realistic characters, and a pair of empathetic protagonists, one female, one male. Sam is a wiry, dedicated, sometimes invisible but too often bullied, boy who wants to train himself to be good enough for the track team. Surprisingly, especially considering he is frequently the victim of physical bullying and brutality, Sam harbors a tremendous amount of rage-and sometimes that erupts.
Jennifer, unlike her older brother, is also a victim. But Jennifer has additional issues: she hears-and now sees-visions: otherworldly creatures, in addition to the repellent voices. Her brother is kind to her and protective of her, but usually her mother is too tired and just doesn’t want to know. Even though Jennifer and Sam are classmates, their spheres don’t intersect until some time after Sam has made a wrong choice, to hang with a trio of thugs. When he discovers that these boys are not just potential thieves as well as troublemakers, but are captained by a vicious sadist who wants to seriously hurt Jennifer, Sam has to make the decision: do right and suffer, or fall in with the group and let someone else be seriously hurt.
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