jtdutton (jtdutton) wrote in classof2k9,


Win a copy of Crash into Me!

Thank you, Class of 2k9, for inviting me here today to talk about Albert Borris’s debut novel, Crash into Me.  Class groupies may already know the premise: Crash into Me is the story of four teens with 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 do themselves in.  As they drive cross-country, bonding over their dark impulses, sharing their deepest secrets and desires, and confronting their fears, each must decide whether life is worth living, or if there’s no turning back.

 When I dipped into this manuscript for the first time, I knew it would be dark.  I knew it would be edgy.  I had no idea it would make me laugh.  Crash into Me isn’t just a suicide book—it’s also a friendship book, a hook-up book, a road trip book.  The premise is dark, but the writing has so many unexpected moments of humor and romance and hope.  It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, and it pulls at your heartstrings throughout.  Every new twist in the road will keep you guessing.

In Albert’s career as a high school counselor, he worked daily with teenagers dealing with the fears and issues that come up in this book—issues of depression, suicide, sexuality, and abuse.  When you read Crash into Me, you will feel how deeply he cares about these kids—and it will make you feel deeply about each of his characters.  Albert’s compassion, humor, and love for life ring clearly throughout his writing.

Would you like to win a copy of this darkly funny, romantic, edgy debut?  Post a comment telling me the last book that surprised you (in a good way), and you will be entered to win a three-pack of fantastic YA novels by first-time authors: Pure by Terra Elan McVoy, Break by Hannah Moskowitz, and Crash into Me by Albert Borris.

Congratulations, Albert, on this stunning debut.


Anica Mrose Rissi

Senior Editor, Simon Pulse


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