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A few months ago we issued the following press release to get the word out about Albert Borris, the stroke he suffered, and his fabulous novel Crash Into Me:


Debut YA novelist Albert Borris has a way with words.

Or rather, had a way with words.

This past December, just months before the release of CRASH INTO ME (Simon Pulse), Albert suffered a stroke so powerful, his doctors told him he was lucky to be alive.

And alive he is, having made a full physical recovery, enough to roughhouse with his two young sons and work out at the gym. However, Albert is still working on recovering something else: his words.

To be sure, they are all up there in his brilliant mind. He just can’t get them out – verbally or on paper – in the correct order, yet. But he’s working on it.

Prior to his stroke, Albert was a full time teen counselor, husband and father. He also served as Co-President of The Class of 2k9, a group of 22 debut middle grade and young adult novelists banding together to promote their books. Words were his thing. Communicating with others, in person and on the page, was his specialty.

As his friends and fellow debut novelists, we, the Class of 2k9, are making it our business to get the word out about Albert and his novel, CRASH INTO ME. Here's a bit about it:

When Owen, Frank, Audrey, and Jin-Ae meet online after each attempts suicide and fails, the four teens mak e 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 their dark impulses, sharing their deepest secrets and desires, living it up, hooking up, and becoming true friends, each must decide whether life is worth living--or if there's no turning back.

Won’t you join us in spreading the word?

Pass this on to every librarian, teacher, and teen reader you know.

Send him an encouraging note on our website.

Blog about Albert.

Pre order his book.

Anything you can think of to show your support would be deeply appreciated.

Thank you.

The Class of 2k9


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Jul. 7th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
Sending much support in Albert's direction!
Jul. 7th, 2009 07:13 am (UTC)
On Twitter, I've added the hashtag #CrashIntoMe to my tweets about Albert's book and would encourage others to do the same (or come up with another hashtag!).

I've also linked to his site at http://www.albertborris.com as well as to this post and the 2K9 site as well.

If anyone has a link to the Kirkus review, that would be wonderful, but I couldn't find one.

I wish Albert a continued and full recovery, and tip my hat to all your 2k9'ers for the way you've risen up to help!
Jul. 7th, 2009 11:22 am (UTC)
Twitter Book Party for Albert
We're throwing a party today for CRASH INTO ME on Twitter:


Thanks to Greg Pincus for the suggestion.
Jul. 8th, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
Thank You!!
The Class of 2k9 wants to thank Greg, Mitali, Lee, Neil Gaiman, MediaBistro and everyone for continuing to spread the word about Albert and his book! You guys are awesome and are the embodiment of the true meaning of "community." Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.
Jul. 8th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
My heart goes out to Albert.... Praying he'll soon make a full recovery from the aphasia.

Blogged about his book here: http://sharigreen.wordpress.com/2009/07/08/crash-into-me/
Jul. 8th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
Kirkus Review of Crash Into Me
I'll be linking from my blog as well (http://careann.wordpress.com), and wishing Albert a full recovery. Someone was asking about the Kirkus Review, and it's at http://www.kirkusreviews.com/kirkusreviews/search/search_results_taxo.jsp?startDate=04/09/2009&endDate=07/08/2009&cf=&ct=&cu=&rpp=10&sb=REFERENCE_DATE&so=DESC&ti=2&tp=vnuTaxoPool&numRet=200&src=&showAbs=true&srchMeta=true&shwTotal=true&metaSrchNum=250&numMeta=20&pi=&pubList=Kirkus%20Reviews&kw=%22Crash+Into+Me%22&au=&mt=&mv=&esindct=false

Don't know if that will come out as a clickable link, so here's the review itself:
"This is no ordinary road trip. After four high-school students-reticent narrator Owen, perpetual liar Audrey, Korean-American lesbian Jin-Ae and socially inept, alcoholic Frank-meet online, they head west on a celebrity-suicide road trip. Their last planned stop is Death Valley, where they will carry out a suicide pact. During their intense two weeks together, the teens bond emotionally and physically, as they make self-discoveries, explore their own reasons for committing suicide and feel validated for the first time. Flashbacks to the students' online chats show how far they've traveled-in miles and in changed perceptions. As they approach their final destination, they must decide if their trip has come to a conclusion-or if their lives are just beginning. This gripping debut novel gives a spot-on portrayal of depressed and suicidal teens with realistic voices. Fans of Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why (2007) will find this page-turner a hopeful alternative. (Fiction. YA)" -- Kirkus Reviews
Jul. 8th, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
I just posted a short blog on Albert at

and am happy to help in any way I can!

xo, guys - you are terrific.
Jul. 15th, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
Albert Borris
I blogged about Albert here:


Margay Leah Justice
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