Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan, sponsored by YA Bound Tours. Andrew Klavan is an awarded winning author, media commentator, and screen writer. The Homelanders, his series of young adult thrillers, has been optioned by Summit Entertainment. You can read more about Andrew Klavan below. Please be sure to enter the giveaway below to win an e-book of Crazy Dangerous, and you can visit the rest of the stops on the tour. (Tour Schedule)
Crazy Dangerousby Andrew Klavan
Published May 1, 2012 by Thomas Nelson
Description: "You probably want to hear about Jennifer and the demons and how I played chicken with a freight train and—oh yeah—the weird murder and how I found out about it—you're definitely going to want to hear about that. But first, I have to tell you about the stupidest thing I ever did . . "
Sam Hopkins is bored with his status as a preacher's kid. So when a group of guys notorious for being in trouble offers him friendship, he accepts. Before long, he has several new skills—including hot-wiring cars.
Everyone else thinks Jennifer is suffering from schizophrenia. But Sam is starting to wonder if there could be something prophetic in her words. Discovering the truth is going to be both crazy and dangerous.
My Thoughts: Sam Hopkins is a preacher's kid, who just wants everyone to accept him for who he is, not for who his father is. Most of the book is narrated by Sam, whose inner dialogues are hilarious. I really liked Sam. He has a funny, charismatic personality, and he doesn't take any crap from others. The rest of the book is from Jennifer's point of view. She is a mentally ill teenager, who is having disturbing visions. As you can read in the book description, Sam is one tough little dude. After a run-in with three hoodlums, Sam ends up becoming friends with them....not a wise decision. They teach him how to break into cars and how to pick locks. One evening he ends up running into Jennifer, and she tells him about her visions. Sam knows she is a little off, yet he can't help but feel that there is more truth to what she is saying than just the rantings of some crazy person. His hoodlum friends show up and end up trying to hurt Jennifer. Sam ends up punching Jeff, the leader, and telling Jennifer to run. He then ends up getting beaten-up pretty badly. Unbeknownst to Sam, one of the hoodlums filmed the whole thing on his phone and posts it on Facebook, only it backfires on him, and Sam ends up being a hero at school. At this point in the story, things get even more interesting as the plot thickens.
When I first started reading Crazy Dangerous, I immediately liked Sam Hopkins. It took me a few chapters to really get into the book, but once I did, I was anxious to see what was coming next. Jennifer was portrayed as mentally ill, but Sam believed there was more to her visions, and almost felt they could be prophetic in nature, like something in the Bible. Needles to say, everyone thought Sam was crazy for even thinking along those lines, even his father, yet Sam couldn't put the things Jennifer said out of his mind. The story is mysterious and filled with twists, turns, mayhem, and murder. I didn't know what was going to happen next, and I couldn't wait to find out. It also advocates good morals, love, and truth, while bringing to light the turmoil those with mental illnesses face. Andrew Klavan has done an outstanding job in writing this YA thriller, which depicts the age-old struggle of good versus evil. The story is suspenseful, has an element of horror, and a hero to boot, and it is definitely an good read.
About the Author: Award winning author, screenwriter and media commentator Andrew Klavan is the author of such internationally bestselling novels as True Crime, filmed by Clint Eastwood, and Don’t Say A Word, filmed starring Michael Douglas. Andrew has been nominated for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award five times and has won twice. His books have been translated around the world. His latest novel for adults, The Identity Man, has been praised by Nelson Demille as “fast paced, intelligent and thought-provoking; a great read!” Television and radio host Glenn Beck says “Andrew Klavan never disappoints…one of the best illustrations of the power of redemption that I’ve ever read.” His last novel Empire of Lies was about media bias in the age of terror, and topped Amazon.com’s thriller list. Andrew has also published a series of thrillers for young adults, The Homelanders, which follows a patriotic teenager’s battle against jihadists. The books have been optioned to be made into movies by Summit Entertainment, the team behind the mega-successful Twilight film series.
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