Sunday, July 1, 2012

Review of CRAZY DANGEROUS by Andrew Klavan

CRAZY DANGEROUS by Andrew Klavan is the story of a teenage preacher’s kid named Sam Hopkins. Sam gets mixed up with the wrong set of friends, learning things he was never meant to learn. His life gets more complicated when he protects a strange girl named Jennifer. Jennifer has premonitions. Something bad is about to happen, and Sam must do something to stop it before it’s too late.

I enjoy reading a lot of different fiction books, but I had a difficult time getting into this story. It had its intensity and twists and turns, but the tone of the story didn’t pull me in. The story is told from the first-person of the main character. Several times it seemed that Sam would go off on a tangent, then finally come back to the events of the present moment. This made the narrative feel very shifty throughout, like the character couldn’t keep his attention focused for very long before being drawn by something else.

One of the strengths of the book is the characters. They’re interesting and well-developed. The climax of the story raises the stakes pretty high, especially for a young adult novel. Being a young adult novel, this book will probably appeal to high school students.

I received this book for free for review from Thomas Nelson through

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