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Crash into me
Albert Borris
Teen Fiction BORRIS

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In this powerful debut, Borris follows a group of teenagers, each of whom has attempted suicide. Jin-Ae (a studious lesbian), Frank (a dejected sports lover), Nirvana-obsessed Audrey and lonely narrator Owen meet in a chat room and make a pact to take a cross-country "Celebrity Suicide Road Trip," stopping at the graves of Hunter S. Thompson, Kurt Cobain and others ("We're visiting our suicide family-our people," says Owen). They plan to kill themselves when they reach Death Valley. The well-developed characters have distinct reasons and histories that led to their earlier suicide attempts (a breakup, the death of a sibling). Their conversations over the weeks are tense, candid and often tempered with snarky humor: "Nothing like a four-way suicide pact to get you going in the morning," says Jin-Ae. Interspersed with chat-room flashbacks and Top 10 lists, Owen's delicate and insightful narrative voice carries the novel: "I suppose it doesn't matter what form love takes; maybe we just need to take it when it comes." It's a strikingly real account of an improvised family and the ways people change and grow. Ages 14-up. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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