My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Crazy Dangerous, written by Andrew Klavan took me by surprise. It’s a story about a 17-year-old preacher’s kid, who learns deeply and sometimes painfully about himself, bullies and mental illness.
At first, I wondered if I’d gotten myself into a Young Adult book, as it is written in a first-person voice by the kid himself. While pretty well-spoken, you knew it was the kid talking. Seriously. And I wasn’t sure I was up for it.
Ah, but then I was captured. Andrew Klavan breathed life into Sam and the entire story, along with most of the other characters for me – and I didn’t care whether this story was meant for teens or tweens. Only a few pages into the book, I knew it was for adults, too. I just wanted to hear more of Sam’s dry and somewhat self-effacing wit as he describes unbelievably harrowing and suspenseful adventures.
Sam faces moral and ethical dilemmas and leaves you wondering at times over his choices. But never do you want to put the story down. I heartily recommend Crazy Dangerous and look forward to reading more of Klavan’s work.