Waiting on Wednesday: Crash and Burn

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Waiting on Wednesday: Crash and Burn

Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan

Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan
Published by Balzer + Bray
Pub Date: February 19th 2013
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On April 21, 2008, Steven “Crash” Crashinsky saved more than a thousand people when he stopped his classmate David Burnett from taking their high school hostage armed with assault weapons and high-powered explosives. You likely already know what came after for Crash: the nationwide notoriety, the college recruitment, and, of course, the book deal. What you might not know is what came before: a story of two teens whose lives have been inextricably linked since grade school, who were destined, some say, to meet that day in the teachers’ lounge of Meadows High. And what you definitely don’t know are the words that Burn whispered to Crash right as the siege was ending, a secret that Crash has never revealed.

Until now.

Michael Hassan’s shattering novel is a tale of first love and first hate, the story of two high school seniors and the morning that changed their lives forever. It’s a portrait of the modern American teenage male, in all his brash, disillusioned, oversexed, schizophrenic, drunk, nihilistic, hopeful, ADHD-diagnosed glory. And it’s a powerful meditation on how normal it is to be screwed up, and how screwed up it is to be normal.


This book has lots of mixed reviews so far, but I’m still really curious about it, considering the premise. I’m looking forward to making my own mind up about it and hoping it’s not a letdown. We’ll see!!


Jess @ Gone with the Words

14 Responses to “Waiting on Wednesday: Crash and Burn”

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    I’ve had this one on my list too! I’m patiently waiting for it! LOL

    Great pick!

    here’s my WoW

    jaime @ Fic Fare

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