Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan

I just loved the beginning of this book. What a great way to draw a reader in! This is superb as a teen read. I think every teen would enjoy it, probably 10-17 range. It's got everything you could possibly want in a suspense, Christian fiction for teens. I did think it got a bit too sassy in tone at times, but then most teens are sassy, so it is true to life.

The character development is excellent. The descriptions are on target -- not too involved and not to light. The characters are believable and relationships have that real, human feel to where you almost feel the bike rolling in the potholes, and the sweat beading on the forehead.

I really wish this guy would delve into the problems and tensions in an adult realm.

Book 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 . . . you're definitely going to want to hear about that."
Sam Hopkins is a good kid who has fallen in with a bad crowd. Hanging around with car thieves and thugs, Sam knows it’s only a matter of time before he makes one bad decision too many and gets into real trouble.
But one day, Sam sees them harassing an eccentric schoolmate of his named Jennifer. When Sam finds the courage to face the bullies down, he loses a bad set of friends and acquires a very strange new one.
Because Jennifer is not just eccentric. To Sam, she seems downright crazy. She has terrifying hallucinations involving demons and the devil and death. And here’s the really crazy part: Sam is beginning to suspect that these visions may actually be prophecies—prophecies of something terrible that’s going to happen very soon. Unless he can stop it.
With no one to believe him, with no one to help him, Sam is now all alone in a race against time. Finding the truth before disaster strikes is going to be both crazy and very, very dangerous.

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