Book Review: “Crazy Dangerous” by Andrew Klavan

How crazy are you?

This story is about a boy and a girl. Simple, right? That’s how it seems, but only at first. We get to see inside the life of Jennifer up front, and it is poetically spooky with a splash of childlike humor. But then we are transported into the mind of Sam Hopkins, and he is our guide for the main adventure. So what’s this book about? Well, being a youth thriller, I’m not about to give away any major plot points, so let’s just keep it at how Sam describes his adventure. After all, it’s enough to tell you that you haven’t even begun the tale…

“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.”

This tale can be frightening – it all depends on how easily you are spooked or how real books are to you. Are you the reader that becomes immersed in the tale, seeing the events play before your eyes as if they are actually occurring? If so, you may just jump. Otherwise, you might find the cheeky humor that Klavan provides in his writing style. It’s hard not to believe what the narration provides, at least with a grain of salt, that is. Hopkins becomes real as a result of Klavan’s excellent authorship. Having narrowed down the inner thoughts and psyche of a youth, this book is anything but hard to enjoy.

I supposed that’s the most important part here. Klavan’s prose and meter is enough to convince you that Hopkins is a real boy, not just some wooden puppet. His efforts at the storyline and suspense are well-placed, keeping the pages turning. And there’s a spiritual side, too. It is biblical? With so many theologies out there on angels and demons, maybe it’s best you examine it for yourself. After all, writing this review has got me convinced that I’m seeing things out of the corners of my eyes…

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