Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan

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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.


About Michael Hassan

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Michael Hassan lives in the Northeast. Crash and Burn is his first novel.
Published February 19, 2013 by Balzer + Bray. 549 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Two teens' long-standing conflict culminates in an aborted school shooting in this bloated debut.

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Steve Crashinsky, known to his friends as Crash, is a hero: he convinced his mentally unstable classmate, David Burnett, not to set off the explosives that would have destroyed their high school and everyone in it, and he did it with the cameras rolling.

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I'm so excited after reading this review - I've had this on my list for forever now and now I really want to read it!

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Gr 9 Up—Steven "Crash" Crashinsky becomes a hero when he saves more than a thousand people at his high school by confronting his armed and dangerous classmate, David "Burn" Burnett, during a chilling hostage situation. Crash signs a book deal to write about events leading up to the crisis, his un...

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