Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Goodreads:"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 and how I found out about it—you're definitely going to want to hear about that. But first, I have to tell you about the stupidest thing I ever did . . ."
Sam Hopkins is bored with his status as a preacher's kid. So when a group of guys notorious for being in trouble offers him friendship, he accepts. Before long, he has several new skills—including hot-wiring cars.
At school, there's an eccentric loner named Jennifer. When Sam defends her from being bullied, she begins to seek him out as her only friend. Her ramblings often seem illogical . . . but then start to contain grains of truth. One leads Sam to discover that one of his new friends has been killed. And then she tells him, "I'm looking for the devil." Sam doesn't know what that means, but he knows it's a matter of life and death that he figure it out.
Everyone else thinks Jennifer is suffering from schizophrenia. But Sam is starting to wonder if there could be something prophetic in her words. Discovering the truth is going to be both crazy and dangerous.
My thoughts: I don't like writing three star reviews because it usually means I have nothing to say. The story is good. Writing is good. No complaints. Nothing really stands out for me. It's a good introduction to severe mental illness, bullying, and the role God plays. It's well written, touching on important and timely issues and includes a hero teenager and parents who listen to him, although not always agree with him.
*I received a free copy of this book from publishing company in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.