Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan | Teen InkSteven Crashinsky — Crash — saved his entire school by convincing long-time peer David Burnett — Burn — to stop his plans on taking everyone hostage. This is the story of Crash stopping Burn. Crash received a book contract to tell the story of stopping Burn. They were never friends. But they ran in similar circles. Crash has ADD.
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Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan
Sign up for our newsletters! Stephen Crashinsky is a normal kid. No one except David Burnett. The book begins after the situation has occurred and everyone considers Crash to be a hero, which he is. He has achieved national fame by appearing on TV shows and is reaping the benefits.
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Thank you! Two teens' long-standing conflict culminates in an aborted school shooting in this bloated debut. ADD pothead Steven Crashinsky and evil genius David Burnett have been best frenemies since Burn almost blew up their elementary school—with Crash in it. Circling each other uneasily throughout their school careers, they always come back together when tragedy strikes, as when Crash's parents divorce or Burn's mother dies. Hassan sacrifices storytelling for voice, which might work if this overwritten novel were half as long. It feels as though the author has thrown everything at this plot but the kitchen sink. Most readers will have zoned out by the time the author finally gets around to the novel's nonclimactic climax.
Please enter the email address that you use to login to TeenInk. Warning-This review contains spoilers. Michael Hassan's Crash and Burn is an intriguing story. In his debut novel, Hassan paints the picture of how Steven-Crash to his friends- Crashinksy managed to outwit with David "Burn" Burnett and save more than a thousand people from being blown to bits with high power explosives or assault weapons. This book is amazing and very thought-provoking, containing some mature content that may be a little disturbing to some who can not handle it. I have a strong connection to this novel because of the events that happened on April 16th, I have read a few other books about school shootings, some even written by people who live in Blacksburg.