Crash and Burn is a story of two boys, Steven “Crash” Crashinsky and David “Burn” Burnett, whose paths are continuously crossing. Crash, having saved his high school from falling victim to Burn’s attempt to burn down the school, is the hero of this story. The entire novel is a series of flashbacks before the alleged burning of the school and the weeks after. The entire book is narrated by Crash. While this is a work of fiction it was written as it was the book that Crash was writing to reveal the secret that allowed him to stop Burn from putting their high school up in flames. Because of the style of writing is suppose to feel like someone straight out of high school, you get a very raw and honest look into what a teenager would have been doing during this time. This is where I found myself getting disinterested at points. Crash can be very crude at times and because of certain life events turns out to be some what of a woman-izer (his “hero” status only causes more girls to fall at his feet). All this being said there were some truly heartbreaking parts that allow for a better understanding for why Crash acts the way he does.
One thing that I absolutely loved about this novel is that the timeline of events coincided with my high years perfectly. I too was a senior in the year 2008. I loved all of the pop culture references!
Overall 4/5 stars. I would recommend to anyone who enjoyed Libba Bray’s Going Bovine.