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Crazy Dangerous was easily the most surprisingly enjoyable read I've had it a long time.
It was a fresh, clever and exciting adventure that dealt with the risky topics of religion and mental illness in a compassionate and relatable way.
The story is so brisk it felt far shorter then it full-length run time. It never wallowed in melodrama, subplots or backstory and I went though the whole book in one go.
I was hooked immediately and stayed engaged right through the action-packed climax that I couldn't have put down if I wanted to.
What I loved most about Crazy Dangerous was it's approach to the Christian faith.
I am a non-Christian and I almost always hate books with a religious leanings. They are usually either too preachy to be enjoyed or too flippant to be taken seriously.
Kalvan's down-to-Earth approach to religious belief was refreshing and framed the story perfectly. Sam is a good kid driven to do the right thing. His honest and decent nature was clearly informed by the moral teachings of his preacher father but the bible doesn't rigidly dictate his actions.
Sam seems to have many chances to take the 'easy' way out of the tangled web he finds himself in. The more we understand Sam though, the more we realise that when it comes to him doing the right thing, whatever the consequences, there is no choice about it at all.
Being so completely invested in Sam as a character and just cheering for him to overcome the violent malevolent forces seeking to hurt others made Crazy Dangerous utterly compelling reading.
I cannot recommend this book enough to anyone wants a powerful YA read.
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