I first noted this article circulating around Twitter. As a writer, it touched a spot in me because for a person to be a writer, you need a voice. You need your words. It makes you who you are, to be able to communicate and get out what you want/need to say. So when I read the article about Albert Borris, I had to wonder what I'd do in his shoes.
For those who don't know, Albert Borris is a debut YA novelist who this past December suffered a stroke that left him unable to communicate his thoughts, either vocally or written. Doctors told him that he was lucky to be alive, and he has since made a full physical recovery. However, one thing hasn't recovered yet and that his is words. They are there, but because of the stroke, he was left unable to get them out.
A group of friends and other writers (22 middle grade and young adult novelists) are now focusing to get word out about the novel, Crash Into Me. As a full time teen counselor, Albert Borris' work can clearly be seen in the content of his novel. It is not something light but a dark (possibly controversial) tale of teens finding themselves and figuring out if life is worth living.
When Owen, Frank, Audrey, and Jin-Ae meet online after each attempts suicide and fails, the four teens mak e a deadly pact: they will escape together on a summer road trip to visit the sites of celebrity suicides...and at their final destination, they will all end their lives. As they drive cross-country, bonding over their dark impulses, sharing their deepest secrets and desires, living it up, hooking up, and becoming true friends, each must decide whether life is worth living--or if there's no turning back.