Collide by J.R. Lenk


Being bisexual is cool now—unless you're a boy. Or so it seems to invisible fifteen-year-old Hazard James. But when he falls in with bad apple Jesse Wesley, Hazard is suddenly shoved into the spotlight. Jesse and his friends introduce him to the underworld of teenage life: house parties, hangovers, the advantages of empty homes, and reputation by association. So what if his old friends don't get it? So what if some people love to hate him? Scre...

Details Collide

Release DateApr 15th, 2012
PublisherHarmony Ink Press
GenreRomance, M M Romance, LGBT, Young Adult, Contemporary

Reviews Collide

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    Holy angst-balls, batman! This book was a freaking crazy ride. I'm not sure if I loved it or hated it. I don't know what to think. First of all, this book reminded me so much of Don't Let Me Go. If you were a fan of that, you will probably enjoy this one too. Is this a romance book? I'm not sure I would call it that. It is more of a coming-of-age story than anything else. For me, the focus was on Hazard and Hazard alone and how he changed over ti...
  • ☆ Todd
    A full FIVE YEARS AFTER READING and I still remember & think about this very touching YA novel from time to time, so it deserves a status bump.It's so full of genuine feels and the book is full of song titles & band names, so I strongly suggest YouTubing the songs as they're mentioned, as they take the reading experience to a whole other level.4.5 well-deserved stars, rounding up.
  • Tina
    Ok. I don't know where to begin. Being a middle aged heterosexual woman, one would not think that this book would resonate with me. One couldn't be more wrong. The story is about a 14 year old misfit and a 16 year old "cool" misfit. That is a very simplistic description.I WAS Hazard. I know, the straight, woman thing. But I was a misfit. Like Hazard, I didn't really fit in any one group in school. I often felt completely alone and lonely and unlo...
  • Michael Bowler
    Normally I hate it when people tell me a movie or book is “the best” they’ve ever seen or read, because my expectations raise so high that I’m invariably disappointed. Having said that, I have to confess, in all honesty, that “Collide” is one of the best books I’ve ever read, and I’ve read A LOT of books. In fact, I read it twice. This book is simply amazing!It’s an achingly poignant and bittersweet account of two painfully lone...
  • Laxmama
    I don't know where to begin with this review - excuse my ramblings, memories and scattered thoughts, this is a book I cannot get out of my head. Although it is a story centered around high school kids, for me there was much more involved in this. I am a mom of kids the same age as the two M/C's, yet this clearly brought back so many HS emotions. I lived so much of all these kids lives, the non-existent parents, raising myself, both M/C's being on...
  • Andreja
    "We all collide. It made him think of Newton’s third law of motion: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." Can I give this book more than 5 stars? Five is not enough for this book.Jesse and his crew are the cool kids in Bethany High. Hazard (yes that’s really his name) is a freshman who has a best friend named Emery and his little group of friends that mostly go unnoticed. One day everything changes and Hazard is invited t...
  • Kiki
    Sometimes engrossing, sometimes dull, and eventually left me feeling depressed ... The depressed feeling is from the pacing, I think. If the story had continued past the "hopeful" ending and given me more time seeing the characters interact in a positive way, I think I'd have had a better reaction.
  • Mike Oaks
    How to belongIt wasn’t until I got to the 50% mark in the book that I started to connect with Hazard. I wasn’t feeling his need to make Emery jealous, or all the partying he was doing with Jesse. Then it hit me, Hazard was slowly falling in love. I don’t think he knew it yet, and since the book is in his perspective, it wasn’t obvious. The back half of the book puts the first half into perspective. There is a fight scene that was so real ...
  • L'marie
    I loved this book and it would make a great movie with a kick ass soundtrack. Collide will definitely take you back to high school. Oh yes, all those wonderful, tearful and cringe worthy moments will be remembered. I bet everyone knew someone like the MC’s or the side characters back in the day. Hazard (aka Danger) and Jesse are very frustrating characters. You can see their truth even when they can’t. They are good boys who feel lost and alo...
  • Jordie.R
    THIS. This book was one of the best things I have read this year. I'm torn between wanting to read it all over again right now and to never read the words again. I felt like I was Hazard. I felt his pain. Ya know that feeling of being unsure of where you stand with your friends? That awful feeling that maybe your best friend likes someone more than they like you? That maybe the person you are in love with and love more than anyone else in the wor...
  • Nichole (DirrtyH)
    self-indulgent load of immature teenage angst with a lot of alcohol and writing on people and walls with sharpies. anyone who misses high school will be thanking God it's over after reading this. it might be better if you are a teenager and can read this and be like" oh, that's me!" but for anyone else, this is meandering, focusless drivel.
  • Skye Kilaen
    Heavily atmospheric YA novel about 14 year old misfit Hazard and how his life changes due to his relationship with 16 year old "bad boy" Jesse. It felt hauntingly familiar to me, despite the author writing it as a teenager in 2010-ish (estimate based on an interview I read) and me being in my mid-40s. It perfectly captures that high school experience of not fitting in, of the feeling that space and events away from school and parents are the most...
  • Brandon Shire
    Enjoyed. A more realistic book about what teens go through than the white-washed PC versions of dribble I normally find in this genre. Teens have sex, they do dumb things, they experiment with drugs and make irrational decisions. That is a part of growing up. Recommended.
  • Major English (Laura)
    I love how all the reviews below relate the experiences of this book and its characters (Hazard and Jesse) to their own lives and their own teenage experience... Thank you, Goodread readers for your honesty and insight. Very refreshing. And this book will certainly do that. It will make the reader glance back at their own youth with a sort of nostalgia and with a better understanding of what it was really like to be young. This book takes place a...
  • Maggie Simms
    4.5 awesome starsThis book was simply sensational. It was such a roller coaster. All the characters (with the exception of Emery as he was perfect) were so beautifully FLAWED. Nothing was black and white and no character was two-dimensional. The book was so RAW and just BEAUTIFUL. It had me guessing the entire time where the story was going. No predictable plot here. Can't wait to read more by this author.I highly recommend this book to anyone th...
  • Camille Adams
    I couldn't connect with this. This is not my experience and I get the strenuous bid for meaning but the writing did not serve this desire nor was I particularly moved. Plus, I just didn't think it was that good. I don't get the rave reviews. I need an everyone-loves-but-me shelf for this.
  • MsMelbourne
    It's hard to describe this book. It's incredibly, incredibly intense. It's painful at times, it's frustrating, it's depressing, it's desperately sad. It took me back to every crappy part of high school - the peer pressure, the clicks, the overwhelming desire to want to fit in somewhere. It made me think about how bloody hard it is to not really even know who you are and what you want. I never really knew what was going to happen next in the book ...
  • Leo Lopes
    When it comes to YA novels, this is it. Especially gay YA novels. I was surprised to read that the author was only 17 when this was released. This has some depth, it's angsty as a young adult novel should be, and the characters are well constructed and real. They aren't one dimensional or annoying, but rather human, full of flaws. This book managed to capture so well the teenager years, and first love. I do have some minor complaints but they are...
  • Bárbara
    DNF @ 42%In general, it was nice. But the tell-not-show tendencies and the writing style in general (also the fact that the characters' depth was taking too long to build) made me crazy frustrated. I'm sorry, I just can't. I'm still rating it (contrary to what I'm used to doing with DNFs) because I think I read enough and I could get a taste of what it was. I think what killed this book for me where the expectations. I had SUCH hopes for this sto...
  • **Kaycee**
    **4.5 stars**Hazard and sure collide. The angst omg....two high schoolers begin this tumultuous relationship; this "friends with benefits" relationship. They (especially the younger boy Hazard) are just beginning to learn who they are and starting to explore their sexuality. They are learning how to belong and how to fit in to different cliques. Basically, they are learning how to grow up. This story really reads like diary entr...
  • Vicky
    Collide is the kind of book I am infinitely grateful I read in my twenties as opposed to as a teenager. I feel like if I'd read the book so close in age to the characters, I would not have been able to fully understand the story, the characters and their motives, or all of the dynamics and nuances. This is the kind of book that, if I'd read it as a teenager, I probably would not have been able to relate to because I'd be too close to the mentalit...
  • Jamie Deacon
    “We all collide”. It may only be a piece of graffiti scrawled on a brick wall, but, for fifteen-year-old Hazard James, it holds a deeper significance. We come into contact with countless people during our lifetime. Mostly these will be fleeting encounters that have little lasting effect, but occasionally, the collision will alter the course of our lives forever. This is precisely what happens in the case of Hazard and bad boy Jesse WesleyHaza...
  • Boyanna
    I was wondering whether or not to write a review on this one.The thing is, this is a very destructive book. Its frustrating as hell, non of the decisions the characters make are the right ones, even when you thing they made a good choice you see them screwing it up in the next few pages.It goes in circles and its like that up until around 60-65%.I was very annoyed with the book and its characters and the down hill course they were strolling along...
  • Aimee ~is busy sleeping~
    Why don't more people know about this book?This is another one of those instances where I wish I had the chops to write the review that this book so deserves. I sincerely mean it when I say that Collide goes down as one of the best books I've ever read. It's raw, honest, and depressingly realistic. It left me with such a bittersweet feeling. I notice the mixed reviews, and I think this book resonated so much with me because high school wasn't far...
  • Tammy K.
    I could not finish this book. Sorry. But I can not read another page. I would not say it is a young adult book in any way. It glorifies drug use, and underage sex (a 14 year old having sex with 17 year old). It was set up in a diary format. Each entry less enjoyable then the last. There is no plot that I can see. Just ramblings on how 'difficult' it is for a spoiled 14 year old of a middle class family. How 'cool' the parties/drugs/sex is. While ...
  • Crystal
    This isn't a perfect, or even typical, YA book but it just worked so well for me that I have to give it 5 stars. You probably have to be in the right mood to really appreciate it - it's long and slow-paced, almost philosophical at times. It does a lot of telling (rather than showing) and it's light on plot. It's more of a meandering journey through Hazard's adolescent years. The story has a dark, melancholic undertone. I was always braced for som...
  • Alison
    This is not an easy book and it wasn't very pleasant to read, but it was quite affecting and well written. It's a bleak coming-of-age story and I didn't expect it to be so grim. It's suffused with teenage isolation and rebellion and pain. I found it to be a bit of a downer. I wouldn't call this a romance, though there is a quite dysfunctional love story. I did consider DNF-ing this several times, but it's quite engaging through all the dysfunctio...
  • Da'ad
    Great writing, realistic and interesting, good humor, but an annoying as hell book. Too much alcohol, drug use, and all around teenage stupidity. Real but does not relate to me at all. I am disgusted with all the characters,main and supporting. Was entertained but did not enjoy, as I was often pissed off. Geh.
  • Mateus Bandeira
    I really can't believe this book was such an unique experience. Like, it was really realistic and so good that I can't help but give it 5 stars. Really, really well-written and with a bunch of great characters that I just urghhhhhhhhhhhhh. Just read it. It will surelly surprise you at the end.
  • Trisha Harrington
    I really wanted to love this one. I just did not connect with it. I'll probably read it again someday. Maybe it will be a better read for me later.