Roswell charts the progress of three teenage aliens who are struggling to come to terms with their identity and this book, the best of only several published about the teen series, is written by the fans for the fans, making it stand out from the likes of Dawson’s Creek and Buffy The Vampire Slayer books.
It begins with a 'sciencey' introduction, chronicling the real Roswell incident in the summer of 1947. Thankfully, it does not dwell too deeply on this and it passes on to the main characters, where it gives general information about each member of the Pod Squad plus the others – Liz, Maria, Sheriff Valenti, Kyle, Alex, Jesse & Tess. Although only giving personal facts for the aliens and Liz and Maria, each biography is adequately detailed.
The episode guide is comprehensive and details each episode, including the bloopers, alien powers used and the music used in each episode. Interestingly, the author has also included the situation when the song was heard.The Internet section is good, with websites and Roswell Internet terminology. Also, several quizzes and a chapter on ‘The Roswell Chicken Jokes’ – a thread that began on the Fan Forum.
There is a brilliant array of black and white photos throughout but, disappointingly, only 8 pages of colour photos and no complete group ones.
In the acknowledgements at the beginning, the author dedicates the book to the fans of Roswell and this makes the book more personal as it is written by someone who enjoys the show, which is apparent throughout.
Crash Into Me is an excellent memoir from this programme and an enjoyable read.