Crash Into You Review

Posted November 25, 2013 by Pixie in Blog, Reviews, Uncategorized / 1 Comment

Title: Crash Into You
Author: Katie McGarry
Release: Harlequin Teen November 26, 2013

From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind.

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.

Katie McGarry’s novels have quickly became a “must-read” for me. They are full of trials and tribulations, passion and love and that is what makes them hook you. Even though the characters are in these horrible situations that the majority of us have not/and will never experience the story-lines are still very relateable.

Isaiah is a charter that grabbed my attention in Pushing the Limits and made me want to know more in Dare to You; so I was really excited when book 3 was his story. I am not usually a bad boy fan, but Isaiah is a different story – he definitely has the bad boy flare, but none of that stuck up attitude that usually makes me want to smack the

When Isaiah is about to lose something he worked so hard for, he makes a rash decision and decides to drag race for money.  That is when Rachel Young walks into his life. She is innocent and has no clue what she is about to do, so Isiah steps in to save her butt. This will end up biting him in the butt  because he gets in over his head with Rachel problems and now they are forced to work together to fix the situation.

Rachel’s life may look perfect…but it’s not. Her family tip toes around their mom. Rachel has to pretend to be something she is not, because he moms happiness revolves around her choices.  Rachel is drawn to Isaiah(who wouldn’t be)? Isaiah really sees her – unlike her family who thinks ” baby sister” needs to be handled like a china doll. When she finally gets to know Isaiah and sees something she wants she will risk everything.

All the books in this series have had some emotional moments, but this one really got me. Grab some Kleenex. I love how the next character is part of the previous story so when Abby is introduced in Crash Into You I was REALLY wanting the next story to be about her. But, Katie has other plans and Rachel’s bad boy brother West will get the next book. I will just cross my fingers and hope Abby will get her own story soon. If you like fast paced, down to earth contemporaries, I highly recommend this series.

My Over All Rating: 

I could not put this book down. From the first page to the last, I was hooked. It has been a long time since a book drew me in like this. I don’t know what it was about the book, but I was right there with Rachel as she got her first kiss and felt the old familiar butterflies. I fell in love with Isaiah, the unlikely hero, and Rachel was an amazingly strong female protagonist, even though she might argue with me on that count.

The action is non-stop, the attraction is undeniable and both Rachel and Isaiah have a lot to deal with. Both of them have a dysfunctional home life that they believe the other won’t understand. Both of them love cars which draws them together despite their lives being drastically different. Both of them have a desire to do something more with their lives and to be in control. Although, control is the one thing neither has over their lives and each turn of events threatens to take away the small thread of sanity they both hold onto from moment to moment.

I enjoyed Rachel’s brothers. They each have their own issues to deal with, though none of them do it well, and they use her as an excuse for their behavior which she allows~ until she can’t anymore. Isaiah’s family is a hodgepodge of fiercely loyal friends and a social worker who wants the best for him. Both Rachel and Isaiah have to learn to lean on others and trust that they will be there for them.

I can’t say enough about this book. I am having a difficult time not gushing and telling every last detail. This is worth the time!

My Over All Rating: 

Well not sure what I can add to what Pixie and MamaFox posted, but I have to put a couple thoughts down.

Katie McGarry’s books are full of heart and emotion that I don’t see in a lot of the books I read.  As an older reader, her characters are ones that I just want to pull into a big hug and tell them it’ll be all right and it gets better.  They are so real and fully realized that you can’t help but relate to them on some level.  I think this is why I’m so drawn to Katie’s books, everything about them captivates you and and draws you into the world.

Crash into You is another great example of everything Katie does well.  If you’ve read Pushing the Limits and Dare You To, Crash into You wont disappoint.  If you haven’t read the first two books in this companion series, now is a great time to start so you can live in the would through three books.

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