Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: Pushing the Limits #3
Pages: 464 p
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Release Date: 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.
I literally devoured this book. Yep, I read it in one sitting, and didn't want it to stop. And then I had no word. Tell me, how do you write a review without it being a fangirly gashing mess? Because that's how I still feel about this. I mean I knew I was gonna like Isaiah. He was hot first go. BUT I didn't expect to.. I dunno.. being dissolved into a puddle of mess. Me? Fangirling? Yeah it's rare, but apparently when it comes to cute and fluffy McGarry knows how to push my buttons. I mean she got this one so right, it my favorite of all her books so far.
There is plenty of drama- sometimes its a tad bit to melodramatic for me. I found the twist at the end, kinda annoying. It was too "romancy"- yeah I just said that lol. But honestly I didn't care. Because I was totally caught up in the whole car-racing scene. And the great characters. Even if the story line was kinda, well, typical on some level- we talking about the basics of romance novels, there has to be a big huge drama towards the end of the book and than a HEA. The scene it was set was so different. In fact except the whole parents situation and the twist at the end, this is nothing like I have read before.
I love speed and the entire car-racing scene. McGarry's descriptions had me wanting to go racing and to take my car apart. LOL. Seriously I wish I had a car-savvy person in my life so I could start taking cars apart and work on them. I am so going racing soon!
The character building is what had me though. The book is written alternating from Rachel and Isaiah's POV. I love that McGarry gives us insight into both characters, but also that they have their own distinctive voices.
I really adore Isaiah. I might have mention that before. He is seriously hawt! His chemistry with Rachel was beyond hot. I love how Isaiah struggles with his situation and how he changes over the book. He is HOT, loyal and despite being dealt a crappy hand he is decent and deep down a good guy. I think by now it's clear I have a thing for broken badasses. LOL. And hell is Isaiah is broken, but in this book he undergoes a journey, where he accepts help and starts to fix himself. Another thing I like about McGarry's books, she doesn't pretend that someone's love will fix you. Her books state that you can fix yourself and someone's love will help you on that journey.
Rachel shy, sweet and intelligent. Not able to stand up for herself, she is also a pleaser. Again McGarry took her on a journey of change, courage and discovery. She is from a seemingly perfect family, that has huge issues. It's really well written and I totally connect with many of her issues, just like with Isaiah. Despite the fact that my upbringing had very little in common with either of them.
There is a horde of hot guys in this one! SERIOUSLY! Logan was back, and I STILL love him. I hope there will be a book about him? Please?
There are visits from Noah (Sigh!) and there are Rachel's brothers. Seriously hot guys all over the place.
I love the gang McGarry is bringing together. Besides the hotness factor that seriously through the roof, they are also interesting characters.
I also liked Abby, she is interesting. Her story compelling.
My biggest issue though the adults in this book suck. Seriously not every adult is a cliche idiot. Well here they are and that kinda annoyed me.
The prose is obviously to my liking, since I have read every snippet McGarry has put out there. And I can't wait for the next book she released.
Two things that were underlying this book that really made me think and captured my heart were; The whole Fosterhome situation, ageing out being a huge problem many of us are completely unaware of
The other thing was, how interesting how broken goes on so many different levels.
An absolute must read for lovers of the authors and the series. A recommendation for those who love speed, the genre and broken hot guys.
ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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