Friday, November 22, 2013

review: crash into you by katie mcgarry

Title: Crash Into You
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing The Limits
Length: 474 pages
Release Date: November 26, 2013
ARC received for honest review

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.

thoughts on crash into you

What I Liked

I was expecting a lot more angst honestly and right now that's a good thing. I'm kind of maxed out on all the high drama some stories have as of late and Crash Into You had just the right amount of situational angst but a sweet and gradual romance. The story was fast paced and the twists had me actually nervous at a few points.

I also liked that all the secondary characters played big roles throughout but didn't really steal the focus from Isaiah and Rachel. And those West brothers? I'd read a whole series about them as well.

What I Loved

I kind of assumed at the beginning that the street racing would only be a plot device and not really have too much to do with the characters but I was so wrong. Katie McGarry wove the world of street racing, legal and illegal, into the story like it was a character onto itself.

And I so loved the characters of Isaiah and Rachel. At times I could forget that they were teenagers with how they acted but then the pressures of more responsibility than they were ready for reared its head and reality struck me with how much was expected of them. Rachel was bowing to the pressures of being perfect and meeting expectations placed on her and by others and Isaiah was just trying to make it to eighteen.

What I Didn't Like

If I have to not like something then I pick Eric. He was a jerk and a thug and mean. So there.

All in all Crash Into You is an excellent addition to the Pushing The Limits Series and gets high points for giving me a romance to root for and characters to love and look forward to seeing again and again.

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