Title: Crash Into You
Series: Pushing the Limits, #3
Author: Katie McGarry
Published: Harlequin Teen, November 2013
Source: received a copy from publisher
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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.
To be honest, I wasn’t certain if I wanted to read the story of Isaiah in the beginning. My impression from the previous book was that he was an angry type of guy, perhaps a tad too intense for my liking. But when I read Crash Into You, I was surprised that I started to enjoy seeing life through his angle. I began to see the goodness in Isaiah and as things happened, I found him brave, sweet and honorable. I learned to respect him, and towards the end, I felt I liked him. A. Lot.
Meeting Rachel, to me, is a refreshing type of experience. It’s kind of hard to describe her. I guess if I really must use words to convey, I’d say her internal world doesn’t quite match up with her exterior appearance. She seems to be both soft and tough, weak and daring, bold and demure. Daughter to a wealthy couple, she has her life mapped out for her. But she is not someone who’d like to live life according to others’ expectations. She likes speed. And when she meets Isaiah, she knows her life will never be the same.
I guess the best way to put it is that there is a lot of mutual attraction between Isaiah and Rachel. When they’re together, the world seems so much more colorful and vivid. I can understand why Isaiah worries that he may not fit into Rachel’s world, but at the same time, I have to agree with him that Rachel is the best thing that has ever happened to him. The path that they pick is not an easy one and as I read the story, I felt thrilled that I got to ‘piggyback’ on their emotional roller-coaster ride.
Sweet and irresistibly entertaining, Crash Into You shows us a story about love and friendship, righteousness and honor, pretentiousness and ignorance. I liked learning about the repercussion after love happened and how one tiny choice could change the trajectory of life in the most subtle yet unexpected moment. Personally, I found the climax towards the end a bit too dramatic (and cliché) but with such twist and thrill, it made the ending so much more delightful if not sweeter.
If you love YA contemporaries and haven’t read anything by McGarry, I urge you to check out this series. With well-defined characters and interesting plots, you’ll love losing yourself in the world of Isaiah, Rachel and their friends. Happy Reading!
About the Author
- 10 finished copies of Crash Into You (US and Canada only)