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.
This was my first read from Katie McGarry and everywhere I go, people can’t seem to stop raving about her.
Maybe it’s the fact that I’m not usually into this kind of thing, but I’m not entirely convinced yet. I still have questions about Beth, who yes, does appear in this book for those of you McGarry fans out there. Among other questions about the characters, how they came to be in this situation, a deeper story to Isaiah and more–but as for now, CRASH INTO YOU is enough.
Let’s talk characters. Katie McGarry certainly lives up to her rep. The first thing that happens when you open up CRASH INTO YOU is get acquainted with the male main character, Isaiah. I loved the way that I got a feel for him right away despite coming into this series three books late. Though he seemed to have a rough exterior, I loved the way that McGarry showed off his loyalty and gentleness. Isaiah grew on me really quickly, and I was rooting for him the entire way through the book.
Then there was Rachel. I have to admit, for most of the book the first time around, I felt like Rachel didn’t deserve Isaiah. I didn’t understand why she did things or how she decided to go about them. While Isaiah was easy to grasp, Rachel was difficult for me to even hold on to. However, towards the end of CRASH INTO YOU and the second time around reading it, I found that I could sympathize with her character a lot more and I understood her motivations, her weaknesses, her strengths. I was aware of how relatable her voice as a character was and I truly hope to get to know her better the next time I read this.
I also really appreciated seeing the relationship between Rachel, her brothers, her parents and the way that her family’s tragedy shaped them. I felt like Katie McGarry did a great job of addressing it’s effects on everyone there in a realistic and heartbreaking way. I grew to love Rachel’s brothers, especially Rachel’s twin brother. That being said, my second favorite brother was West. *insert-controversial-gif-here*
Seriously. I get why some people may not enjoy West’s personality
or any of her brothers or her parents but seriously, I wanted more. I recently (like five seconds ago recently) found out that the next installment of this series will be West’s, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what McGarry ends up doing. I hope that she addresses the future of Rachel and Isaiah as well.
As the plot of the story went on, I found that I was really able to sympathize with what was going on and understand the different situations the characters were growing through. In a very short amount of time, the characters all grew to mean something to me and that made CRASH INTO YOU stronger. I felt that things were explained well and throughly, even though the romance in this book developed a little too quickly for my tastes. I’ve heard that the other books are better with that. There were lots of twists to CRASH INTO YOU that I wasn’t expecting and that was a really pleasant surprise. I also LOVED the ending and the way that McGarry tied up the ends to the book, as well as giving Rachel and Isaiah the chance to face their own demons.
I really liked how I had a good grasp of the world-building in CRASH INTO YOU, and I think that these books will turn out to be like Sarah Dessen’s in the way that you can’t fully appreciate them unless you’ve read all of them from that town. I hope to get my hands on copies of the rest of this series soon because of that, and I’m looking forward to it. 4 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 474
Series: Pushing the Limits #3
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