Series: Pushing The Limits, #3
Publisher: Harlequin Australia
Release Date: November 26, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Source: For tour, Received in exchange for review
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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 tour was made possible by YA Bound Book Tours
“I love you, Rachel. So this will work. No matter what or who stands in our way.”
I see a trend going on. Third book syndrome. Where books get underwhelming (Allegiant, Requiem etc). It’s not to say that Crash Into You was a complete disaster, but definitely not what I had in mind from such a promising and fun series so far.
We start off with two total opposites. Rachel comes from a wealthy family, she gets what she wants. She’s seen as a perfect child–but that’s not who she really is. Her mother tries to make Rachel a replica of her deceased older sister, Colleen and her overbearing brothers are always protecting Rachel from other people at school, but it feels like it makes matters worse. She also gets panic attacks. Only she doesn’t dare to tell her family. Her job is to make her mother happy. And she’s getting sick of it. I genuinely believe that I would slip into Rachel’s shoes smoothly, empathy her suffocating situation. Unfortunately, I could not. Her constant inner-wallowing about her convoluted family crept underneath my skin. In other words–crazily annoying. Per contra, I loved the intricate family that Katie McGarry constructed. It felt authentic despite the large amount of problems–believable or not–that channelled around.
We all knew and fell in love with Isaiah in Pushing The Limits and Dare You To, so when we found out he was to have his own book, no one couldn’t wait. And, when I finally got my hands on this novel, I wasn’t disappointed. Isaiah’s POV was my favourite. He has his struggles but is mentally strong to battle them. With him recently hurt by Beth’s rejection of his love and now living with Noah (yes we get some Noah and Echo! Even Beth :D) and reunited with his mum again, he is only just keeping his head above water.
My main issue with Crash Into You, apart from my repulsion towards Rachel, was the chemistry. Why? Instant. Love. Angst. No go. However, unlike other romances, Crash Into You still had a convincing relationship, but it fast fowarded too quickly. A build-up between the two would have been much better. Furthermore, I appreciated that there was a plot line going on. I have a huge COLOSSAL love for a plot line other than: he loves me, he loves me not. She loves me, she loves me not.
Even though I was not head over heels about Rachel and the romance, Crash Into You was still a very much likable and entertaining novel. Katie McGarry is still on my auto-read list.
~Thank you Harlequin Australia for sending me this copy!~
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