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Monday, February 3, 2014

Lefty's Lowdown: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
(Pushing the Limits #3)
Published: November 26, 2013 by Harlequin Teen
Source: I received this from the publishers for review via Edelweiss. All of the opinions stated in this review are 100% honest.
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
Challenges: The Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge, Netgalley and Edelweiss challenge, The Prequel and Sequel Challenge
I am baffled, Ms. McGarry. Absolutely and utterly baffled that you have managed to do this to me once again. I am still reeling from this book. It was fantastic and I loved every second of it. Crash Into You stayed with me long after I reached 100% on my Kindle. I thought about it the next morning when I woke up, and I immediately wanted to read it again (I can't remember the last time that happened to me). Even still, thinking about this novel twists my stomach in the best possible way. 

Honestly, I wasn't sure how I would feel about this novel. I liked Dare You To a lot, but it was nothing compared to Pushing the Limits. And Isaiah wasn't necessarily my favorite character. I was sort of afraid that I'd like this novel less than DYT and that I'd never find the spark from PtL in any of McGarry's other books. 

I was wrong. 

Isaiah and Rachel won my heart within the first few pages. Isaiah (<333 love ya!) is still trying to figure out how to get the life he dreams about. Rachel is neurotic and spazzy, which makes her an absolute delight to read about. Yeah, her problems aren't, technically, as major as Isaiah's. She knows she has a house to go to every night, that she has a group of people always looking out for her. One might consider her problems "rich people probs" (her family loves her too much, people expect too much out of her) but that doesn't make them any less significant. What I love is that Isaiah and Rachel are working to conquer completely opposite issues, and yet they're ultimately working toward the same thing: living the life they want. I love them individually, and I love them together. In actuality, their relationship is probably a bit unhealthy, a bit dependent, but I just love it. It's intense and sexy! 

I think the thing that bothered me most in this was Rachel's family dynamic. They were all selfish. What was viewed as them being "over protective" of Rachel was really just them not wanting her to screw shit up. It was infuriating. I think that because I come from a really close family, it was really hard for me to read without wanting to beat each and every sibling. 

My favorite part of this novel, though? The drag racing aspect. It was so wonderfully interesting. That's all I can really say about it. This is what made the book so freaking awesome. 

Oh, and of course there are the feels! With McGarry, there are always the feels! There are the feels and fantastic writing and holy mother of intensity! Basically, I love this book. I love Katie McGarry. If you haven't read anything by her, you should probably get to it. If you are unsure about this book, don't be. It rocked my socks off. 

In a sentence: Katie McGarry has completely blown my mind once again with an intense novel of love, cars, and debts. 

1 comment:

  1. I haven't read this series but this is a great Review. It makes me want to read this series :)


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