Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

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.

Color me a bit apprehensive when I got my copy of this book. To catch you up (unless you faithfully read all my reviews, in which case, thanks!) on my experience with the Pushing the Limits series so far, I more or less like the first, Pushing the Limits, really, really liked Dare You To, so Isaiah’s story seemed like a tie breaker. And, well, it kinda was.

This book was a literary version of Dirty Dancing, only no dancing and tricked up cars instead. Or I could compare it to Simone Elkeles’s Perfect Chemistry. Bad, bad boy and super pure, innocent girl. And it was totally, totally addictive. I couldn’t put it down. I stayed up suuuuper late trying to finish it and didn’t and the whole next day I did all my obligations so I could just read.

That being said, I had a list of small grievances that didn’t make it a flawless read. My biggest issue is a hard one to put into words, but I’m going to try. Basically, something seemed just ‘off’ in the baddie world Isaiah was involved in. Some of the dialog seemed a little off and a little clean? It was pretty minor as far as complaints go, but it felt rather similar to my complaints about the first book, Pushing the Limits.

And then my biggest pet peeve is something that’s hard to complain about, because yes, it’s a protagonist’s character flaw and needed to make a character real, but ugh, it just irked me anyway. Rachel. She kept complaining her parents, brothers and Isaiah saw her as weak and I was sitting over there thinking, ‘well… you might be on to something, girlfriend.’ No spoils, but there was a situation where her brothers did something very bad and instead of actually getting mad and getting serious about the consequences she just whined and let it screw everyone else over. I would have politely handed their balls to them. And as much as I wanted for her to so badly get some guts and get to a point where I didn’t agree with her whining, it sadly never really happened.

Despite my utterly mixed feelings on this series as a whole, I still want to read the fourth book in the series. Why? Because it’s going to be West (Rachel’s brother) and I’m all for the smarmy asses getting their asses handed to them. Even if I was kinda hoping for Abby or Logan to get a story, but alas. Maybe this will be a never-ending series and theirs will finally come.

Similar recommendation: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles.

-Reviewed by Jennifer

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