Author: Katie McGarry
Published on: November 26, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, contemporary romance
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Format: E-book, hardcover, paperback, Audible
From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a romance forged in the fast lane.
The girl with straight A’s and the perfect life—that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy family…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 after the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind.
The last thing Isaiah needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks. But when their shared love of street racing puts their lives in jeopardy, Isaiah and Rachel will have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.
After reading Pushing the Limits and Dare You To, I was already aware how marvelous Katie McGarry’s writing is. She can take characters most people wouldn’t give a second look, and made them lovable. In Crash into You, McGarry does it again. This book is Isaiah Walker’s story. He was introduced in the previous two books, and played a large supporting role in the last one. Just like with Beth Risk, I didn’t like Isaiah. Punk guy with a bunch of tattoos, and earrings!? That makes me sound judgmental, but I swear I’m not. Punk guys with earrings (tattoos I don’t mind) are a type I just don’t mix with. They tend to be utterly rude and apathetic. And seeing men with earrings is like seeing women with facial hair. Totally off-putting.
Okay, I’m done with my rant. Although Beth Risk completely won me over in Dare You To, I found this third book to be even better. Despite Isaiah, the story was just awesome. I was hooked from the first chapter. Maybe it had something to do with Isaiah’s love interest, Rachel young. I really like pale-skinned blondes (no surprise I made Amanda Tilley, my own character, a blonde). Anyway, we get to learn a lot more about Isaiah in Crash into You. He’s really into cars and speed. Rachel also happens to be a huge car fanatic. She knows a lot of stuff that most guys don’t! Rachel loves to be behind the wheel, and to feel the rush of speed.
One night, Rachel seeks out a race. This leads her to a guy named Eric, who is just about to organize an illegal race. Isaiah is there, because he needs money. As soon as he sees Rachel, Isaiah is mesmerized. It’s lucky that he’s there, though. Rachel has no idea of the danger she faces. Erick is known for ruthlessly beating up those who dare mess with him. Needless to say, the night doesn’t end well. After narrowly escaping arrest, Rachel spends the night with Isaiah. As she gets to know him better, Rachel sees that he’s more than just the frightening punk he appears to be. Their attraction is instant. Rachel ends up liking Isaiah enough to give him her phone number.
Soon after, Isaiah finds out that Eric is after Rachel. He blames her for the loss of a large amount of money. Rachel is oblivious to this. Now, Isaiah has a limited time to come up with the money in order to keep Eric from hurting Rachel. At the same time, Isaiah is unsure whether he should let Rachel forget about him. He thinks she deserves better. Despite his misgivings, Isaiah falls deeper for Rachel the more they see each other. Their love story is Romeo and Juliet-ish. All the odds are against them, and yet Rachel and Isaiah are not giving up on each other.
Although Rachel comes from a wealthy family, she isn’t without problems of her own. Behind their perfect exterior, Rachel’s family has their own serious issues. I found this quite similar to the Stone family in Dare You To. The Youngs seem like they can save themselves, though. For her part, Rachel is starting to get sick of her parents wanting her to be someone she’s not. She loves cars and they want her to prefer dolls and girly stuff. Rachel doesn’t stand up for herself because she’d much rather keep her mother happy. The constant pressure has led Rachel to suffer panic attacks. They became serious enough that Rachel landed in the hospital before. Rachel is hiding her latest ones so others don’t see her as weak. That’s a difficult feat considering she has four really protective brothers.
This is Katie McGarry’s best novel, in my opinion. Even though the dysfunctional family thing is starting to become clichey, I loved this book. Who knows why stories about star-crossed lovers are so compelling? Rachel and Isaiah couldn’t be more different, and yet their attraction is magnetic. Isaiah thought he was in love with Beth, but Rachel came along and swept him off his feet. Even though she is unreachable to him, Isaiah continues to seek Rachel’s company. Will Isaiah overcome the odds and get to be with the girl of his life?
The protagonists from the previous Pushing the Limits series books also show up in this one. Echo, Noah, Beth, and Ryan all have roles large enough to satisfy their fans. It’s great to keep seeing them and to know how they are doing. Their presence is sort of a requirement, though. Who are we without our friends? Readers wouldn’t find out much about Isaiah without his friends in the picture. Although I still don’t like him as much as Beth, I respect Isaiah now. He’s proved himself trustworthy and reliable. It’s amazing how much a good woman can change a man.
This novel is recommended for all ages. Violence level is mild to none.
Absolute must-read. It’s amazing!!!
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