Series: Pushing the Limits #3
Published by: Harlequin Teen on November 26, 2013
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Source: Blog Tour, NetGalley
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.
OH MY GOD YOU GUYS, I ADORED THIS BOOK!! SO.FREKAING.GOOD!! I’ll admit, I was a bit hesitant because I wasn’t totally crazy about Dare You To. I liked it, but not nearly as much as Pushing the Limits. However, Crash Into You completely brought me back to the sweet, sexy, epicness that was Pushing the Limits.
Until now, I never thought I liked Isaiah that much. I didn’t dislike him, but I didn’t like him enough to be really excited about his story… but Crash Into You totally changed that. Katie McGarry made me feel for Isaiah, and I ended up completely loving him! I really liked how he wasn’t one of those asshole bad boys, who has a tough exterior and is also a bit of a controlling ass. Yes, Isaiah was kind of protective, but he was a sweet guy. He’s not actually into drugs or drinking or partying (he’s done them but doesn’t do them often and doesn’t really like them). He really deeply cares for Rachel and his kindness constantly came through. Yes he looks scary with his tattoos and piercings, but inside he’s completely different!
As for Rachel, I really enjoyed her family’s dynamics. I had a love/hate thing going on with her brothers. On the one hand, it was cool to read about a big family with a ton of brothers. I loved her relationship with her twin and some of her other brothers were fun to read about. But on the flip side, they were SO PROTECTIVE! God if I were Rachel that would annoy me so much!! And then Rachel has a ton of other family problems that really broke my heart. Even though I can’t relate to those problems at all, Katie McGarry really made me feel for Rachel. I just wanted to hug her!
Crash Into You was brimming with chemistry. It was hot, explosive, and perfect. This wasn’t insta-love, but I even felt their chemistry right from the beginning. I could see the sparks flying and the charged atmosphere. And as their relationship developed into something more than just acquaintances, damn… it was hot. I ADORED Isaiah and Rachel together! I felt like they completely fit and so many of their cute scenes had me smiling, giggling, and craving my own boyfriend.
I thought the whole cars/racing aspect of this book was so unique! It put a really interesting spin on the story. I’m not into cars much myself, but that’s part of the reason why this was so much fun to read. It was cool to get out of my element and read about something a character is super passionate about. I feel like I got pulled into a whole other world! I think my only criticism is that I do wish that Rachel did more racing herself. She did very, very little. She kind of tanked a race at the beginning (which was a bit of a bummer :P) and she doesn’t even race again after that until the end. I think it would have been cool if we saw more of her racing, rather than just Isaiah doing it.
I need not have been worried about Crash Into You. It was everything I loved about Pushing the Limits… the incredible romance, the intense emotional whirlwind, and then there was that unique, interesting drag racing twist! I can’t recommend this book enough for fans of Pushing the Limits. Even if you loved that one but weren’t crazy about Dare You To, you NEED to give Crash Into You a try!!
About Katie McGarry
Katie was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
Katie is the author of the full-length Young Adult novels PUSHING THE LIMITS and DARE YOU TO, and the e-novella CROSSING THE LINE. Her debut novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS, is a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and an RT Book Reviews 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel.
Writing has given Katie an excuse to pursue her passions. Research for her books has provided her with the amazing opportunity to train with baseball players, ride along in a drag car at ninety-six miles per hour and experience boxing and mixed martial arts. The most memorable moments for Katie are when she speaks to groups of teenagers about her research, writing and the truth that no dream is out of reach. Katie would love to hear from her readers.
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