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Friday, 21 February 2014

Review: Crash Into You (Pushing the Limits, #3) by Katie McGarry

Release Date: November 26th, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Rating: YA 16+
Genre/s: Romance, Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 474

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.

First off, let me just say what a huge Katie McGarry buff I am. Pushing the Limits is one of my favorite YA romance novels ever. Her writing is always raw, beautiful and painstakingly realistic. That being said, Crash Into You is probably my least favorite book in the series- although by normal standards it is pretty great, I just don't think it lived up to its predecessors. Nonetheless, as with all her books, I couldn't stop reading and was completely, wholly entertained for the span of the whole book.

Isaiah and Beth's story has always fascinated me. In the previous two books, I would always reread passages where they were present- in a way, I even shipped them more than Noah and Echo, partly because I'm a sucker for that best-friend-becomes-more kinda thing. So when I found out McGarry was writing a story from Isaiah's perspective, I was STOKED! I eagerly jotted down the release date for Crash Into You on my otherwise empty calendar. Then came the bombshell that was Dare You To. So... Beth and Isaiah? No? *whimpers* I guess part of the reason Crash Into You didn't work as well as I thought it would for me is that I had been an enormous shipper of Beth and Isaiah's messed up, romantic, kinda adorable relationship from the start. Maybe if my large head and larger heart hadn't gotten in the way, I would've been pleasantly surprised by this! 

I've always known and even admired how cliché McGarry's books are, yet still seem to work and tug all the right strings. You know there's bound to be a happy ending, but still worry and are anxious over the slightest fight or disparity the characters have. I feel like Pushing the Limits was just so unbelievably fantastic and romantic, that the other two were too similar and in my opinion, kind of repetitive. In Crash Into You, my biggest issue was the plasticity of the characters. Isaiah and even Ryan from Dare You To were turned into almost clones of Noah Hutchins, from the original. Not that I don't enjoy reading slightly different versions of one of my favorite books (Pushing the Limits), but Crash Into You turned a tad sour for me, and I couldn't help comparing the story to Noah and Echo's, and Ryan and Beth's, because they're all just too damn identical! 

However, there were also redeeming qualities to the book. For example, Rachel. I think McGarry deserves complete credit for creating such a likable character! She's such a sweet, good girl, and I think it could've easily gone the other way and become very annoying, but instead McGarry crafted an endearing protagonist, who I have to say, is even better for Isaiah than Beth. Her struggles and the issues she has to go through made me like her even more, and not before long I was totally rooting for her and Isaiah. Their romance was, no surprise, charged and passionate and well, very romantic. My problem is that I've been there before, one too many times. Again, not McGarry's fault exactly, but I hope she adds a bit more originality to the next book in the series.

If you like this, try:

Perfectly Damaged by E.L. Montes

Breathe Into Me (Breathe Into Me, #1) by Amanda Stone

Julliard Or Else by Nichele Reese

2 comments:

  1. Oh, it saddens me that this book didn't work out as well as you hoped it would be, Riya! Like you, I was a shipper for Beth and Isaiah, so yeah... *pass tissues* It can be quite boring to read books with the same formula over and over again. Hopefully you're going to love her next works, Riya! :)

    Thank you for your lovely, honest review! :)

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  2. This is another great book by Katie McGarry. She delivers a very real and very emotional journey between two characters, and readers should make sure they have plenty of time to enjoy the novel and not be surprised if they lose a couple hours sleep staying up to finish it.
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