Joint Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry ★★★★1/2

Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
Genre: YA Contemporary
Series: Pushing The Limits #3
Publication Date: November 26th 2013
ISBN: 9780373210992
Page Count: 494
Rating: ★★★★1/2
Review Copy: ARC
Reviewed by: Janice/Lynsey
Buy Link: AMAZON
Synopsis: 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.


LYNSEY'S REVIEW

Isaiah.

I loved this. Didn't you just know from his past appearances that Isaiah would be the sweetest little tattooed bad boy ever? And he sure was. In fact, he even surpassed my expectations, now taking pride of place as my favourite male character from this series.

The story starts out with Isaiah still confused about his feelings for Beth and trying hard to scratch out a life for himself outside of the care system. In this effort, he finds himself somewhat strapped for cash, and there's pretty much only one thing he knows how to do: race cars. Illegal street racing, to be more precise.

I loved this entire theme to the book. It was like a movie for the mind and had some great high-octane scenes as well as bringing some danger (from various sources) to the plot.

Enter sweet little rich-girl Rachel. Now, what's a nice girl like her doing with her ridiculously expensive car that daddy bought her, preparing to ride in her first street race? She might as well be wearing a sign saying: I'M NAIVE! TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ME! Well, as McGarry is always happy to show us, there's often a lot more to people than initially meets the eye. And you stereotype at your peril. For example, you could take one look at Isaiah with his miriad tattoos and piercings and think words like, "thug", "criminal", "good for nothing", and whatever other epithets you wanted to conjure up. And you'd be completely wrong. Inside, Isaiah is still the frightened little boy that got dumped by his strung-out mother, just trying to make the best of the crappy situation he's in. If he has to create a certain reputation to stay safe, then so be it. Rachel, as well, is so much more than she outwardly seems. Not so much the pampered princess, but more like someone just as trapped and stifled by her circumstances as Isaiah is by his.

The two of them were gorgeous together. Absolutely adorable. I'm totally in love with Isaiah (which makes it a good thing he's only fictional - nobody thinks cougars are really funny, do they?) and Rachel was his perfect match. Their relationship developed well - not too rushed. And by the end I may have been wiping away the odd escapee tear. Or probably it was just some dust. Yeah, dust, that's it.

The rest of the story had thrills, heartache, angst, and a real depth of feeling which is no lo less than I've come to expect from this author. Anyone who, like myself, found Beth's story (Book two - Dare You To) a little too much of a shouty angst-fest, and is worried this might be the same - it wasn't. It was the perfect blend of light and shade, and back to the standard of the first book, in my opinion.

4.5 Stars ★★★★1/2
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


JANCIE'S REVIEW

A Crashing Success

When I first started my Pushing The Limits journey, I wasn't sure what I had gotten myself into. At the time I read book one, I had just barely begun to dip my toes in the waters of contemporary romance,  and after spending years and years reading almost exclusively in the paranormal/fantasy genres, you can imagine the culture shock I experienced. But there was something about Katie McGarry's writing that got to me. She has this crazy-incredible ability to draw me in and completely immerse me in the lives of her characters. Their joys, their struggles, everything. When I pick up one of her books, I know I'm in for an emotional, romantic journey I won't soon forget - and that's exactly what I got with Crash Into You. 

The blurb for this book sounds like another opposites attract, rich-meets-poor romance, the kind we've all read a bazillion times before, and it is that.....but it isn't. That's the beauty of McGarry's books. She can take what seems like another tried-and-true plot and turn it into something that feels unique and entirely its own. For example, let's take the character of Rachel. At first glance, it would be easy to write her off as just another wealthy girl carrying on about how "hard" her life is. Boo-hoo, so sad, right? WRONG! In the expert hands of author Katie McGarry, Rachel comes alive and becomes a girl readers can not only relate to, but love. She's a bird trapped in a gilded cage, and she desperately wants to be free and just be herself instead of the person everyone expects her to be. But freedom isn't free. You have to fight for it, and that's what Rachel's story is all about. Fighting her family, fighting herself, fighting expectations. Fortunately, she doesn't have to do it alone. A night of drag racing gone bad brings an unlikely friend and champion into her life. 

Isaiah. 

Fans of the series know Isaiah well. He's been in both the prior books and personally, I've been waiting for his story to be told since I was first introduced to him. Like Rachel, it would be easy to judge him, but also like Rachel, there is so much more to him than meets the eye. He's not a bad boy, and he's not a good boy either. He's both, and I thought Katie McGarry did a marvelous job showing the different sides of him - the badass who doesn't take anyone's crap and the young man who is loyal, honorable, and fiercely protective of the ones he loves. Basically, he's the icing and the cake, and readers are going to eat him up. I certainly did! :P

I won't tell you the romance is everything you could hope for and then some - but trust me, it is! The racing and action scenes in the book are truly fantastic as well. It's obvious Katie McGarry did her homework, and it's apparent in every authentic, pulse-pounding description she writes. And the supporting cast? Wowza. What an amazeballs group of characters! Some of them PTL fans already know, others are brand new, and all of them shine. I'm particularly excited about Rachel's brothers. Four, count them, FOUR potential book boyfriends for me to swoon and drool over?! I am all over that action. 

Crash Into You was an emotionally gripping and swoon-inducing read that hit every note perfectly. I loved it. 

Katie McGarry, welcome to my auto-buy list! 

4.5 Stars ★★★★1/2
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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