Crash into You by Katie McGarry

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Blurb from Goodreads:

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.”

I say I don’t enjoy melodrama, yet this series proves to be the exception to the rule.

I fell in love with Isaiah as a side character in books one and two of the Pushing the Limits series. Although these books can be read as stand-alone novels, it feels right to read them in order. Every new instalment turns a side character into a main character. Still, it is Isaiah’s story I’ve been waiting for with bated breath, and it might have been a disappointment to have his story shared with Rachel if she hadn’t been such an empathic character.

 Rachel is a strong character, but her love of others – her family in particular – makes her vulnerable to crippling moments of self-doubt. These moments seem less an issue when she is around Isaiah; with him, she can finally be herself.

I won’t say that the same format of “opposites attract” isn’t covered here again. I will say that I don’t mind a repetition of boy/ girl from the wrong side of town meets perfect boy/girl next door; Katie McGarry knows how to create compelling characters.

Fans of tearjerkers and romance won’t be disappointed. Fans who also demand complicated plots, and care less about emotional turmoil, might be less interested. Expect teenage angst galore, and to be swept away with- or frustrated by – sensory and emotional overload.

4 Comments

  1. “Each time I review a McGarry novel – this is the third instalment of Pushing the Limits – I say I don’t enjoy melodrama…yet this series proves to be the exception to the rule.”

    YES. Exactly this. I feel like the concepts in Katie McGarry’s books are generally things that I don’t enjoy in contemporary fiction, but it strangely seems to work for me when she’s writing them. I’m definitely looking forward to reading this soon! Great review, Katja.

  2. A little bird told me it’s your birthday. Have a great one!

    (That’s funny, I was sure I’d commented on this review before. Maybe I saw the book somewhere else and got confused. Anyhow, very good review – fair, honest and enthusiastic – that’s you!)

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