Crash Into You
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #3
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: November 26, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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 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 both 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.
First Sentence: Eleven years, two months, seven days.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
First and foremost, I have to say this: I absolutely love Katie McGarry’s books. I really loved Pushing the Limits even though I felt a certain unnameable something was missing from it. I could re-read Pushing the Limits over and over again. I also completely loved Dare You To – it made me laugh, cry, and swoon. When I heard that Katie McGarry’s latest book, Crash Into You, was going to be released this November, I completely freaked out. I wanted to get my hands on it asap and I just knew, without a doubt, that I would absolutely love it. Imagine my surprise and disappointment when that didn’t exactly happen…
Crash Into You tells us Isaiah’s long-awaited story. To be honest, in Pushing the Limits and Dare You To, I didn’t really notice him. Yeah, I know what part Isaiah plays in both books, but at the same time, I didn’t consider him as a major character in the books. I felt more like he was in the sidelines of both books, saying a word here and there and following other people’s orders. When I heard that Crash Into You was focused on Isaiah and his story, I was glad because I wanted to know more about him. In the end, I got what I wanted; I learned more about Isaiah, but on the other hand, Isaiah still remains a mystery to me in a way.
I’ve tried to make nice and it’s not enough. Just like with Beth, nothing I do will be enough. (ARC 222)
Just like Pushing the Limits and Dare You To, the two main characters in Crash Into You face some personal problems of their own. Rachel suffers under her dead older sister’s image. Rachel is expected to be a like her older sister and she was born only to be her dead older sister’s replacement. Isaiah, meanwhile, suffers from seeing his mother again, the same mother that had abandoned him and left him in the foster care system that made him who he is. Either way, both Isaiah and Rachel have problems with their family and suffers from them. You do not know how many times I was cursing their families in my mind while reading the Crash Into You. I wanted Isaiah and Rachel to get their own happy ending like how Echo, Noah, Beth, and Ryan did.
The biggest problem I had with Crash Into You was that Isaiah and Rachel fell in like/love a little too fast for my taste. In fact, their whole relationship felt like insta-love, especially when you compare it Echo and Noah’s story in Pushing the Limits and Beth and Ryan’s story in Dare You To. Where as Echo, Noah, Beth, and Ryan hated each other at first and then got to know each other better before falling in love, Rachel and Isaiah fell deeply in like the moment they first met each other. I felt like there was hardly any time at all for both Rachel and Isaiah to get to know one another; instead, they both fell quickly in love.
Rachel was supposed to be a memory burned into my brain. The girl that I kissed, the girl that left me wanting more. But she’s delved deeper than physical, become embedded, and I don’t know how to dig her out. (ARC 221)
Crash Into You was also missing that special rush feeling I got when I was reading Pushing the Limits and Dare You To. I only get that special special rush feeling from a few select books I readand it feels exactly like I am high…on books. (Don’t worry, I don’t do drugs guys.) I kept waiting and waiting for that feeling to come when I was reading Crash Into You, only to never get it. The closest feeling I got to that high was when I read the last forty or so pages. That was when the real excitement starts to happen in my opinion.
What was really disappointing about Crash Into You was that it didn’t make me cry. Yeah, I know I sound absolutely crazy right now, but I love it when books made me feel so much that I rage, yell out loud, or even sob and tear up like crazy. I didn’t get any of that with Crash Into You unlike Pushing the Limits and Dare You To, which made me sob non-stop. I mean yeah, there are tons of cute moments between Isaiah and Rachel in Crash Into You, but the difference was that I wasn’t really feeling it, if that makes any sense. During those cute moments between Isaiah and Rachel, I knew I was supposed to go all “ohh” and “aww” over it, but I didn’t.
“Hey, Rachel?” Isaiah says.
I spin around and in the distance I can spot him leaning against his car again. “Yes?”
“I called.” (ARC 238)
Overall, I have to sadly say that Crash Into You is my least favorite of Katie McGarry’s books so far. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t bad, but it also wasn’t that good either. Crash Into You just wasn’t up to par with Pushing the Limits and Dare You To. Maybe it’s because the release date for Dare You To and Crash Into You are so close together. I don’t know what went wrong, but one thing is for sure: I’ll definitely be checking out the next book in the series, Take Me On. In fact, I’m dying to see the gorgeous cover for it.