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schedule here!Title: Crash Into You
Author: Katie McGarry
Pub Date: November 26th, 2013
Page Count: 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.
I probably shouldn't have done this, but I imagined what Crash Into You would be like from whatI've read of Pushing the Limits and Dare You To. I was a little disappointed with what I actually got. And that's only because I was expecting so high.
Instead of a mature romance like with Noah and Echo or Beth and Ryan, I got Instalove. Instalove in it's most painful form. Isaiah and Rachel meet in illegal street racing and he thinks she's hot. She thinks he's pretty hot too. The same night they met ends with him thinking "damn, I like her" even though he's never let anyone in before (well, not counting Beth). They also make out for an "appearance" to the cops, but it's obvious that there's way more than just appearances.
McGarry writes her books in alternating POVs with the two main characters. It's normal to think "why does this guy even like me?" and have a pity fest, but Rachel's incessant put downs made me want to hug her; that or slap her.
I'm not sure if I like the alternating POV thing. Isaiah was pretty chill about his relationship with Rachel whereas Rachel was constantly overthinking it. She was all "why does he like me? I'm not strong!" over and over again. I'm not saying that it was annoying; it was her character. I'm saying, it's such a different perspective between the two that I think it's kind of awkward or weird.
Let's take a moment to discuss Rachel. Rachel is a rich girl trying to please her Mom, after her big sister died. I know this story and weirdly, it's a lot like my MS even though I wrote it before Crash Into You came out. Because of that, I can sympathize with Rachel a lot. I didn't find her annoying, even though there were moments that I wanted to slap her. Her confidence level was so low and she kept beating herself up over the smallest things. She got everything in the world from her status -everything except what she wanted. Her parents are trying to change her to her sister who is dead.
Rachel also has panic attacks and what I think is a form of SAD. From all her problems, it makes her a very sympathetic character that I connected eerily well with. From all the crap that she went through, I was like "You deserve someone like Isaiah."
I couldn't get over how fake Rachel and Isaiah's relationship started though. Sure, it's progression was solid and more of what McGarry does. It went from "lust" to somewhere deep and true. But I wonder if Isaiah wasn't attracted to Rachel; what would've happened? Would there even have been a story?
The thing that turned the whole story around for me was the strength that came with the progression of the novel. This is a mix of McGarry's writing and Rachel's character. Isaiah is Rachel's anchor, but ultimately, Rachel had to make her own decisions and when she finally did, I realized how worth it, it was to read this. That moment alone where Rachel finally said something was documented for what it was. It wasn't rushed or dragged out and had the perfect effect that McGarry's writing always gives.
If you want something a bit different from Pushing the Limits or Dare You To, try Crash Into You. It's a bit different, but it doesn't mean that it isn't worth it because it is. And I think that in reading this, my esteem changed somehow.
KATIE MCGARRY 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, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.