Author: Katie McGarry
Series: (Pushing the Limits #3)
Published: November 26th 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Categories: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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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.
Review: There only handful of books that handle Mature-YA quite deftly. I think Katie McGarry’s Crash into You is one of them. I think this is by far my favorite book of hers. I had grown to love Isaiah and I think he’s probably among the three whom was more broken and scared. My heart just went immediately to this guy. I’ve come to like Rachel too. And just like Isaiah she has problems on her back that needs to be sorted out.
McGarry’s novel is not complete without two equally lost souls; both Isaiah and Rachel were broken in different yet similar ways. Isaiah like we all know from the previous novels is very fierce and very loyal. He has a strange but tight relationship with Noah and Beth. He’s not good on keeping up with relationship with other people (aside from his two friends) so he keeps people on arm’s length. So he was confused when Rachel suddenly thrust into his life. He wanted her out of his life but surprisingly he can’t do it. Not when he suddenly found himself caring for her—protective of her.
Rachel has some issues she’s dealing with: with her overprotective family and his medical condition that she tried so hard to hide from them. Her problem was about to add more complication when she suddenly saw herself in a mess but fortunately was saved by Isaiah. And she thinks he had done more than saving her that night.
I liked Isaiah and Rachel’s story better than the first two novels from the series. I have genuine connection with them. Their issues weren’t dramatically & overly painted; so when the process of recovery was happening to them it was believable—very realistic. But the real star of this novel is none other than Isaiah. I’ve been intrigued with this guy ever since so I’m so happy that the author gave his own book too. And she marvelously did so. I loved everything I learned about him: his tattoos, his relationship with his family (particularly his mother) and his worries over his future. He looked so strong with his outer appearance but he’s very fragile inside. I liked how the story managed to interlace these qualities convincingly into his personality.
Rachel has her own wounds to tend. She has a mother who is too protective of her because of what had happened to her sister. And because of it she was viewed by her family weak. They treat her like the way the treated her sister. But she’s not her sister; there are things that she wants, things she likes. And she’s struggling to release them so she can be her own self.
The romance was delicately done which is a complete surprise to me. But then again I had misunderstood Isaiah; because what lies inside of him is a very caring guy. It manifested throughout the development of their relationship. And while there was instant attraction between them, it managed to establish it in a more sincere way.
What’s more to say than I love this book; heck, I’ve even come to love other characters too: like Abby, Logan, even Ethan & West. This book for me was undeniably entertaining. And I like every bit of pieces it has.
I received an advance copy from Harlequin Teen via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review . Thank you.
Preview Quote: “Life is different out there. I’ve survived because of what I make people think. No one messes with me, and that same reputation has kept you safe because no one would mess with anything that’s mine.” — Isaiah (from Uncorrected Digital Galley)