Friday, December 6, 2013

Book Review~Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

Title: Crash Into You
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing The Limits #3
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: 26th November 2013
Format: ebook
Pages: 489
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis: The girl with straight A's, 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.

Rating: 9/10
Source: Netgalley
Cover Talk: Like all of Katie's books' covers, this one's amazing too! The models match the characters, love the car setting as that's what the book's about and the font is awesome! I really love the cover!

My Thoughts: Katie McGarry has done it again. She has created these flawed, relatable characters and has given them life through their amazing stories! This is why she made my 'Favorite Authors' list only after her first book. She made me fall in love with Echo & Noah, then Beth and Ryan, and now Rachel and Isaiah. 

Isaiah was my favorite out of Noah's friends and I was very excited to read his story. So naturally, when I got accepted on netgalley, I danced around the house telling everyone how happy I was!

After I was done celebrating, I transferred the book to my phone and started reading. And boy was I hooked! I read before going to sleep, I read on the bus, I read in between classes, I even sometimes read while walking (what a disaster that was!). But I just loved the book so much that I had to keep reading!

The story was amazing! I don't know much about cars and mostly all that stuff is very foreign to me. But the car talk in this book didn't bore me at all! If anything, it made cars fascinating! I'm still no car fanatic, but I do know much more about cars after reading this book. And all the credit goes to Ms McGarry for writing so fantastically that even someone girly like me, who has no interest in cars or sports whatsoever, found all this very interesting.

The suspense and thrill was very well played out and I found myself staring wide-eyed into my phone, reading ahead to know what happens. Yeah, Katie McGarry makes me do that. I remember doing that in her previous books too. And this was no exception. All the suspense with the Eric case was very engrossing and at times I forgot that I was reading a book. It felt like I was right there with Isaiah and Rachel trying to raise money to pay him back! 

The romance was so adorable yet hot! I found myself rooting for Rachel and Isaiah even before they met! I just knew they were perfect for each other! The were so cute together! Isaiah being all protective and Rachel being his angel <3  My fangirl heart was beating wild in every scene they had together!

The way the two of them helped each other become better, overcome their weaknesses. It was all very emotional and intense. 

I loved Rachel's character! I also felt very sorry for her. She had such a messed up, selfish family. Her parents were very self-centred and looking at her parents reminded me of how amazing my parents are and I'm so thankful for that. But the thing is, parents like she had, they exist in real life. I have friends who have parents like that and they are so depressed. Anyway, coming back to the character, I felt angry at her sometimes for the decisions she made. But then I remembered that she's Rachel. And her family, her parents and brothers, they have made her so weak that she can't do anything. It's not her fault. But her breakthrough was amazing and inspirational!

Isaiah! Oh my baby Isaiah! He was as amazing, hot, cute, adorable and all the good words you can use to describe a boy, as I thought he would be when we were introduced to him in Pushing The Limits. Isaiah wasn't perfect. He was broken and bruised and all tattooed up, pierced bad boy. But he was also sweet and gentle and really a baby at heart. The scenes with his mother, his thoughts in those scenes, those made me want to cradle him like a baby! His relationship with Noah was touching. His anger at Beth was understandable and what made him real. His friendship with Logan was sweet. And Isaiah may not be the guy your dad would approve of, but he really was a nice guy who had to go through a lot.

All the minor characters in the story were good but my favorite was Abby! She was a very unique and interesting character. Her friendship with Rachel was sweet and her relationship with Isaiah was touching. She was a tough girl with a soft side and I would really like for her to have her own separate book. She's really a character I would love to read about!

All in all, this book was amazing! Definitely one I would recommend! In fact, a friend of mine asked me to recommended a book to her and I recommended Crash Into You. She got it as soon as it came out (because she trusts my judgement very much) and she can't stop gushing about it! I have whole paragraph length texts to prove it! ;) So if you do read this book, or if you have already read it, remember to share your thoughts (or fangirl) in the comments!

Favorite Quotes:

“The first moment I saw him, the night people clamored over each other to step out of his way, I was frightened. The guy with earrings and tattoos and an energy radiating danger. Now-inside and out-all I see is beauty.” 

“Maybe this is what happens when you fall in love. On the outside a lighter is nothing amazing, but it holds all the ingredients that can create something wonderful. With a few pushes in the right direction, you can inspire something so brilliant that it pushes back the darkness.” 

About The Author:

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,, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.

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