Crash Into You
author : katie mcgarry
pages : [hardcover] 474
favorite character : isaiah
memorable quote : I can’t give you the world, Rachel, but I’ll give you all I got.
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 was so excited to read this book because Katie McGarry is one of my favorite authors who writes contemporary young adult novels. I usually don’t go for books like this but I just love the way she crafts the story around the characters, presents unconventional relationships, and creates suspense and drama without the story feeling over the top. I really enjoyed reading Crash Into You. Although it’s daunting at over 400 pages it honestly didn’t feel like I was reading that much because of how engrossed in the plot I was! That said, I do feel like this is my least favorite of the three companion books so far. Perhaps because some of the characters were frustrating to me.
This book focuses on Isaiah, who appeared as a minor character in both of the other books, and Rachel, who’s new. I loved getting to know more about Isaiah, his past, and being able to understand him better because the book focuses him and his feelings as he deals with different situations. Rachel was a little bland for me, compared to the female leads in the other two books, but I also enjoyed how passionate she was about cars. I could empathize with her feeling restricted but her family was just very difficult to read about. The entire dynamic there was messed up and her brothers were so infuriating. I hated the way they behaved toward her, even when they knew she was sick. I’ve heard that one of her brothers, West, and I’m definitely going to read it. But his character better have some major changes coming his way because his attitude just makes me angry.
Another thing that bothered me was the instalove between Rachel and Isaiah. Sure, I definitely feel like it blossomed into more, but there was too much going on too soon especially because Rachel is always paranoid about how everything looks to her family. It didn’t make sense to me, how they immediately felt this connection after they’d barely talked and definitely didn’t know each other.
Despite those faults, Crash Into You was a book I couldn’t put down. Katie McGarry has pulled out another book that I really enjoyed, even if I’m hoping I like the next book more than I liked this one. I’ll just need to wait and see!