Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
Publishing Company: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult—Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: November 26, 2013
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 had my doubts. I did. And it turns out that my book slump still hasn't broken, not with a book that I expected to fall heads over heels for, given how much I loved Pushing the Limits and Dare You To. Unfortunately, Crash Into You by Katie McGarry wasn't as fantastic as I'd hoped, but still a really good read that I would recommend.
Something about the beginning that I noticed: there was a severe case of insta-love, where they had only been around each other for three hours, two of those hours spent running from police cars. Then they were making out and as soon as they parted ways, their thoughts were run over with each other. Halfway through the book, they were declaring their love to each other, which seemed a little too sudden for my taste. There's nothing wrong with falling in love as quickly as they did, but there has to be a way that would make me seriously believe it, which wasn't the case. With the base feeling forced and insincere, there was no way I was buying the love lines they were feeding to each other, even by the end of the book.
Katie's books center mostly on broken characters, characters that I thought would deliver despite the romance. But I hated Rachel's inner dialogue and how weakly she was portrayed in the first half. Her brothers treated her as a fragile porcelain doll, but also, Rachel was so concerned with everybody thinking of her as a strong, independent female. In truth, she acted exactly like that fragile doll because she was so dense and idiotic, nearly crying when she displeased a family member. And when Isaiah was trying to protect her by lying to someone threatening about his feelings towards her, Rachel was all, "Oh no! Isaiah doesn't like me I knew I wasn't worth anybody's attention." Her mopey, insecure attitude really irked me at times, but thankfully she redeemed herself by the second half. I began to gain sympathy for her and understand her. She morphed from that insecure, pathetic girl into a confident one who stood up for her beliefs.
Something special about Katie's books is that they always include the same basic structure: good, rich character with messed up family and baggage meets bad, lonely character with even more messed up family issues and sparks fly between them. However, the materials used to build this structure are never the same. Rachel and Isaiah shared their love of cars, which was what fueled the character development and plot. The good thing is that both of these aspects were demonstrated well enough to keep me interested until the very end. I would have liked the main conflict to have been more prevalent, but beggars can't be choosers. Some plot points were also left out during the storyline, ones that would have brought us to the climax of Crash Into You, which I wished were developed fully. But the plot overall was good and delivered, keeping me attached to the book for the full 474 pages.
Crash Into You by Katie McGarry proved to be another book that fell victim to my book slump. There were more minor flaws that I found within in the book, but the first half was inexcusably hard for me to read. The second half brought about a promising turn in one of our protagonists and the plot.
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