I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing The Limits #3
Published by Harlequin Teen on November 26th 2013
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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.
HOLY HELL!! I’m in love! I’m going to force my husband to get some tattoos and pierce his ears… and maybe answer to the name Isaiah. Then I’ll force him to read lines out of the book. Think he’ll mind?
Honestly, after reading Pushing The Limits, I didn’t think that McGarry could write something to compete with it. It dug out its own little space in my heart, and hasn’t been pushed aside since. Dare You To was good, but didn’t touch it’s predecessor. Now? I think that Crash Into You actually blew the other books COMPLETELY AWAY! And then I see what McGarry has planned for the sequel, and I may actually have a heart attack. Literally. Full blown coronary. O_O
Now comes the part where I have to break down why I loved it so much. *sigh* I don’t want to analyze this! I want to just live with the Feels, and have you all take my word for it! Can we do that? No? Alright… fine… have it your way…
Obviously, Isaiah is a huge part of why I loved this story (the bad boy persona is a total turn on!) but Rachel was pretty awesome too. I found her to be so relateable, it hurt! Every little anguish she felt, I felt it too. She could have had a papercut and I would have bled for her! As perfect as her life looks from the outside, it’s a different story to be living it. She suffers in silence, believing herself to be too weak to stand on her own, but when she meets Isaiah, she finds a courage she didn’t know she had.
In the previous books, Isaiah had come across as being a steel-hearted jerk. (Or was that just me?) He said he loved Beth, but was protecting her with force, and it never felt terribly romantic to me. Now that I’ve had the chance to get to know him better, it’s amazing the depth to his character. He is kind and loving, even while he doubts that he can be loved. I wasn’t sure at all that he and Rachel were a good match, but by the end of the story, they were MADE for each other. Their growth, both as individuals and as a couple, is unrivaled.
A certain part of me loved the danger of this book. It’s not anything that I’m familiar with, but I can practically feel the adrenaline running through my veins, and a tiny part of my brain yearns to feel that speed from behind the wheel of a car. Anybody want to show me how to change my own oil? I have a sudden urge to get greasy (Get your minds out of the gutter!) As weak as Rachel thinks she is, she has a strength I only wish I had, and her love of cars is a huge part of that.
I can’t possibly recommend this book enough. In fact, I may even read this book a second (or third) time. Either that or chew my nails and fidget constantly for the next six months until the next book comes out.