Crash into You Paperback – 6 December 2013
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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, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.
- Publisher : HarperCollins Publishers; First edition (6 December 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1848452543
- ISBN-13 : 978-1848452541
- Dimensions : 12.6 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
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We’ve known Isaiah as Noah’s best friend and as a potential love interest to Beth, but in Crash into You we get the chance to really know him. He has grown up in foster care and has no one other then the few friends he has chosen to become his family.
Iasiah is a big fat middle finger to stereotypes: he keeps his bad boy reputation to help him survive on the streets, his tattoos are reminders to the happier times in his life and his obsession with all things cars is his way to make something of his life, skills that he has been working at for years. He had a difficult childhood, growing up in the foster system, and therefore developed a tough skin letting no one in. Underneath the tattoos and the slightly rough exterior he is an extremely loyal person who unfortunately just keep getting dealt the wrong hand in life.
When I first read from Rachel’s POV I was worried I wasn’t going to like her. I was worried I was going to find her spoilt and her problems very ‘typical rich person’ problems. But I very quickly started to like her and found her a very easy character to read. Rachel has grown up being the replacement daughter for her deceased older sister. It keeps her mum happy, so her father and brothers push her to be the perfect daughter for their mother. A role that forces Rachel to hide her true car loving self as well as other secrets that could ruin the perfect happy family facade.
The two meet at a street race, Isiah needs money, Rachel needs an escape. However in true fashion nothing goes right and the two end up forged together to fix a problem that could very well cost them their lives.
Although there are initial sparks, the romance between Rachel and Isaiah takes its time to fully manifest. Isaiah in trying to keep Rachel safe, pretends that he has no feelings for her so she cannot be used against him, therefore putting her in danger. Rachel, having never had a boyfriend and with no confidence in herself doubts that Isiah even likes her. But finally the two come together and become a very sweet couple. There are a few bumps, some bigger then others, but their relationship is strong and pushes through the obstacles put in its path.
One of my favorite things about this book is that characters from previous books are a big feature of the story. As Isiah lives with Noah, him and Echo appear a lot, and even Beth makes appearance with new boyfriend Ryan. Logan, Ryan’s friend from Dare You To, becomes a part of the main group and a new friend of Isiah’s which I really liked and helped to link Dare You To back to this book and Pushing the Limits.
There are also some great new characters in this book: Rachel’s 4 older brothers who can be overprotective and at times seem kinda mean that they are forcing her to be this perfect daughter just to keep their mother happy. But then you can see the reason why they are doing it, and there are times when they really show how much they care about her. The bond Rachel shares with her twin brother Ethan is really cute, and he is not just her brother but her best friend, and they have some really nice moments together.
I really enjoyed this book and couldn’t put it down until I had finished it. It manages to be action packed but also feature all the deep and sweet moments whilst Rachel Isaiah struggle through both their individual troubles as well as their joint ones. Katie McGarry has once again created a set of characters who immediately draw you in and don’t let go.
It's been a while since I read Pushing the Limits and Dare You To...and I must admit I forgot how much I loved Katie McGarry's storytelling and the characters she creates.
I fell in love with Isaiah all over again in this one...such a layered character that ultimately just wants to love and be loved. And he certainly stole my heart :) The story and progression with him and Rachel's relationship was sweet and natural and you can't help but to root for them.
I really enjoyed the development of the old characters and the introduction of the new ones - I think it meshed really well and has opened the door to more wonderful books in this series.
I would have enjoyed some more detail in the last few chapters - but I have a feeling we'll see more of that in the next book...
I loved this book overall and continue to enjoy this fabulous series. It's safe to say I shall continue to devour anything written by the wonderful Katie McGarry.
McGarry burst onto the scene and I loved the way her characters have dealt with real problems and yet have survived with sass and humour. This one felt flatter to me, with its recourse to insta-love. I don't think Isaiah's voice is right either in his narrative - for such a tough, bad-guy to be thinking of Rachel as his 'angel' practically from the first moment they meet?
So I'm really sad to have to give a less than glowing review for this. I'll certainly look out for McGarry's next and hope that it's a return to form.