Title: Crash Into You
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #3
Previous Books: Dare You To
Next Book: Take Me On (May 2014)
Source: Personal purchase
Description from Goodreads:
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.
While reading Pushing the Limits, I not only fell in love with Noah and Echo, but also with Noah’s best friend, Isaiah, but I figured his story was pretty much over. However, after the events of Dare You To, I knew there was more and could not wait to get Isaiah’s story! And I was not disappointed.
One of the best things going into Crash Into You was the fact that I already loved Isaiah’s character. Unlike Echo, I did not immediately connect with Rachel. While I understood her desire to please her family above all else, leading to her having multiple panic attacks, she also frustrated me at times. I understand caring about other people and being selfless, but when you’re selflessness is leading to your own misery, it’s time to be a little bit selfish at times. However, I loved every scene Isaiah was in, and because he was immediately drawn to and cared about Rachel, I gave her the benefit of the doubt.
There were a lot of surprises for me in Crash Into You. First, there’s a certain scene that lasts way longer than I expected. This wasn’t necessarily good or bad for me, just really surprising. Also, there were twists and turns that led to the main conflict being introduced, which I really didn’t see coming. However, once it was introduced, I read the rest of the book with a deep sense of dread. After reading Dare You To, I knew that Katie McGarry isn’t afraid to tackle tough subjects and make bad things happen, so I was super nervous that something really bad was going to happen. So much so, in fact, that I was almost afraid to read the rest of the book.
Crash Into You was a really tough book for me, character-wise. I already loved Isaiah, Noah, and Echo, and his other friends that were introduced were also amazing. The bad guys were bad guys, and they were all the better for it. However, I had a really hard time with Rachel’s part of the story because I pretty much hated all of them. The story (and Rachel) wouldn’t have been as good without them, but I really couldn’t stand them a lot of the time, and it made me sad for Rachel. Maybe that was the point, but ugh, I just wanted to punch her mother and brothers in their faces several times throughout my reading!
Without giving too much away, I hope, I really liked the ending. At first, it felt like it was going to be predictable, but it wasn’t. There was no way I could have predicted the events, and I thought they were amazing.
Overall, I thought that Crash Into You was an AMAZING story! It made me angry, sad, irritated, happy, amused. It just had so many emotions. I’m taking away a half-star only because it took me so long to connect with Rachel, but I still loved it and would definitely recommend it!