Monday, October 14, 2013

For Your TBR Pile - Crash Into You

Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

To be published: November 26th

Thanks Harlequin TEEN and NetGalley for the eARC. In exchange, I've written this unbiased review.

From GoodReadsThe 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.

Overall Review: After reading all three books from the Pushing The Limit series, this was definitely my favorite. Katie McGarry can write the best opposites-attract romances, and Isaiah and Rachel were perfectly mismatched.

Rating: 4 stars.

Writing: Although all Katie's books are dual POV, I think Crash Into You was executed the best. Isaiah and Rachel had clear, distinct voices that leapt off the page. There was a nice blend of internal (Isaiah's trust issues and Rachel's anxiety) and external (owning a debt, socioeconomics, family) issues driving (ha!) the story forward. And, I just love car books! Can YA authors write more of these, please?

Characters: Really great romances match up characters who need certain traits from each other in order to overcome their (internal and external) obstacles, and Isaiah and Rachel were a great match. You have the guy from the wrong side of the tracks with a heart of gold matched with a tomboy society princess who would love nothing more than spend all day in the garage working on her car.

I really loved Isaiah's struggle to let go of control and trust the people in his life. This was addressed not just his relationship with Rachel, but with his mother and social worker too. With romances full of heroes who rush in to save the princess, it was refreshing to read a story where the girl absolutely refused to allow the boy to do that--and for the boy to have the realization that his intensions may not always be best!

Rachel was a great character. I loved how her anxiety issues were presented and how it added to the stakes of her story. However, as strong as it started, I wished the storyline continued through to the end and extended outside of just presenting in front of large groups of people. YA definitely needs more spotlights on anxiety disorders and I was so excited to see Katie tackle this topic!

Recommended For: Pushing the Limit fans will not be disappointed! If you're new to the PTL series but liked Simone Elkeles or Jennifer Armentrout, you will really like Katie McGarry's books.

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