Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Review : Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

Crash into You
*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.*

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication date: 11/26/2013
Pages: 496
Source: Own 

The Story:

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.

- Barnes & Noble


My Review: One word: ACCELERATING

Opening Line:

Eleven years, two months, seven days.


Rachel Young lives a charmed life. Perfect family, money, best schools and more. But there is more to Rachel's life than meets the eye. For as long as she can remember, Rachel has suffered from anxiety attacks. All of the pressure of trying to maintain the fa├žade of being the perfect daughter, dealing with the knowledge of being her dead sister's replacement and all of the other holes in her family life takes its toll in the terror of public speaking. The only place Rachel feels like her true self is in her white Mustang, her baby.

And it is her white Mustang that led her to Isaiah and a heap of trouble. . .

Isaiah Walker is from the wrong side of the tracks. Literally. With his rough exterior, heart of golden and black Mustang he is a dark knight in rusty armor. Outside of Noah and Beth, Isaiah does not know what it means to have a real family. All he wants is to become a certified mechanic, drive his Mustang and for his criminal of a mother to stay out of his life. That is, until he met Rachel. Or rather, saved her butt from the scumbag of racing (among other, more unsavory things), Eric, who has it out for Rachel.

In a whirlwind of  family drama, forbidden love, fast cars and a race against the clock, Crash Into You is a thrilling YA book that will keep you wanting more. With that, I am beyond excited to say that I was pleased with this book. Maybe it was because I have an affinity for Mustangs? (hehe, just kidding) Having enjoyed Pushing the Limits and Dare You To, I was delighted that Crash Into You did hold up to my expectations. And I most certainly cannot wait to read more of Katie McGarry's work (Haley and West's story, Take Me On, is next).

Meet the Author:

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, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON,  BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

Happy Reading!


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