Book Review : Crash into You by Katie McGarry

November 25, 2013 Book review 8 ★★★★

Crash into You is a page turner with lovable characters that make you care about them. So much, that the last section of the book turned into a nervous, panic read for me.

Book Review : Crash into You by Katie McGarryCrash into You by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #3
Published by Harlequin Teen on 26 Nov 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Pages: 474
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley

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.

My Recap of Crash into You :

Isaiah is the tattooed, pierced, angry foster kid that scares people away, on purpose. This is the image he has carved out so he can survive in his harsh environment. Until Rachel enters his life. Pampered Rachel plays the part of the dutiful daughter to perfection but it’s eating away at her inside. Isaac and Rachel might appear to be opposites but both need healing and help and they might just have found a saviour in each other.

My Thoughts on Crash into You :

Initially I wasn’t sure if this book would work for me. I couldn’t care less about fast cars, car talk makes me yawn and car racing competitions leave me cold. And that is a huge part of the setting of this book and I was right I didn’t love this. However Katie has as always drawn a fantastic set of characters that draw you in and hold you there. To be honest, I think she could use a setting of a tiddlywinks competition and I would still be engrossed.

Rachel and Isaiah are characters to fan-girl about and their relationship is electric. Sparks were flying and from the moment they met, it was obvious they were on a one way track to a love that was going to enrich their lives. It would also bring more trouble than a car mechanic can shake a wrench at but you knew it was worth it. Both characters face difficult situations and I empathised and felt their pain.

Isaiah’s fears of what would happen him when he aged out of the foster care system in particular hit me hard. It made me dwell a lot on this issue and how awful it must feel to suddenly be on your own at age eighteen, it just feels so wrong. Thankfully he has the best friends ever who love and support him but days later I’m still thinking about how often the system fails children and teenagers.

The pace of the book is fast and furious as you would expect from a book about car racing. It is adrenaline pumped and with a very real edge of danger lucking closely by at all times. Not just from the danger of the sport but also from the menace that is Eric who runs the streets and who is cold, calculating and worst of all intelligent. And from the moment he turned his evil eye on Rachel and Isaiah, my nerves were shot.

There is a huge cast here, all of Isaiah’s friends, all of Rachel’s family and her many brothers, the various characters from the streetcar and drag racing and I never once got confused. Each character is so distinct, that no matter how small a part they play, they become real and memorable. One side character who shines is drug dealer Abby, I really need a book about Abby as I know there is more to this honour maths student/drug dealer than meets the eye. She proved to me in this book that she has a heart of gold for those she cares about and is a true friend to both Rachel and Isaac.

Overall, this is another great book from Katie McGarry filled with authentic characters. It is in turns romantic, edgy, thought-provoking, tender and hopeful but most of all it is memorable. All thanks to this authors skills at drawing characters who make me scream more!


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read Crash into You?

I think fans of contemporary, romantic YA books will gobble this one up and enjoy every bite. Highly recommended. Even if you haven’t read Dare You To or Pushing the Limits, this can be read as a standalone but if you have read the other two, then you will enjoy catching up with your old friends as they make lots of appearances here.

Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin TEEN for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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8 Responses to “Book Review : Crash into You by Katie McGarry”

  1. Chelsea @ Starbucks & Books Obsession

    Awesome review! I loved this and I think of all the books so far, Isaiah and Rachel are my favorite couple. They are so different yet they fit so well together. I didn’t like her brothers but Katie always takes a side character that I’m less than enthused with and makes me love them so I am sure I’ll be swooning over West by the end of his story. 🙂
    Chelsea @ Starbucks & Books Obsession recently posted…ARC Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

    • trish

      I’m finally reading PTL’s right now! Katie was one of the authors I found this year via blogging and I love her books so much. Her characters are amazing and always make me swoon. Right now I LOVE Noah <3

    • trish

      Thank God someone else doesn’t like car racing, everyone else seems to love the setting! I think it really shows Katie’s strength that despite my dislike of fast cars that I still loved the book. Her characters are amazing and I guarantee you that you will LOVE Isaiah! Go on prove me right :O

    • trish

      Contemporaries are very high on my favourites list and Katie’s books are some of the best out there so I can see why even non contemporary fans like yourself like them Dana. Hope you get to it soon 🙂

  2. Wattle

    I’ve been seeing lots and lots of good reviews for this novel but have been completely undecided about starting the series. I think I will though, there’s just too many great reviews to be ignored.

    Thank you for pushing me over the edge to a decision 🙂
    Wattle recently posted…Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts #4

    • trish

      I read them all out of order by starting in the middle, then the last one and it’s only now I’m reading the first one. They are all so good, I’d highly recommend them. The characters are amazing, the dialogue great and you can’t help but become emotionally invested into their lives.

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