Monday, January 27, 2014

Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

Title:                             Crash Into You
Author:                        Katie McGarry,
Release Date:            November 26, 2013
Publisher:                   Harlequin Teen
Genre:                          YA, Contemporary Romance
Pages:                           474

Synopsis (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.           


Crash Into You by Katie McGarry is the third installment in her Pushing The Limits series. The book is a compelling Contemporary Romance, where McGarry has used the tried and true bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks meets good, preppy girl and falls in love. Somehow, once again McGarry takes this plotline of star-crossed lovers and makes it feel unique and new. Crash Into You is a troubled boy meets good girl story, yes, but it is also about so much more – dysfunctional families, Anxiety/Panic Disorder, loss, grief, finding yourself, and of course street racing.
            For me, picking up this book was a no brainer. I had this one on my pre-order list the day it became available of Amazon, and was awaiting its release eagerly. In my experience so far, McGarry can do no wrong. I have loved all of the Pushing the Limits books. McGarry has this enviable knack for creating characters that are relatable, sympathetic and quite honestly – feel like friends by the time you’re through. I love the fact that she writes from a dual perspective in each of her novels, and that she really delves into and fleshes out each of her characters. I like that I really get to know them, and because you see the same characters from book to book, you see multiple sides to them and it can change your perception.

The story itself focuses on returning character Isaiah, a senior in high school and a foster kid who will soon age out of the system. Isaiah is currently living with his best friend Noah, another foster kid who has aged out of the system recently, illegally. Isaiah doesn’t wish to return to his foster home, so in addition to trying to finish school and find a mechanic job for when he graduates and ages out, he is struggling to find a means to help pay the rent so he can remain living with Noah. We learn a lot about Isaiah throughout this book, about his past, his fears, his hopes, and his values. His need to stay living in the apartment with Noah (and not return to his foster home), is what drives Isaiah to get involved in a street race where he ultimately meets Rachel.
            On the surface Rachel appears to have the perfect life: she’s pretty, her family is well off, her parents and siblings love her, she goes to a great school, etc. However, Rachel has been forced into the unfortunate position of living her life for someone else. Rachel was born to replace her older sister, who died as a child. Rachel herself, struggles to maintain the façade of being just like her sister, there by allowing her family to function and keeping her mother from sinking back into depression. Rachel struggles with Anxiety and Panic Disorder, which just exacerbates the issue for her, and makes it that much harder to go against the status quo. Rachel’s only release is when she is able to sneak off and drive her Mustang GT at night. This attraction to speed and the release it allows her, are what eventually lead Rachel to an illegal drag race one night where she meets Isaiah.
            One thing leads to another, and Rachel and Isaiah find themselves in a situation where both of their lives are at risk and they need to work together to find a way out.

My Thoughts:
            I loved it! Once again, McGarry has won me over and found a way to create a place in my heart for her characters. I was definitely cheering them on, and I was so sad to once again have to leave the Pushing the Limits world behind. I would definitely recommend this book to others to read. The story was compelling and kept me up at night needing to read. The characters were relatable and sympathetic, and I really liked the topics the book touched on: grief, Panic/Anxiety Disorders, family situations, etc. I loved Isaiah, possibly more than Noah, which I did not originally think was possible. Rachel was not my favorite character, but I still really felt her struggle and sympathized with her.
            My one wish for this book would have to be…more Abby! She was a secondary character, but she stole my attention. I couldn’t wait to see more of her, and I loved her and really wanted to know more about her. I would love to see an Abby story, and while I know the next is a West story (one of Rachel’s brothers), I hope an Abby story is coming soon!


If you enjoy this book, for more Contemporary Romance/Star crossed lovers, try-
·      Pushing the Limits or Dare You To – Katie McGarry
·      Wild Cards – Simone Elkeles
·      Perfect Chemistry, Chain Reaction, or Rules of Attraction
Simone Elkeles


4 out of 5 Doxies – Liked it a lot, definitely worth a read!

 Tale of Two Doxies


  1. Cute rating system! I should probably pick this up...or maybe borrow it?

  2. Thanks! Not as great as yours! I love that you have a nice visual rating as well, I'm hoping to work on that next.

  3. Nice review, I like how you broke it down. I've really debated reading this series mainly because I don't read a lot of romance-oriented novels, but Pushing the Limits sounds kinda cute.