Saturday, November 23, 2013

Crash into You by Katie McGarry

Crash Into You by Katie McGarry- 5 STARS

Crash into You (Pushing the Limits, #3)Synopsis--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.
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley

Kissing in the backseat
Overall- I absolutely loved this book. I could not put it down. This was much like the first book in this "series" with plenty of raw emotional moments, suspense and just enough action to really grab my interest. This was a gripping novel, from the first word to the last word in this book. I hung on to every emotion, every scene, every word, slowing down at the end to really take it all in.Though I was crying, and trying to figure out at the end why the author did this to me....I recognized the emotional involvement and attachment I had to these characters and their story. I could re read this book over and over again. What makes this book so awesome? The fact that the author is able to capture her characters emotional state in words that connect so intensely with the readers that I feel invested in the outcome of their story. Another great thing about CIY? The author did an amazing job of taking real life issues, normal issues and making an intense and gripping storyline out of it. The issues that Isiah and Rachel faced seemed to me, to be somewhat typical of life, dealing with the cards that you got dealt, trying to figure out how to make yourself happy without ruining the world around you and hurting those you care about. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!
Rachels House

Rating: PG- 13  
Overall: AMAZING
Characters:  Isaiah, Abby, Logan, West, Rachel 
Page Turner: YES
Series Cont.? Kind of. 
Recommend if You Like...
Book Boyfriend: Isaiah 
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Sex Scenes: Kind of 
The Auto Repair Shop

Plot- Holy crap! This one threw me for a curve ball. I knew I would like this one because I loved the first book with Echo and Noah, but this one was not nearly as dark and serious. Don't get me wrong, there were serious issues throughout the book, but none quite as deep and dark as Noah and Echo's store (at least in my opinion). Regardless I thought this book was excellent. The point of views were so perfectly written, and flawlessly integrated. I loved that each character really had their own voice and personality no matter how small. Isaiah is trying to get his life together and move forward, while Rachel is trying to move forward with the life put together for her that she doesn't want, all while trying to figure out what she wants and how to make those two things co-exist, that is until Isaiah enters the picture. I loved everything about this book. The pace. The characters. The scenes and craziness. As an adult, I read it at times and think "why didn't she just do X" and then I recall as a teenager, I would have done exactly the same thing, and it certainly wasn't "X" the author here, had me completely emerged into the story the characters and the plot. I was so enveloped by the story, I could not put it down until tears were streaming down my face and I couldn't see anymore! This is a story that will stay with you, its true to the heart and will shred you to pieces with all the precious moments. Love it.

Cam Gigandet as Isaiah 
Isaiah -- LOVE him. He is the sexy bad boy. But instead of the typical bad boy. He s earnest and has such a big and loving heart. While he may not wear his heart of his sleeve, and he has a few trust issues…he always has the backs of those he loves and cares about. I like that over the course of the novel the reader gets more than a glimpse of who Isaiah is and his background. His life story, the hard times he's been through and life in the system is explained in a way that feels genuine and honest. The author did a brilliant job of making Isaiah feel both strong and intimidating, but also loving and sweet.
Allie Gonino as Rachel 

Rachel- I like Rachel. She may come from wealth and have the big family where everything appears to be perfect, but the truth is, life for Rachel and her family is not as perfect as it seems. What makes Rachel a great character is that her issues didn't feel awkward, or too far fetched. Instead the emotional break downs that she would have felt raw, genuine, sincere, which is important in a story like this. While Rachel and Isaiah seemed to have nothing in common except their love of cars, in reality it was that passion that simply brought them together and the relationship went far deeper. The author did amazing in transforming their story from common ground to epic love and strength.
Abby - Phoebe Tonkin

Abby-- I can't decide if I like Abby or not most of the time. But in the end I think I like her, and frankly I want more of her. I would love to see her story one day! I wish for her to have her happy ending!!
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Logan--Logan is another great background character, he has a purpose in the story, but its also to help move things along and to provide a way for certain pieces to fall in line with the plot point. Which is okay. There are always characters like that. I wish I could have gotten to know him better, but in the end he was a likable guy.

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