Title: Crash Into You
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits, book 3
Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Teen (Nov. 26th)
Source: Review copy from publisher
“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 is the third book in the Pushing the Limits series by Katie McGarry.
I’ve been waiting for Isaiah’s book since the moment I met him in Pushing the Limits (first book). When I read that book I was almost sure Beth would be the person Isaiah will be pair with, but after reading Dare You Too (second book) I realized that although Beth and Isaiah were great as friends they would haven’t had a promising future together. Isaiah didn’t agree with that and he ended up with a broken heart.
In Crash Into You Isaiah is still suffering from a broken heart and hasn’t been able to come to terms with Beth’s decision. To add to that, his life is upside-down, the life he planned with Noah is harder than they both thought, they don’t have money to eat nor pay the rent. If they don’t find some money soon, they will get evicted and the last thing Isaiah wants is to go back to live with his foster parents. With that in mind Isaiah plans to participate in an illegal race to get some quick money to cover the rent. What he wasn’t expecting was finding a normal and decent girl there, a girl that shouldn’t have been there. As the good guy he is, he can’t do anything but protect her, even though he knows nothing good will come out of his meddling.
The only place where Rachel feels like herself is behind the steering wheel of her car. Pretending to be the perfect daughter is taking a toll on her. When the opportunity to race her car comes Rachel doesn’t think twice. Now she realizes she is in a world she doesn’t belong and her life is at risk, without any other option she puts her trust in Isaiah, a guy with whom she would never have crossed words in different circumstances.
What Isaiah and Rachel weren’t expecting was to find a kindred soul in the other.
I liked Crash Into You, but I had some problems with it. First, Isaiah’s character was too easily redeemed of his imperfections. For example, in Pushing the Limits (first book) Isaiah is pictured many times as a drug user in front of his friends and on the page. He was showed high more than once, and in this book that was “explained” as if he weren’t using, just pretending to be to fit in. First, he was usually high with Beth and Noah, his best friends and the only people he shouldn’t have needed to pretend to be somebody he was not. I would have preferred if he had changed his habits because of Rachel and not the way they were brush to the side with that explanation.
Despite that, I liked Isaiah, I loved how he goes the extra mile for those he cares about and how he’s completely unselfish when the wellbeing of others is on the line.
He hasn’t had an easy life and for him to trust people is very difficult. Opening his heart is even harder because it has been broken many times.
I liked Rachel, but didn’t love her. She was an ok character. I hated that she let her family walk over her and took without complain everything they throw at her. At the end she was better, but for me it was a bit too late.
The chemistry between Rachel and Isaiah is on since the moment they met. I liked that Rachel accepted Isaiah the way he was and didn’t expect him to change for her. Isaiah gave the strength Rachel needed to confront the unfairness of her life. Even thought I would have liked somebody stronger for Isaiah, I think a girl like Rachel was just what he needed.
We see characters from previous books. We see what’s going on in Noah, Echo and Beth’s lives. Their friendships are stronger than ever, showing us once more that they are a family. Logan also plays an important role in this book; I really liked him here and hope to see more of him in books to come.
We are also introduced to new characters, from them I loved Isaiah’s friend, Abby, there’s a strong story behind her, one I really want to read. I hope she gets her own book soon.
We are also introduced to Rachel’s family, including her four brothers. I wanted to like them, but sometimes they treated Rachel more like a commodity designed to make their mother happy than a sister and even though at the end they came around I can’t forgive the selfish way they were with her.
Now we come to the last issue I had with Crash Into You, and that’s the “villain” in the story, Eric. Eric is a nineteen-year-old guy with hands in many illegal dealings. He’s threatening Isaiah and Rachel, he’s supposed to be this very bad guy you don’t want to deal with. My problem was that I never felt he was that bad of a guy. Yes, he talked loud and people were afraid of him, but I never saw or felt why people should have been afraid of him. I couldn’t understand why instead of going to the police Isaiah and Rachel preferred to do everything they did to pay him off.
All in all Crash Into You was a good read, one that despite its problem kept me glued to the pages from beginning to end.
Next book in the series, Take Me On, will be Rachel’s twin brother, West’s story. Take Me On will be release on May 20th, 2014. I’m looking forward to see what Mrs. McGarry has planned for him.
My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws
Other books in the series
Crash Into You
Take Me On (May 20th, 2014)
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