Tuesday, 21 January 2014
Review: Crash Into You(Pushing the Limits #3) by Katie McGarry
Publication Date: November 26th, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: Pushing the Limits
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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.
Oh man, Katie McGarry where did you pull Isaiah out of? What a freakin' surprise this book was! I do love the first two books in this series. But Crash Into You blew those two out of the water. And I know I'm not alone here. I've seen a bunch of reviewers saying how surprising this one was. After reading Pushing the Limits and Dare You to I just didn't expect to love Isaiah this much.
If you've not read this one yet, than get on it! And if you've not started this series yet, than why?!
Crash Into You still keeps with McGarry's formula of rich kid falls for poor kid. Which is definitely not a new concept in books or movies. But I think she does an excellent job getting her story across. You fall in love with the characters. And she definitely knows how to pull your heart strings; especially with the ending of Crash Into You. *sobs*
Isaiah is a foster kid. He's almost 18, so he's just trying to make it through until he's free. Although that's not stopping him from living with Noah(you remember Noah, of course?). Isaiah is great with cars. He's in a special program in school, which he's top of, that just focuses on car mechanics. He's sure to ace the test that will help him guarantee a good job in either a dealership or garage when he graduates.
He doesn't like to owe anyone. And really is trying to stay out trouble so he can reach 18 on a clean record. But things change when Noah mentions they don't have the money for rent and that he's thinking of moving on to the school campus which will be paid for for him. But that means Isaiah would have to move back in with his foster family. And that's out of the question for him. So needing quick money, he goes where he knows he can do some illegal racing(he's always kept it legal). This is where he meets Rachel. Where he helps her out and gets himself into an even worse situation owing a lot more money.
Like I said, Isaiah was never even in my radar after reading the first two books. He didn't seem like anything special. But I guess that's why McGarry gave him the chance of telling his own story. Because good God is he something. Of course he's hot. But he's also loyal and trustworthy. And the way he treats Rachel, just makes any girl need a Isaiah in their life.
Rachel is the replacement child for her family. Her older sister(who she never met) died of cancer. She's supposedly an almost replica of her. And expected to act like her. But she's not her. She doesn't enjoy the lifestyle of being popular and being the life of the party like her sister did. She's quite and shy. And suffers from extreme panic attacks, especially when doing any kind of public speaking. Which is expected of her as her mom runs a cancer foundation. Her older brothers(one being her twin) are overly protective and are constantly telling her to suck things up and continue to make their mom happy. It seems like her family is just caring for her, but actually they are quite horrible to her. Not letting her be who she is.
Rachel also has a secret; she likes speed. She loves cars and knows her way around them as well. But her family doesn't condone this. They let her get away with a few things. But if they were to know where she sneaks off to at night to drive down deserted roads at top speeds, well I'm sure of one thing, her high end car would be taken away in a second.
This leads Rachel to(by accident) find her way to the same illegal race Isaiah is at. She's not there for money. She just thinks she can race. But of course it doesn't work that way. Isaiah helps her out of a bad situation. And now they're owing a lot of money to this dangerous guy.
Rachel definitely needed to learn to stick up for herself, especially with her family. There were a lot of times I wanted to slap her and tell her to just tell her brothers to shut up! But this did leave a lot of room for her character growth over the coarse of the book.
Their relationship starts off rocky. They just want to figure out a way to make all this money they owe in the six weeks they have to do it. They don't see eye to eye. But they do have the whole being car fanatics in common. And that's where they start to bond. And eventually their relationship does progress from there.
Of course nothing is smooth sailing. Rachel has never had a boyfriend, so she's scared. Isaiah is still getting over Beth. And he's not really in the frame of mind of ever loving someone again. Well things change and there is a bit of insta-love. But I love them both so much that it didn't really bother me. I was just routing for their relationship to progress.
As much as I loved the first two books in this series, this one was just such a pleasant surprise. I love Isaiah and Rachel, I actually got immersed in the world of cars(I don't care for cars) and that ending was not what I was expecting. But in the end my heart is pretty happy. I'm so looking forward to the next book in this companion series.