ARC Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

January 15, 2014 Review 48 ★★★★

ARC Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
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Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Publisher
Pages: 474
Release Date: July 3rd, 2012
Series: Pushing the Limits #3
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Katie McGarry has written yet another great contemporary romance we can all enjoy. CRASH INTO YOU follows a similar formula to her other books in the Pushing the Limits series but the books are so readable and populated with such well written characters that they are almost impossible to dislike.

CRASH INTO YOU tells Isaiah’s story, one that everyone has been anxious to read after Beth chose Ryan in DARE YOU TO. Isaiah a great character in the way he just is so real. You can feel his emotions and wants and the pain of his childhood as well as the hope that things will get better.

Rachel is probably the character I can relate to most in this series because she suffers from an anxiety disorder-an issue that is certainly not made better by her family’s constant pressure she live up to her deceased sister’s image.

CRASH INTO YOU is unique because it introduces something very new to the YA genre: street racing. I found the concept very interesting even though I could care less about cars in real life. The adrenaline the characters felt was contagious, and the risks involved were ones that could be very serious in reality.

The relationship between Isaiah and Rachel was very sweet. It did have a twinge of insta-love like romance, but it was nothing that would make a reader put the book down. Rachel was very naive and Isaiah was her first real crush but I loved how he treated her like she was something special.

My main qualm with this book was the length. Although I have no issue with long books, this one did not have great pacing and in all honesty probably could have been one hundred or so pages less.

Overall, CRASH INTO YOU is a must read for fans of contemporary and fans of the series.

Rating Report
Overall: 3.7

48 Responses to “ARC Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry”

  1. Kate @ Midnight Book Girl

    I am definitely looking forward to reading this one! I wasn’t sure how I felt about reading Isiah’s story, but it’s gotten nothing but good reviews from bloggers I like. Plus, I absolutely loved Dare You To, when I really didn’t think I wanted to read Beth’s story. lol
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    • Alise

      I was the same way, but it seems like the series just keeps getting better and better. Dare You To was probably my favorite but this one is superb too.

  2. Charlotte @ Thoughts and Pens

    Good to know that you enjoyed this one, Alise. Crash Into You was one of my best reads last 2013. Isaiah is really a book boyfriend through and through. And among the three male leads, he’s my favorite. hahaha. I can’t say the same thing for Rachel though. There were times that I really hated her.

    Agree, the plot really moved in a snail-like pace but I didn’t mind since I was busy swooning over Isaiah or reliving some Fast and Furious scenes in my head.

    Great review.
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    • Alise

      Yeah, it was a really great read! I actually wasn’t a huge fan of Isaiah but this book was just so good! Rachel was an okay character, I didn’t love her either.

      Aha, I really need to see those movies.

  3. Aman

    The length didn’t bother me that much, I was just excited that we were finally getting a book for Isaiah. Though I had some problems with Rachel, I didn’t like that she never stood up to her brothers, the scene in the end where they (spoiler) took the money without asking her and acted like it was nothing, if I were her, I atleast would’ve fought with them. CIY is not my favorite in the series, but I did like it a lot. Great review :)
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    • Alise

      Okay yeah, her brothers irritated me to NO END ESPECIALLY DURING THAT PART. I would have sooooo pissed. Same for me! Thanks!

  4. Tanja

    I was so surprised by the length of this book when I started reading it. I was like turning pages and it showed 1% and then after few it went to 2%. I mean I do like long books but usually with contemporary the length is important. So it was here because some events at the end were a bit too much drama. Great review :)
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  5. Rashika

    I was set on skipping this book until.. well… you mentioned street racing. That is something I haven’t encountered yet so that might actually be interesting. I didn’t read Dare You To either so I might want to start there but… I really did think Beth and Isaiah should have ended together so I am still not sure.
    I am glad you enjoyed it, Alise.

    Great Review! :)

    • Alise

      I thought they should have ended up together too but I like how everything ended up :) Yeah the street racing seemed really well researched and it was pretty entertaining and I hate cars. Thanks!

    • Alise

      I can agree with that, I didn’t like how Rachel bowed down to all the men in her life but I kind of liked Isaiah being protective. I think Dare You To is probably my favorite of the series.

  6. Joy @ Thoughts By J

    I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Katie McGarry and her writing/series. Haven’t heard similar things about Simone Elkeles and being disappointed, I’m a bit wary about starting this series. However, I do have it on my TBR and will get around to it one day. It sounds a lot more promising, with the amount of love going around for it! Thanks for a great review Alise xx
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    • Alise

      I haven’t read any Elkeles books so I can’t say, but as a really iffy contemporary book person, I really like these books. I hope you do, too! Whenever you get around to reading them :D Thanks!

    • Alise

      The romance was a bit rushed, especially with the instant connection between the two main characters BUT this one is a whopping 480 pages so definitely not rushed, ha. It was actually kind of slow. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Jessica Nicole

    I have no idea why I haven’t read this book yet! I’ve heard nothing but great things about Katie’s books, but have yet to get my hands on one! Street racing sounds fun, too, though I know very little about racing, cars, or anything like that in general, so it will probably be something very new to me! Thanks for sharing!

    • Alise

      All I know about cars is that they can move LOL so I understand the hesitation. But I somehow really enjoyed that aspect!

  8. Eve @ ABH

    McGarry’s Pushing the Limits was incredible, I’m so excited for Crash into You! I have no interest in cars, either, but it sounds like it works in this novel. It’s a shame about the pace, but it still sounds like a great read.

  9. Summer

    I need to start this series really soon. Eh, I groaned at the mention of insta-love BUT if it wasn’t thaaaat bad then it’s still worth a shot. Bad pacing is also a big no-no for me, but I’m so enthralled with the concept of street racing, especially in YA! Great review :)
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  10. Neysa Kristanti

    Definitely agree with you about the character! Isaiah and Rachel is just soo amazing and felt soo real :D
    But yep, agree with you too about the slow pacing :( And then I think the problem was finally resolved way too quickly and neatly, though.
    Anyway, great review Alise! Thank you for sharing :)
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    • Alise

      Yeah, all the men her family really got on my nerves sometimes haha. It was very entertaining, and I love the way McGarry does her contemporary books :)

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