Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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.
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.