January 20, 2014

Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

Crash into You (Pushing the Limits, #3)

From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane 

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.

Right from the start I realised that Crash Into You would be my favorite one of the three Katie McGarry novels I have read. And that's not even because all our old favorite characters have major reappearances in this one - although it was awesome to see Noah and Echo and how their relationship was going, and Beth and Ryan and their relationship with Isaiah. 

The most surprising thing about Crash Into You for me was that I thought I would hate it. Or, at least, Isaiah. 
Because I had hated him in not one, but two previous books. However, McGarry threw her magic wand and I started loving him from like...page 3? It was amazing. 
It didn't took much at all  to love Rachel. Even though she had major issues and insecurities she did not, for one second, come about as weak or whiny or annoying in any way. She was just really good company. 
So, here we go, two absolutely loveable main characters who, within the first couple of chapters, throw themselves not only into a hot mess of trouble, but also a fierce, heart wrenching relationship that I was rooting for from the first time there were sparks between them. 
The rest of the book was just a fast paced, crazy ride through the difficulties both Rachel and Isaiah faced on their own, with their families and friends and themselves - and the issues they had to go through together as a couple. 
The wonderful part about this book was also getting to know Rachel's family so well. I loved the dynamics between her brothers and her parents. It was a family portrait that left me wanting more, but also hoping for the best of all of them. 

The ending was SO action packed and suspenseful that I actually skipped a lecture to finish. I know. I'm so bad. But I couldn't stop. I, at least, was incredibly mislead by a plot twist that almost brought me to tears. 
Overall, this novel was better than I ever expected it to be. It was brilliant. It teared my heart out. It made me cry. The feels!!!
I strongly recommend you read all of Katie McGarry's books - but this one last!!! Because it is so good I would save it for a while...
Also: I absolutely cannot wait to read her next novel, which will apparently focus on one of Rachel's brothers :)

Have you read any of Katie McGarry's novels? What do you think? And did you like Isaiah in the first two books?


  1. I haven't read any of the novels in this series. I have to admit that they just don't really appeal to me although I have friends that love them. It sounds fast-paced and interesting with the family dynamics. I love it when favorite characters pop up in books--like Anna in Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. I'm glad you enjoyed this one. Great review!

  2. Great review! I also really loved this book but didn't expect too. I didn't exactly hate Isaiah in the first two books, but I didn't particularly love him and he wasn't one of the characters I wanted to read a book for. But then, neither was Beth and McGarry worked her charms there, too.
    "I, at least,was incredibly mislead by a plot twist that almost brought me to tears. " <--- worry not, you're not the only one. McGarry did that part really well, and for a moment I believed she did the unthinkable... but then I could breath again when I found out she didn't (thank god)
    Just curious (cause they are my fav characters, even though they're side) - what's your opinion on Logan and Abby??? :)

  3. I'm really excited for the next book as well! I loved Crash into You and your review was spot on. And that plot twist, oh boy. Katie McGarry was trying to give us all a heart attack there haha! And I hear Abby plays a big part in the next book :) Maybe Abby and West? I hope soo.... looking forward to it!


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