I received this book for free NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Crash Into You (Pushing the Limits #3) by Katie McGarry
Published by Harlequin Teen on 26 November 2013
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.
Thoughts: McGarry’s books are some of my favorites because they’re a mix of heavy issues and some serious romance. I struggle with either element by itself, but together, they work perfectly. It helps that McGarry’s stories don’t shy away from trouble, so I have a very hard time putting them down. Crash Into You brings us Isaiah’s story. He’s an angry tattooed foster kid who loves cars and I’ve been waiting for his story ever since we first meet him in Pushing the Limits. I think other readers have pointed out that McGarry tends to write these dominant, overprotective love interests and to some extent Isaiah does play into that role. But a lot of the story and his romance with Rachel has to do with him letting go of control and letting Rachel defend herself and make her own decisions on the best way to stay safe.
Fans of the series are well aware that McGarry has a knack for writing side characters that are easy to fall in love with. Beth from Dare You To and Isaiah were both minor characters in Pushing the Limits. Crash Into You offers plenty more characters for us to beg McGarry to write about. Her next book will feature Rachel’s brother, West, a great choice since I knew I wanted to get to know West within a paragraph of meeting him. Crash Into You also features more of Logan, my favorite (favorite!) character from Dare You To and introduces us to Abby, a tough drug-dealing chick whose story I need to read.
My only issues were personal preferences. Rachel’s voice took me about two chapters to get used to and there is a device used at the end of the book that I don’t particularly like. View Spoiler » This is a MAJOR spoiler. Near the end, there is a chapter that leaves you hanging on whether or not someone dies. The next chapter picks up several months later at a cemetery and it takes a good page to realize that it is the grave site for someone who isn’t in the book at all. « Hide Spoiler
Favorite Moments: Isaiah’s friend, Abby, buys a school uniform at Good Will and shows up at Rachel’s school pretending to be a rich girl from the other side of town in order to help Rachel escape the watchful eyes of her brothers.
WTF Moments: Quite a few moments with Rachel’s domineering brothers gave me pause. Her family is incredibly dysfunctional and I hope we see a lot more of the Young family in the next book, which is about Rachel’s brother. Probably my biggest WTF moment is a spoiler though: View Spoiler » Rachel and Isaiah work their butts off for weeks to get the money to pay off a gangster who thinks they owe him 5 grand. While Rachel is out of the house, her brothers take the money, for a good reason and fully intending to pay her back, and have no idea why she is upset. They are actually incredibly condescending about how sweet it is that she is saving up for a car part. « Hide Spoiler
Overall: Another solid installment in this series. It delivers what we expect from McGarry without feeling like the same story all over again.