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.
I might be in shock. In two days, I flew through the 474 pages in Crash Into You. And that’s never happened before. I’m an incredibly slow reader (as compared to other reviewers, I’m unsure how my reading speed compares to the general human population) and before this, it had been impossible for me to finish a relatively thick book in such a short amount of time. I think that would speak for how mind-blowing this novel was.
I’ve mentioned a countless number of times my dislike for the first novel in this series, Pushing the Limits, but after adoring both Dare You To and Crash Into You, I’m going to assume I had been terribly cranky while reading the earliest book. Either that, or Echo really isn’t my sort of person. But enough about the past. Lets discuss how I never expected to love Crash Into You as much as I did.
Isaiah Walker. He is the protagonist of this novel and after the encounters with him in the previous two books, I can’t say I was thrilled to find out this one would revolve around him. A bad-boy image and emotional baggage; Isaiah really wasn’t my cup of tea. So color me surprised when I found myself enjoying his perspective in the story and the unwavering loyalty he showed to those he cared for.
McGarry delved a lot deeper into this character as compared to the previous two novels and I’m glad to say Isaiah is honestly a spectacular person. He’s far from perfect, what with his issues with relinquishing control in life and his negative perspective of the world. However, I really do think he’s absolutely beautiful on the inside. Isaiah’s life may be complicated, but had just made him more appreciative of what little he does have and despite his rough demeanor, he can still see the tiny joys in life.
As for the other protagonist, Rachel, she is usually the sort of character I should dislike too and yet, I utterly admired her bravery. While reading Crash Into You, I kept asking myself what exactly it was about Rachel that made me see her as courageous. She definitely does not seem fearless on the surface, in fact, she mostly came off as timid due to the issues she had. In spite of that, there was just this spark Rachel had. I have no idea how McGarry incorporated that in a book but Rachel practically radiated bold vibes no matter how fragile she may appear.
Theoretically, Isaiah and Rachel’s relationship was another aspect of this book I shouldn’t have liked. Actually, hating it would’ve been more expected. But in truth, I was completely and utterly in love with their story. If you looked at the elements of their relationship in a factual way, it would without a doubt sound like the sort of love story I cannot stand. Though strangely, everything about Isaiah and Rachel’s bond simply rubbed me the right way; it clicked with me and that’s it.
From their meeting to the point where the story ended and left them to the rest of their (fictional, *sobs*) lives, I never stopped rooting for Isaiah and Rachel and thought they genuinely deserved each other. For the record, I’ve not supported the whole Beth-Isaiah thing, at all. For a detailed reason why, just refer to my review of Dare You To. The author showed perfectly how Isaiah and Rachel fit together like puzzle pieces yet as any real-life couple would, had their own number of hurdles to overcome too.
I’ve always – ‘always’ meaning ‘since Dare You To‘ – loved how McGarry never fails to convey in her books that relationships are give-and-take, that there will always be difficulties but if that someone is worth it, you fight to make things work out. It doesn’t give readers’ the illusion that once you find the One, it would be happily ever after from then on; making her stories a lot more realistic and relatable.
As for some other points worth mentioning in Crash Into You, it really touched me how much better Isaiah and Noah’s friendship was portrayed in this novel. Their interactions screamed ‘these two really are brothers from different parents who would do anything for each other’. It wasn’t just their friendship, really, friendship in general was gorgeously well done in this book. Also, I relished how high the stakes were in Crash Into You and the seriousness of the situation Isaiah and Rachel was in. It added an underlying tension that made you downright worried for the characters and the terrifying consequences that might fall upon them.
In conclusion, Crash Into You was undeniably a bundle full of surprises. It had all the ingredients that should’ve made me despise it to the core yet somehow turned out to be a recipe for tunneling a way into my heart. Heart-pounding, heart-wrenching and (insert a million other words involving messing with one’s heart), I love this novel to bits and will probably ship Isaiah and Rachel for the rest of my life. I would obviously recommend Crash Into You to EVERYONE because it’s completely mesmerizing and you’re, in all honesty, missing out on something important in life if you do not read this.
That last bit might’ve been a little influenced by my bias fangirl tendencies but I speak the utter truth.