Author: Katie McGarry
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: November 26, 2013
**I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley.com, and was in no way otherwise compensated for this review.**
Synopsis (From Goodreads.com): 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.
Review: Crash Into You is the third book of the Pushing the Limits series by Katie McGarry I have read all of these books, and have enjoyed each and every one of them for different reasons. Katie McGarry writes about individuals who are broken and beaten down by life. Her stories are on the edge of what I like to read – there have been references to drug use, and alcohol consumptions, only it is done in such a way that it does not really pain either of them in a light that is anything but negative and points out the fact that they cause you to lose control of yourself.
I was more than happy for Isaiah to get his story, especially after reading Dare to You, and how Beth moved on without him. All along I didn’t think Beth and Isaiah would be “good” for each other, however prior to reading Dare to You I was hoping that Katie McGarry would find a way. She did, and this way is much better.
Rachel lives in a world where everything is planned and laid out nicely for her. On the outside she is playing the perfect daughter and sister, while on the inside she’s screaming for release; which we find from the first chapters, can only be found while driving her Mustang. She also suffers from severe panic attacks that has, in the past, landed her in the hospital. I found Rachel to be the perfect mix of girl and tomboy, as even though she wasn’t into frills and ribbons, she did seem to care about looking nice and she never seemed to have that tough exterior that you would think a girl who likes to hang out in the garage fixing cars would have. Her brothers were extremely over bearing, and at times over the top with the “make mom happy” line. I was frustrated to no end at the road block they seemed to put in front of any guy who even looked in her direction.
Isaiah is recovering, slowly but surely, from having his heart handed to him on a silver platter. It is obvious pretty quickly that no matter how much he thought he loved Beth, it clearly wasn’t as much as he thought he did. He fell for Rachel pretty fast and hard. I love that he is protective of Rachel, but not to the point of being over bearing, in fact he encourages Rachel to be brave and do things she wouldn’t normally do. (Even at times skipping school..but you know.) He became a balance in Rachel’s [not-so] perfect life. She does the same for him, helping him to move forward and on with his life.
Crash Into You not only was a fast and fun journey of danger and recovery, but it was pretty hot and steamy in parts to, but in a very slow paced sort of way, since upon meeting Isaiah, Rachel had never even been kissed. This book is what I would consider “New Adult” and does include talk about drugs (while no actual usage), talk about alcohol, and some sexual content. I do not recommend this book for young teenagers.