Welcome to my stop on the Crash Into You blog tour!!! I am so excited to be part of this. I have my review and the tour giveaway!! For the full tour schedule, click on the tour banner to be taken to the YA Bound Tour page.
- Publisher: Harlequin Teen
- Publication date: 11/26/2013
- Source: eARC provided by the publisher for tour/review
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.
You know when you read a book and you don't think there is any way to write a review that shows how much you really love it? Yeah, that's how I feel about this book. Katie McGarry is fabulous at putting so much emotion into the characters and the story, and leaving you choked up and breathless. What seems on the surface like a typical pretty, rich girl falls for bad boy from the wrong side of town story is anything but. For anyone who knows anything about this series, we know that Isaiah isn't really the bad boy that people think he is, and we discover that Rachel is not the perfect rich girl who she seems to be. Their story falls together perfectly. Yes, it has the forbidden love type of scenario that it suggests, but it's much deeper than that. This book made me feel like I was there with them every step of the way. It was like they were actually people I knew and not just characters in a book. I love it when a book can do that to me.
I admit that I did not read Dare You To, so I don't know the extent of what Isaiah went through in that book, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment of this book at all. In fact, it makes me want to go back and give that book a try again even if it didn't work for me the first time around. Isaiah was a favorite of mine after reading the first book, so it was natural that I was dying to read his story. It was even better than I imagined. He is very broken, but he is also one of the greatest guys you could meet. He makes bad decisions, but when you are faced with bad or worse, you do what you can. I loved seeing him open up and let his walls down for Rachel. He falls for her despite trying to convince himself it's a bad idea. He doesn't think he is good enough for her, he doesn't want to bring her down, he doesn't want to give in to love because all he knows of love is that it will hurt you. It was very emotional to see him letting go and just doing what his heart wanted.
Rachel was a character that I immediately liked. She is all dolled up, living the fancy life... but hating every second of it. She just wants to escape and go drive her Mustang and clear her mind. She feels free when she is in her car. She loves cars. She likes working on them, and knows more about them than most guys. She reminds me of myself in that way. She also suffers from really extreme panic attacks, and trying to be the perfect daughter only makes that worse. She only wants to please her family even if it makes her miserable. They don't know the real her. The only one she lets see her for who she is, is Isaiah. Only she hides how bad her panic attacks are because she doesn't want to show weakness. She has always felt like the weak one her whole life, and Isaiah thinks she is strong. She doesn't want to change that. I enjoyed seeing her come out of her shell too. Even through her fear, she really is strong. Stronger than she thinks. The only thing that makes her weak is her fear to be herself.
The romance is sweet, intense, and emotional. McGarry sure knows how to invest you into the relationship and practically want to beg that things will work out for them. She made my heart ache for them, and also fill with love at how they care about each other. I felt all the emotions they felt. I wanted to dive into the book and tell them everything would work out somehow for them. I thought the progression of their relationship was perfect. Rachel has never had a boyfriend so she is very unsure of things, but yet trusts Isaiah. He is very sweet and patient with her. He wants her to feel safe and special. He doesn't want her to do anything she doesn't want to, and he is willing to wait forever if that's what she needs. Neither one of them have felt the way they do about anyone, and I thought that it was done fabulously. It's all new to them both. Isaiah may be physically experienced, but mentally it's unfamiliar to him. It scares the crap out of him, but he also knows it's something he wants. Their chemistry is off the charts, and they really push each other to be themselves. As unlikely a couple as they seem, they really are perfect for each other.
This book was really intense. I loved the racing, I loved the danger, and I loved the romance. On top of that, the secondary characters were just as awesome. This was not just a story about Isaiah and Rachel, but about everyone around them as well. It never felt like the others were brushed aside or unimportant. I especially liked getting to know Abby and Rachel's brothers. (The next book is West's story!!) Not many authors can fully invest me into a story where I want to know everyone and everything. Where I leave the book feeling like I am going to be away from friends for a while and look forward to reuniting with them again. This book was everything I wanted and more!!
*An advanced copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.
About the Author
KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
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