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I Belong

Early Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

TitleCrash Into You

AuthorKatie McGarry

Genre: YA Contemporary

Series: Pushing the Limits (Book 3)

Publication DateNovember 26, 2013

FormatHardcover, 474 Pages

ISBN-10037321099X (Harlequin Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0373210992 (Harlequin Teen)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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.

Quick & Dirty: Beautiful heartfelt story with unforgettable characters and sizzling romance.  This is my favorite book of the series so far and I would highly recommend it to anyone that is a fan of young adult contemporary stories.

Opening Sentence: ELEVEN YEARS, TWO MONTHS, SEVEN days.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review

Rachel is 17 and has never kissed a guy before.  She is from a wealthy family and has four overprotective brothers. She is the perfect daughter, or at least she pretends to be. Getting straight A’s, never breaking the rules, and always staying out of trouble is what Rachel is good at. She is also good at deceiving her family; underneath that perfect image is a girl that loves cars and driving really fast. Then she meets Isaiah, the bad boy from the wrong end of town. She has never felt comfortable with other boys before but there is something different about Isaiah and she can’t seem to stop thinking about him. Her family would never approve, but she already keeps secrets from them, what’s wrong with adding one more?

Isaiah has had a rough childhood.  At the age of 6 he was put into foster care and he has to learn to grow up really fast if he wanted to survive. It is his senior year and he wants nothing more than to become a mechanic. He loves cars; everything about them is familiar and comforting to him.  The last thing he needs right now is a distraction, even if it is a very pretty one. Meeting Rachel could be the best or worst thing for Isaiah. He is undeniably attracted to her, but he knows that he will never be good enough for someone like her.

Rachel was the perfect protagonist. She is so innocent and naïve, yet at the same time very smart. She is awkward in most aspects of her life, but when it comes to cars she is in her element. She loves everything about cars and is the type of girl that likes to get under the hood and get dirty fixing one. She grew up with very overprotective brothers, so her dating life has been non-existent, until she meets Isaiah. I loved that she was clueless and delicate, but when it came to something that mattered to her she was stubborn and strong. Her character felt so genuine and real to me. I loved her for all her great qualities and respected that she didn’t let her faults destroy her.

Isaiah is one HOT guy. There was something about him that completely drew me in. On the outside he is as rough as they come with his tattoos and piercings, but that doesn’t even scratch the surface of who he is underneath. He is only 17 but he has a much older soul that has been through far too much pain for someone his age. It has made him tough and someone you don’t want to mess with. He has created this image because it was the only way he knew how to survive. But his loyalty and devotion to the people he cares about runs so deep. When he gives his word, he means it and he doesn’t fail. There was so much raw emotions expressed through his character and it really helped me connect with him on a very deep level. I respected him and loved his character.

I loved this book, it was so good. It was a very heartwarming and emotional ride, but it was so worth it. From the very first page I felt connected to the story and I read the whole thing in one day, because I couldn’t seem to put it down. Like all of McGarry’s stories, it is very character driven, and I adored all of the characters, even the secondary ones. The romance was full of sparks and raging chemistry that made it impossible not to love. While Rachel and Isaiah’s relationship isn’t perfect, it was sweet and realistic. This has been by far my favorite book in the series, but luckily there will be more books, which I can’t wait for. I would highly recommend this series to anyone that enjoys an emotional and wonderful young adult story.

Notable Scene:

Isaiah lets go of my hand and in a blur, pushes my back against a cold brick wall. His body becomes a hot, thick blanket over mine. The fine hair on my neck stands on end and my eyes close at the sensation of his warm breath on the skin behind my ear.

I’m absolutely terrified, but at the same time my body tingles with a weird anticipation.

“There’s two cops walking the street,” he whispers.

Peeking beyond his biceps, I see the two blue uniforms stalking in our direction. “What do we do?” I barely breathe out.

His hands go to my waist—my waist! And they feel so right. I like this closeness. Maybe I like it too much. A guy has never been this close to me. Never. And I can’t believe it’s happening, even if it is to keep from being arrested.

My heart beats frantically. Isaiah is hot and scary and hot. Why on earth would a guy like him want to be anywhere near a girl like me?

It’s the adrenaline rush. That’s what it is. I like how he feels because I’m still experiencing the adrenaline rush from Isaiah’s NASCAR driving skills. His arm shifts, and I love how that movement causes his muscles to flex.

Stop it, Rachel. It’s not real. Focus.

“Kiss me,” he whispers. “If you kiss me we’ll blend in.”

My mouth drops open as if to make a sound, but nothing comes out. How do I say the words…I don’t know how to kiss.

Pushing the Limits Series:

1. Pushing the Limits

1.5 Crossing the Line

2. Dare You To

3. Crash Into You

4. Take Me On (May 27, 2014)

FTC Advisory: Harlequin Teen provided me with a copy of Crash Into You.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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