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I Belong

Review: Crash by Lisa McMann

Title: Crash

Author: Lisa McMann

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Visions (Book 1)

Publication Date: January 8, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 233 Pages

ISBN-10: 1442403918 (Simon Pulse)

ISBN-13: 978-1442403918 (Simon Pulse)

Reviewed by: Michelle


If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble.

Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.

What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode…and nine body bags in the snow.

The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more shesees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.

In this riveting start to a gripping series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality.

Quick & Dirty: Another engaging read in a contemporary world that draw’s out the imagination.

Opening Sentence: My sophomore psych teacher, Mr. Polselli, says knowledge is crucial to understanding the workings of the human brain, but I swear to dog, I don’t want any more knowledge about this.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

I love Lisa McMann. I’ve loved her since I read the Wake series. (If you haven’t read them, please do so.) Crash is the first in two books of the Vision series. McMann brings me into another contemporary world based on one’s perception. She has managed to bring me into the mind of a young Jules Demarco. She brought me into her world of visions, and with that the ugly truth of knowing the future.

Jules Demarco is the middle child of a family lost in translation. She works in her family restaurant out of obligation and loyalty, and with that she feels shunned by her peers. Jules once had a friend, but because of a rivalry with the Angotti family, they no longer are friends. Jules has been seeing visions. She has been seeing visions of a crash for a while now. It replays like a recorded media clip, playing on a loop. When Jules starts to recognize bits and pieces of the vision, the frequency intensifies. Will Jules be able to understand the vision in time to stop it from happening?

I adored Jules. She is a main character to love. She’s normal but secretly one-of-a-kind. She isn’t someone that screams “Take notice of me!” but her actions speak volumes. She was a lot of fun to get to know. Jules took me through many emotions, and most of them were engaging.

I loved the way the story of Crash played out. And I absolutely loved the plot. It’s unique to McMann and she does it so well. The contemporary setting is just the background, and the elements around the characters’ lives are what takes center stage. She places items and particular details around the story, always managing to bring that detail to life.

I can’t speak about the other characters without fully spoiling the story. They each play a key part to Jules’ life, some more than others. The relationships that she has with each one give a glimpse into who she is. It’s human interaction brought in with a little science fiction.

McMann knows how to bring the reader into the story bit by bit. She knows how to engage the reader just by a setting, or even by a character description. Throughout the whole story, I wanted more, anxious to turn the page. And things like that is why I love McMann’s work.

I really enjoyed Crash. I inhaled each word, taking in everything McMann had to offer.

Notable Scene:

I feel my throat tighten and burn as tears run down the back of it instead of down my cheeks. I sit outside Angotti’s and try to give myself a pep talk. What’s the worst thing that could happen if I go inside and talk to Sawyer? In my mind, I list them.

Five bad things that could happen:

1. I go in and tell Sawyer and he thinks I’m insane and tells everybody, and my life is over

2. Sawyer’s parents shoot me dead on sight (not a bad option at this point, actually, now that I think about it)

3. The whole fucking crash happens and the place explodes while I’m inside

4. That’s really all I can think of at this point because of all the panic and such

5. As if three bad things weren’t enough

My phone rings while I’m sitting there, and it’s Trey. I squeeze my eyes shut and take a breath, then turn off the phone and shove it into my pocket. I look over at the last delivery, growing cold on the seat next to me. “Sorry, Mrs. Rodriguez,” I say. “I hope you don’t stay up too late waiting for it.” I wonder idly what my father will do when I get back home after not delivering it. It’s weird how little I care about that now.

Finally I grab the handle and shove the car door open. I step out into the slush and close the door softly behind me, and then walk stoically toward Angotti’s front door.

Visions Series:

1. Crash

2. Bang

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

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