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I Belong

Review: Crash by Nicole Williams

Title: Crash

Author: Nicole Williams

Genre: YA/NA Contemporary

Series: Crash (Book 1)

Publication Date: July 19, 2012

FormatPaperback, 384 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062267140 (Harper Teen)

ISBN-13978-00062267146 (Harper Teen)

Reviewed by: Bridget


Southpointe High is the last place Lucy wanted to wind up her senior year of school. Right up until she stumbles into Jude Ryder, a guy whose name has become its own verb, and synonymous with trouble. He’s got a rap sheet that runs longer than a senior thesis, has had his name sighed, shouted, and cursed by more women than Lucy dares to ask, and lives at the local boys home where disturbed seems to be the status quo for the residents. Lucy had a stable at best, quirky at worst, upbringing. She lives for wearing the satin down on her ballet shoes, has her sights set on Juilliard, and has been careful to keep trouble out of her life. Up until now.

Jude’s everything she needs to stay away from if she wants to separate her past from her future. Staying away, she’s about to find out, is the only thing she’s incapable of.

For Lucy Larson and Jude Ryder, love’s about to become the thing that tears them apart.

Quick & Dirty: Very cute contemporary book with some interesting twists and a great romance.

Opening Sentence: Summers turn me into a sucker.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Tragedy struck the Larson’s home 5 years ago when Lucy’s brother was killed.  Her father lost his business and went a little crazy.  Her mother turned into the ice queen, and Lucy turned into a girl that tries to save everyone.  This was their way of dealing with the grief and pain.  Now they have moved into their lake house because they can’t afford anything else.  Lucy is getting ready to start her senior year of high school, but a few weeks before she meets the hottest boy.  Jude is one of those boys that Lucy should stay away from.  He has a police record a mile long, is a total player, and obviously he has some emotional issues, but Lucy just can’t seem to stay away.  Lucy has plans for her life, she wants to be a professional dancer and she hopes to attend Julliard in the fall.  She doesn’t have time for a distraction, especially one that comes in the form of Jude Ryder.  But of course Lucy can’t deny what she feels and she decides to give Jude and her a chance.  Their relationship is an emotional roller coaster ride, and sometimes love really just isn’t enough.

Lucy Larson is a very spunky girl with lots of attitude.  She is very independent, but at times she is pretty emotional and has a hard time making up her mind.  She does tend to jump to conclusions before having the whole story, but in a way it made her feel more real.  I really loved her and connected to her so well.  She is a girl with a past and she is trying very hard to not make that her future.  I love that she has a little bit of a temper and she has a comeback for everything.  She was a fun girl to get to know and I can’t wait to read more of her story.

Jude Ryder is the epitome of what you would call a bad boy.  He has a lot of problems with the law, his mother left him, and his dad is serving a life sentence in jail.  So obviously his childhood wasn’t perfect and he really has a temper and attitude because of it.  He feels like he isn’t good enough to be loved by anyone.  Even though he gives a relationship with Lucy a try deep down he is trying to sabotage it because he doesn’t feel like he deserves her.  He thinks that he is a cancer that brings everyone around him down, but under that entire persona Jude is a really sweet guy that deserves a second chance in life.  There are times he is really stupid, but in the end he really grows and becomes a better person.  I couldn’t help but fall in love with him just like Lucy does.

This book was such a cute, fun read.  I love the relationship between Jude and Lucy.  They are at each others throat half time, but their playful banter is fun and refreshing.  They also have really great chemistry.  The plot in this story was fairly predictable, but there were a few twists that I really wasn’t expecting.  Just like the characters, I felt that this book was an emotional roller coaster ride with lots of ups and downs, but that made it a great story and really helped me to connect with it.  Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I would highly recommend this to anyone whole likes contemporary books, I think you will really enjoy it.

Notable Scene:

I was sure more than a minute had gone by, but I could easily have lost track of all time. I opened my eyes.  His were the lightest shade of grey I’d seen yet.  “You can kiss me, Jude.”

I expected just about anything else than his forehead lining as his eyes darkened.  “I know I can,” he said, his voice tight.  “I’m not sure if I should.”

The ache that originated at the very core of me began to spread.  There was only one way to alleviate it.  “You should kiss me, Jude.”

His eyes went another shade darker, but they never left mine.  “I shouldn’t,” he said, sliding a hand behind my neck, skimming a finger beneath the collar of my tank top.  “But right now, I don’t give a damn.”

Crash Series:

1. Crash

2. Clash

3. Crush (April 23, 2013)

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

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