Friday, November 8, 2013

ARC Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

Goodreads summary:

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.

My review:

How does Katie McGarry do it?  With each book, she gets better and better.  She is, without a doubt, one of my favorite contemporary authors ever.  I'm impressed with how she continually writes heart-pounding, realistic contemporary stories that never fail to wow me with their well-developed characters and swoony romances.

I think Rachel might be my favorite main character from McGarry's books.  It was refreshing that she wasn't as tough and jaded as Echo and Beth were.  I guess the best way to describe Rachel would be that she's innocent and naïve - which is true - and yet that description implies that she's annoyingly clueless, which she absolutely isn't.  Rachel may be considered innocent and naïve, but she's also smart and determined, and I thought she was a very strong heroine. 

Rachel is a lot like me, actually.  She has a fear of public speaking and suffers from panic attacks, which she tries to hide from her family.  I've never suffered a panic attack, thankfully, but I hate being in the spotlight and could completely relate to her and the emotions she felt.  I love her character arc and how, throughout the book, she learned to stand on her own and open herself up to her family.

Isaiah is a great character too.  He's the exact opposite of Rachel with his dark past and tough attitude, and yet he's so respectful and kind to Rachel that you can't help falling for him.  What I loved best about him, though, is how far he'll go to protect Rachel.  He was so protective of her and I couldn't stop swooning, much like this:

I love the romance between Isaiah and Rachel.  It may be considered insta-love, but as I've said before, insta-love can work if it's well-written, and this is Katie McGarry - duh, it's obviously very well-written!  Isaiah and Rachel's relationship is pushed to the limit as the book progresses.  They have to decide whether they truly trust each other, and they learn to work together to pay a debt that has put their lives in jeopardy. 

The plot, of course, is fantastic.  I thought there was a lot more drama and action than in the previous books, and I think the stakes are even higher in this one!  Now, to be honest, I have no clue about cars or street racing, and I'm really not a car person at all.  But, I actually found myself drawn into this aspect of the story.  It's unique and interesting to read about, and I grew to love Isaiah and Rachel's shared passion for cars.  I love how fitting the title of the book is, too. :)

I absolutely loved Crash Into You.  If you haven't read any of Katie McGarry's books yet, you're missing out on some of the best contemporary books I've ever read!  As always with this author's books, Crash Into You has heart-pounding drama, a gorgeous love story, and amazingly developed characters.  I can't wait for the next book, Take Me On, to come out!

* I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thanks!

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

~ Kaitlyn

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