Title: Crash Into You
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits
Book #: 3
Reading Level: YA
Goodreads Rating: 4.32
Published: Nov. 26th, 2013
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.
Crash Into You was another fantastic addition to the Pushing the Limits series. Katie McGarry has a gift of getting people so involved in the characters and their stories you can't help but fall in love. Crash Into You had all the elements we have come to expect from previous novels (danger, attraction, high stakes, vulnerability, etc) but it still manages to hook you in and create a completely different and captivating tale.
*WARNING* Do not read without sitting/laying down since you might seriously swoon while reading this title.
The most important aspect of the Pushing the Limits series is its characters. They all feel so alive and individual that you couldn't possibly confuse who is who. They all have clear distinctive voices, and to boot they are all interesting in their own ways. This is not an easy thing to do so all the props go to McGarry's incredible talent. She is the kind of author you instantly add to your "BUY" list without even knowing the summary of the next book. It doesn't matter anyways, you know she will deliver.
Rachel Young. She is a very interesting character. Practically every male's fantasy, she is the kind of girl who doesn't just love cars she breathes them in. Cars are her thing, they are the way she survives in her cookie cutter world. She may be rich and cute but her situation at home is anything but a fairy tale. While her parents do care, more than other parents in the stories so far, she still has major identity issues they keep fueling. The sole reason she is alive is because her older sister died, of cancer, and her mother desperately wanted another girl. She wasn't quite expecting what she got however, a girl who is not a girly girl, and that is where the friction comes from.
While I appreciated Rachel's character, she is the cutest, I couldn't quite relate to her as a person. We just didn't have anything in common so I didn't feel a connection to her. I was kind of reading her story from afar. She could be the girl I could be friends with, but not the girl I identified myself with. So far in the series she is my third favorite character, behind Beth and then Echo.
Isaiah. I have loved him ever since Pushing the Limits. He is a fighter to his very bone. I felt so bad for him because at the beginning of the novel you could still see how he was suffering over losing Beth. But him and Rachel? They just clicked. I loved how Isaiah could be himself around Rachel and the way she made him feel. He called her his angel, because he just saw her as this light within the darkness that is his life *swoon* Believe me this book has plenty of passages that will make you swoon.
One of the things I absolutely LOVED about Crash Into You was that it introduced a lot of new characters (future books!!!). Rachel alone has 4 brothers: Gavin, Jack, Ethan, and West. While Gavin and Jack don't seem like they would fit the required age limit in order to be in YA there are still two more brother that do. The next book, [book:Take Me On|18333898], is already about West, the brother with a fighting problem. But my new favorite character would have to be Abby, the spunky drug dealer (yeah, you got that right). She is just unpredictable and somehow sweet. I can't wait until I read her book.
I really liked Crash Into You and would recommend it to everybody, specially if you have read the previous novels. The Pushing the Limits series is the one series that got me into contemporary reads and it is golden. A must read by any standards!!