Crash by Nicole Williams
Release Date: July 19, 2012
Clash by Nicole Williams
Release Date: September 1, 2012
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. - Goodreads.com
I'm doing another combo review here because I read these books back to back. The summary is for the first book only because I didn't want to give too much away about what happens between books one and two.
The characters in these books were very interesting, and I loved them so much that it made me overlook some things that I wouldn't typically overlook. The two have a "meet cute" at the beginning of the story that was definitely kind of fun, but where it started to go south for me was also near the beginning where some ex-friends of Jude's decide to do some arsonish activities. I didn't buy the reactions from anyone on this. Lucy's parents practically ignore what happens. The police spend no time trying to find who actually did it and instead take this opportunity to arrest Jude just for doing something that amounts to squatting, and blame him for the fire. What's worse is that, in her shock, Lucy doesn't speak up for him. So that kind of got things off on a bad footing for me. BUT...they did better almost immediately. So I'm glad I hung in there.
Once we got past that issue, I really loved these two together. Jude was a ball of contradiction that just made you love the crap out of him. He's a bad boy with an anger/temper issue a la Travis Maddox, but he was more likeable than Travis to me. He was swoon-worthy, of course, but he had a heart and he cared. He was just so loveable, despite his past, his flaws, and his temper. And he cared about her so much, that you just had to love seeing this develop. Lucy, on the flipside, seems to be just what he needed. She's patient with him, tries to draw him out, and for the most part, it works. This first book was definitely about him getting over his past.
The second book was about Lucy getting over herself and her own fear. I wanted to strangle her so often for not trust Jude, but when I really thought about it, I suppose her fear and insecurity was probably pretty realistic and true to life for how a teenaged girl would be.
I loved the writing in this story. It had a really great balance of light-hearted and emotionally-ridden that I found to be a great mixture. The author had a great way of keeping the reader from being too overwhelmed by sadness and angst, but the humor in the story didn't overwhelm seriousness either. Like I said, very good balance.
I'm looking forward to the last book to see where this all goes, but I loved the ending of both of these. I've become a Nicole Williams fan.