Monday, March 2, 2015

Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
Release Date: November 26, 2013
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen

The girl with straight A's and the perfect life—that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy family…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 after the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.

The last thing Isaiah needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks. But when their shared love of street racing puts their lives in jeopardy, Isaiah and Rachel will have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.

Katie McGarry's books have been some of my favorites for contemporary young adult.  Isaiah is introduced early in one of the other books, plays a more prominent role in the last book, as he's in love with that heroine, and now he's finally getting his own book in Crash Into Me.  It was definitely worth the wait for me.

Although Isaiah was a very small secondary character in the prior books, I've always had a soft spot for him in my heart, especially in the last book since he loved Beth but couldn't have her.  She's now lost to him, just when he meets Rachel. A lot of what I loved about this book, however, was just the opportunity to get to know more about Isaiah and his background, some of the struggles he's had to endure, and what he's come from.

I really wasn't sure if I was going to like Rachel, only because I thought she would be the cliche spoiled rich girl, but she turned out to be anything but.  These two bond over their mutual love of street racing, and the necessity of having to work together to come up with $5000 to save Rachel from some pretty nasty street characters.

The book worked me as the story was interesting, the characters were loveable and pulled at my heart, and the pacing was great.  The writing itself is touching, and reminded me often of why I love Katie's books, as she is able to make my emotions run haywire over her characters.  Another great contemporary from this author.

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