Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #3
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: November 26, 2013
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.
A couple of nights after reading Crash Into You, I was with some friends who are in the car racing scene. As they were planning races, talking smack about cars and getting on my nerves, I thought about Isaiah and Rachel. I so badly wanted to be hanging out with them instead. I’m not sure whether that is funny or pathetic. Probably pathetically funny that I’d rather hang out with fictional characters. But come on, who could blame me when it comes to Katie McGarry’s characters?
I absolutely love the previous books in this series, and have pushed them onto many readers in my life. So of course I had high hopes for Crash Into You. I was a tiny bit apprehensive about whether or not I would actually love Isaiah all that much. Yes, I liked him in the previous books, but wasn’t completely convinced that I’d be able to love him like all of the other characters. I’ll be honest, and this was part of my hesitation with Noah, too … I personally experienced the whole tatted up, bad boy in foster care love story at that age, and it didn’t end well. It was a big part in my life, so I went into both books with mixed feeling about them. After getting to know Isaiah, though, my feelings for him definitely grew! The fact that we get his perspective this time around allowed me to see him in a different light and understand him much better. I’ve always admired his loyalty to his friends, but I loved experiencing it through him.
Unlike a lot of people, I was happy that Isaiah and Beth didn’t end up together. Their relationship was toxic, and wouldn’t have allowed them as individuals to grow. Yes, they loved each other, but it wasn’t a healthy love. That’s a problem I have with a lot YA and NA books in this genre, they romanticize such unhealthy relationships, but this series is a bit different. The characters all have their own issues they are dealing with and some are more messed up than others, but McGarry pairs them up with partners that complement each other. They don’t suddenly become perfect people, but they are set on a path to better themselves … together. Echo and Noah are a perfect example of that, as we saw in this book. Even Beth, who does make an appearance, too.
With all that being said, I thought Rachel was a great match for Isaiah. I wasn’t sure about her at first and “Poor Little Rich Girl” often came to mind throughout the book. But when she was out from under her family’s watch and could spread her wings with Isaiah, be a little more outgoing and be her own person, that was when I started to like her more. I can’t say that I fell completely in love with her like I did Beth, but she definitely grew on me.
Who did I really loved in Crash Into You, though? Abby and Logan. I fell for Logan in Dare You To, so I was thrilled to see more of him and his adrenaline junkie ways. And Abby, oh that girl! She may seem a bit odd, but there is so much more to her than weirdness and drug dealing. I suspect she’s a very clever girl, and I’m dying for a book that focuses on her. Preferably with her and Logan! I think he could handle my Abby just fine.
Crash Into You was a great addition to the series, especially since it involved drag racing. There was some angst and drama, but that’s to be expected. I mean, really, isn’t that part of the reason we read books like this? Thankfully, though, it stayed within the threshold of how much drama I can tolerate.
In my opinion, McGarry pulled through with another winner. She hasn’t let me down yet, and I can’t wait for Take Me On, the next installment of the Pushing the Limits Series.