‘Crash Into You’ by Katie McGarry #Review #COYER

Crash Into You by Katie McGarryI loved the first couple of books in Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series. They were probably some of the first books that got me into reading contemporary YA fiction. I first read Crash Into You a couple of years ago, and I stupidly neglected to write a review. I wonder if it would have been different than the review I would write now? You know how you get so caught up in a series, especially if you get to binge-read it. Maybe if you gave it a little time, it might not mean the same to you. I honestly can’t say how I felt about this book the first time I read it; I really don’t remember.

Much like Stephanie Perkins’ French Kiss series, while these stories are in the same universe, they are not about the same people. Cameos are made by the main characters from previous books, but each novel is its own thing. In this story, Isaiah gets to be the star. He’s a tough guy brought up in the foster system, but, despite outward appearances and a few issues, he’s a good kid. He graduates soon, and he’s happy that he has the opportunity to use his skill as a car mechanic to make a good future. Rachel is from the wealthier side of the tracks, and while she’s had everything money can buy, her place in the family is complicated by the fact that her older sister died many years ago from cancer. Rachel never even knew her, and yet she feels that she is supposed to take her place and be a carbon copy of this perfect girl, a specter that hangs over their family.
It seems Rachel was born to make her family feel better. But Rachel suffers from panic attacks, and her parents expectations for her are too much for her to handle. Her solace is her car. She loves taking it out for drives and working on it. She never feels so free as when she is out on her own, flooring it. Her life get inextricably linked with Isaiah’s at a drag race one night, and she finds that she’s caused a lot of problems. Isaiah wants to walk away and take care of everything himself, but Rachel won’t let him. She doesn’t understand the trouble they are in, and though he wants her to leave, he knows he is already becoming attached.

Having just re-read it, while I do like the story and her writing, I feel like the tales are all melting together in their sameness of theme. I assume that’s what the author means to do since these are all companion novels, but I really hope they don’t get to the point where it’s “been there, done that” for the readers. The writing deserves more than that. I do like that Rachel wants to prove that she’s not some sickly child that needs to be taken care of. There are a few cheesy elements (his thoughts regarding her being an angel, for one), but they are easy to move past.

Crash Into You by Katie McGarry was published November 26, 2013 by Harlequin Teen. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to the Publisher, the Author and NetGalley.

Rating: 3.5

Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary Romance Companion Series
Ages: 13 and up

COYER Scavenger Hunt #36: Read a book with a car on the cover. (3 points)

5 thoughts on “‘Crash Into You’ by Katie McGarry #Review #COYER”

  1. I picked up a copy of the first book in the series, but I still need to read it. It is sometimes hard with companion novels if you REALLY like a character from a previous book. They never seem to make enough appearances. That was definitely the case for me with Etienne from Anna & The French Kiss.

    1. I think whoever (whomever?) thought up companion books needs a medal. Sometimes you are loathe to let characters go, but their story is done. This is a great way to get to see them again! I do recommend the series. It may be fun to binge-read them…

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