After reading some 300-400 pages books, I was finally happy to pick up something shorter for a change, something I could read in a couple hours, enjoy, and move on to the next book. After reaching Crash, I realized I don't want to move on! I want it to keep going, I want it to have an extra 100 pages just so that I can soak up more of the characters, and I want it to explain to me WHAT HAPPENED AT THE END?
Jules is so cute. She says phrases like "I swear to dog" and has funny lists like:
Five useful things about living with a fairly clean hoarder:
1. If you look around long enough, you're bound to find something for a science project
2. There are endless opportunities for organizing if you have OCD
3. The potential for canning is good to great
4. It's easy to hide things in plain sight, like gnomes and bird cages an' ****
5. Survival rate is over one full year when zombies attack (page 146)
Honestly, her whole narration and take on life is priceless. Her initial thought process is, Wow, visions, annoying visions...CRAZY VISIONS, nope, I'm just insane, NOPE I'M NOT INSANE! Fun stuff like that. She's independent, thoughtful, and caring, and she has this amazing crush on her childhood sweetheart, Sawyer (that name is so purty). I love when old childhood friends start to like each other. Reminds me of 13 Going on 30. I like how she can tell the differences between his smiles. They're both such realistic characters.
Lisa McMann was really smart about portraying Trey (Jules' brother), as gay. He wasn't the stereotypical gay guy, but he wasn't butch and super straight sounding either. It met at a realistic middle. His banter with Jules about the two meatballs (catch my drift?) on the top of their pizza delivery vehicle just makes me laugh. All the dialogue is soooo authentic! I can imagine anyone saying what they say; sometimes they are distracted, sometimes they make not-so-funny jokes, and it's awesome! Not every protagonist has to be a pro of making the wittiest joke ever told. Jules actually kind of sucks at it, and that's part of her charm and her authenticity.
Finally, Jules is the one trying to save the guy, trying to protect him, not vice versa (like so many other books I've readed recently...ugh). She pretty much takes fate into her own hands to save the boy she loves.
Final thoughts: While this book didn't blow my mind and shatter all my brain cells (which is the criteria for me at least for a 5 star book), Crash was still crazy awesome, beautifully written, and cackle-worthy (or maybe snort-worthy? I think I snorted a few times). Read this book, and all of Lisa McMann's other books (like the Wake trilogy...soooo good).show more
by Janita Van Dyk