Crash Into You
From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane 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.
- Hardback | 496 pages
- 142 x 211 x 46mm | 544g
- 26 Nov 2013
- Harlequin Teen
- Original ed.
Other books in this series
"McGarry's fans as well as those fond of realistic romances will greet it eagerly." -Kirkus Reviews"Sweet and sexy romance." -Publishers Weekly"Katie McGarry does a great job of ratcheting the tension from zero to 80 in the first pages and holding it there all the way around the track."-New York Journal of Books
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Noah had his happy ending (in Pushing the Limits), Beth had her happy ending (in Dare You To) I very much wanted Isaiah to have a happy ending of his own. Isaiah has had a rough background, he has been through a lot. Rachel has a great life or so it would seem... Everything looks perfect on the outside of Rachel's life but it's anything but. Her mother sees her only as a replacement for her older sister Colleen, who passed away from cancer and has Rachel speak on Colleen's behalf at the charity events that their mother holds for Colleen. Everyone is supposed to love and miss Colleen but Rachel don't in fact Rachel hates her older sister or more to the point she hates cancer that has taken her sister from them and tore up the once happy family apart. Rachel's older brothers only add to her growing problems she has by being overly protective. On top of all that the anxiety attacks that her family thought has gone away with the therapy has started up again but to cover them up she acts like nothing is wrong. To cope with the stress she takes an interest in cars and motors, and becomes addicted to driving fast in cars. Speed isn't the only thing that she becomes addicted to, she also can't seem to stay away from Isaiah. With piercings and tattoos she knows her family won't accept him. But what brings them together will cost them everything. All the characters were great. I couldn't help but feel for Isaiah after how Dare You To left off. Rachel was not only a pretty girl she was also smart. Abby was another one that I really liked. Crash Into You switches from Isaiah's point of view to Rachel's. I love all of their background stories. This series could go on and on and I wouldn't mind! Katie McGarry has a way of writing that sucks me into the stories and l love that about a book. Bring on Take Me On!show moreby Sarah
One of my best discoveries in 2012 was Katie McGarry's 'Pushing the Limits', the first novel in the series. Thank you Netgalley, and Harlequin Teen for allowing me the opportunity of reading it for a review. It was one of those novels that stuck with me, and I didn't hesitate to request the second novel, and also 'Crash Into You' in 2013. Lots of happy dances ensued on receiving confirmation of approval. What is it about 'damaged', bad boys that draw us like a moth to a flame? Heck if I know. Isaiah certainly fits the profile. Angry, beautiful and unapproachable, he is the prime example of a boy you shouldn't bring home to mother. But, like the characters in her other novels, there is so much more to him than meets the eye, and that's what I think attracts me so much to McGarry's novels. The idea of someone who thinks they are unworthy of happiness finally understanding that they deserve to be loved just melts my heart. And Isaiah melted my heart. Rachel was a surprise to me. When first introduced to her she cowers under the over protectiveness of her family and the immense pressure of measuring up to a deceased sister that she had never met. Such is the pressure that she suffers from debilitating panic attacks that she tries to now hide from her family. Her only escape is the thrill of speed and adrenaline that she gets from being behind the wheel of her muscle car. How exactly would these two cross paths? And how these two people that couldn't be more different if they tried have that spark of amazing chemistry was beyond me. But that's Katie McGarry's specialty. Not only do these two sizzle (even though this book is pretty PG), they almost successfully broke and melted my heart at the same time. With a plot packed with action and conflict, - racing from the police, and evading the threats of a street thug looking to be seen as the alpha on the streets - this novel was impossible to put down. It is difficult to say if this is the best one yet. I can't say it, actually. Each of the installments so far have been so different from one another, yet staying true to the message that I love so much about them. That love can change everything! It sure changed everything for Isaiah and Rachel. Keep 'em coming, Katie McGarry. I can't get enough. ** Received a copy from Netgalley/Publisher for the purposes of a review. This in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own. **show moreby Lily
We are The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club, to know more about this book, go to the post in our website: http://theunofficialaddictionbookfanclub.blogspot.com/2013/11/crash-into-you-pushing-limits-3-by.html If you are interested, you can visit our website: http://theunofficialaddictionbookfanclub.blogspot.com The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club's Review: Review: "A debt, a villain, speed and bad odds. This is something I definitely want to be part of." Like Logan, character from Crash Into You, said, this new Pushing the Limits story has love, a debt, a villain, speed, illegal stuff, bad odds and the promise of a better future. And I am madly in love with it! With a mixture of Fast and Furious and the well-known Pushing the Limits style, Crash Into You shows us the story of bad boy Isaiah, Noah's best friend, who has had a bad time with girls since Beth chose Ryan in Dare You To. This hot mess meets sweet and rich Rachel whose passion is cars, speed and her Mustang. When they cross each other paths, they are doomed to fall in love. And this couple seemed to bring all the bad odds to themselves. It was really refreshing reading another story of Katie McGarry and I was more than thrilled when I got approved in Netgalley and in the blog tour organized by YA Bound. This book has a lot of potential. Not only because of the characters, the ones we know and cannot stop loving and the new ones that are unforgettable, but because this story has a lot of badass style: illegal car racing, the characters owe a supposed debt to a creepy, stalkerish villain, they end up racing to get the money and they get, again, in trouble. Like I said a great badass story! So, definitely, what differentiates Crash Into You from the other Pushing The Limits stories is the need for speed, the passion for cars and the racing. And it was a thoughtful detail knowing Isaiah's passion for cars. It's what we, fans and readers, were waiting for. And Isaiah's girl HAD to be a crazy-for-cars girl. Obviously. What made me cry from time to time, was Rachel's story. She was born to be a replacement child for her older sister who died of Leukemia. Her mother tried to compensate her loss by making Rachel be like her dead sister. She tries to be the perfect and girly daughter her mother wants her to be, but she has some deep problems that she cannot talk about because she won't be perfect if those problems were real. Rachel's brothers is what every female can dream about boys and what growing up with a bunch of hot boys would be. And I hope we get to read more about these boys. *wink* What annoyed me was how the whole family treated Rachel's mother. She's a grown up, she has to deal with loss and what comes after a loved one is gone. You cannot pretend like that didn't happen and try to transform your other kid into the dead one. And the whole family is the one to blame for that. They don't tell her the truth about the problems the family has for fear to loose her or to break her "happy bubble" after Rachel's sister died. And Rachel's the one suffering the consequences. "The first moment I saw him, the night people clamored over each other to step out of his way, I was frightened. The guy with earrings and tattoos and an energy radiating danger. Now-inside and out-all I see is beauty." And back to our adorable, bad boy and hot mess Isaiah. Us, fans of Pushing the Limits series, know how Isaiah is, and in this story is pretty much the same, with his sweet spot, however now is only for Rachel instead of Beth, his honor, his heart broken (thank you Beth) and that badass attitude, without being a jerk, that is something that defines him. I am madly in love with him and how he fights for Rachel and for protecting her. *sigh* We also get to meet Isaiah's mother. Knowing Isaiah's background, this is something very important for this character. Katie McGarry also creates some new and unforgettable characters to this story, aside from the ones we already meet in the other books. Rachel's new friend, Abby, thanks to her "friendship" with Isaiah, is a pretty weird and badass combination. I wasn't expecting to see these two together as friends, 'cause they are like black and white, but once you have seen them together you know they would rock as friends. Also, Logan is funny and unexpected, too. I wasn't expecting to see him and Isaiah become friends, but that happened and I am glad it did. He's funny and what I like to call a pretty cool friend. I don't think it would be the same without his interactions in the story. Overall, this is one of my favorites YA Romances of all and my favorite story of Pushing The Limits, maybe because of all the car adrenaline and Rachel's personality. With an amazing plot, well-build and unforgettable characters and a perfect love story, Crash Into You is a must read book that you're gonna love as much as I did. That's why I'm giving this fantastic book five gorjuss dolls and waiting, anxiously, for the following book, 'cause, Book Addicts, it's going to be about West, Rachel's brother. Just Saying... What are you waiting for? Don't miss yet another spectacular work of Katie McGarry. "You can ignore me, Rachel, and you can try to treat me as a friend, but none of that will erase the fact that I think about kissing you every second I’m awake and dream at night of my hands on your body. And it sure as hell won’t erase that I’m terrified by how much I like you."show moreby TUABFC
Isaiah and Rachel couldnÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€™t be more different. HeÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€™s struggling to make rent in a budget apartment and is facing getting sent back to his foster parents. SheÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€™s the perfect daughter of wealthy parents and wants to please everyone. HeÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€™s rough around the edges, covered in tattoos and isnÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€™t unfamiliar with the darker side of life. She feels the need to please everyone even when itÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€™s hazardous to her own health. But they both share a love of cars. When they meet by chance at an illegal street race, they feel a spark. They put aside their preconceived notions of the other get to know each other on a deeper level. But real life gets in the way and tries to tear them apart just as theyÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€™re falling in love. I have to admit ÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€“ I was annoyed at Katie McGarry. After reading Pushing the Limits, I wanted Isaiah and Beth to be together. Then I read Dare You Too and I started to think maybe the author knew better than I did what was best for her charactersÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€Ãƒ‚Ã‚Â¦ Now, after reading Isaiah and RachelÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€™s story ÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€“ I know I was wrong. I adored this novel. From the start I could see that these two brought out the best in each other. Rachel is fragile. But she surprised me by being tough as nails on the inside. She doesnÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€™t like conflict and does whatever she can to avoid it. SheÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€™s living her life in her sisterÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€™s shadow and whilst they may not mean to ÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€“ her parents never let her forget it. But sheÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€™s more than the society princess. SheÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€™s passionate about cars ÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€“ and her love of mechanics is heartfelt and believable. Isaiah on the other hand is damaged. Life hasnÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€™t been kind to him and he doesnÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€™t think enough of himself to get him out of the hole that heÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€™s in. Noah, his best friend and the main character from Pushing the Limits, tries to do what he can but heÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€™s got his hands full with college, Echo and his brothers. ItÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€™s an interesting time for Isaiah ÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€“ because as well as Rachel coming into his life he gets a case worker who wants more than just to wash her hands of him. ThereÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€™s a lot of excitement in this book ÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€“ illegal street racing, money hungry bookies and a romance that is absolutely beautiful. I thought McGarry did a brilliant job of melding the different worlds her characters live in whilst at the same time being believable. There are some surprises in this book with some amazing new characters being introduced and some old favourites from the series reappearing. I thought it was great that characters like Beth are still prickly and (dare I say) a little bitchy despite having her happy ending ÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€“ it felt authentic that sheÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€™s the same girl despite the changes her life has been through. IÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€™m looking forward to the fourth book in this series. I love the characters and canÃƒƒÃ‚Â¢€™t wait to see what Katie McGarry come up with next!show moreby Kate @ Fictional Thoughts
Wow. Hot, emotional and powerful. That is my immediate reaction to Crash Into You. Of course we know of Isaiah, but we really get to know him and what makes him tick in this book. He is more layered and deep than I suspected. We go into his world of cars, debt, streetracing and the impossible of falling in love as well as him facing some other unexpected characters. We also get to meet Rachel, who is a perfect blend of fragile and strong. She has to put on a face to keep her mom and family happy as well as harboring a huge secret. Well, several, actually, Isaiah being one, and something to do with her health being another. She finds a place and meets a few people where she can actually be herself, not the Rachel that she has pretended to be for the world. So it is hard for me when she has to go back under the veil of secrecy when she is at home. But her relationship with her brothers is layered, and I know there is love there, but also it has a lot of protectiveness, a dash of selfishness because they just want her to put on the face to make their mom happy. And the twin connection with her and Ethan was neat to have, although I do think that there could have been more there. Watching Rachel grow, learn to stand up for herself and actually explore her passions was a great journey to watch as her character learned and blossomed under the love and support of Isaiah. But could secrets and one guy that seems bent on their failure ruin it all? Well, we find out in this one, and as you know, Katie McGarry doesn't make it easy on them. They see their share of problems, obstacles and even danger that threatens to tear them apart and test their young love. I loved the scenes where they were falling for each other. They were intense and they have a chemistry that left me with a shiver and a smile. As far as side characters, we get to see Noah, Echo, Beth and Ryan but it is from a new vantage point. We really get to see the hurt that Isaiah feels from Beth, and I kept hoping they could patch it up and just be friends because of all their past, they should have each other's backs and glad to see the other happy. We also get to know Logan better, and I am hoping that one day he might get his own story. We know that Rachel's brother West is next, but the person whose book I REALLY want to see and will beg for is the side character of Abby. She is so tough and I want to know what has led her to the choices she is making. I know that I already love her because of how she befriends Rachel, but I want more from her. I liked where it ended their story, with that promise of hope and expectations yet to meet, but with the main plots of this story wrapped up. Bottom Line: Intense look at a character I already loved and more that worked their way into my heart.show moreby Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and Netgalley.) 17-year-old Rachel has panic attacks, and hates being the focus of attention, so being asked to speak at a charity event that her mother is hosting is just too much for her to even think about. 17-year-old Isaiah is a foster kid who's not 100% honest about where he's currently living. When he meets Rachel at a drag race, he instantly feels a connection to her, even though he knows he's not good enough for her. Can Rachel be the person her mother needs her to be? Can Isaiah be the person that he thinks Rachel needs him to be? And is drag racing cars ever a good idea? This was a good YA contemporary romance, but I liked the romance more than the rest of the story. Rachel was a sweet girl who had issues, and it was pretty harsh the way her mother continually tried to turn her into a different person. I almost wanted Rachel to stand up to people more, but it was clear that that wasn't the sort of person she was. Isaiah was also troubled, but I loved the way he went to such lengths to try and protect Rachel and keep her safe. I did like the storyline in this book, but I liked the romance more than the other storylines. I thought the romance between Isaiah and Rachel was really sweet, and when they got passionate, boy was the heat turned up! The other storylines were only okay for me. I thought that the drag racing was a bad idea, and getting involved in the debt side of things was a bad idea too. I also hated Rachel's brothers at times for the way they treated her, as well as her parents who had unrealistic expectations. The ending was quite surprising, and was reasonably happy. I think that if you liked this authors previous books then you'll probably like this one too. Overall; a good YA contemporary romance, with some car-racing action. 7 out of 10.show moreby Sarah Elizabeth