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In this first book in the New York Times bestselling Crash trilogy, the world is introduced to this generation's Romeo and Juliet: Jude Ryder and Lucy Larson--Explosive. Sizzling. Tragic.

A steamy summer encounter with bad boy Jude means trouble for Lucy. Her sights are set on becoming a ballerina, and she won't let anything get in her way . . . except Jude.

He's got a rap sheet, dangerous mood swings, and a fate to ruin the lives of girls like Lucy--and he tells her so.

But as rumors run rampant and reputations are destroyed, Lucy's not listening to Jude's warning. Is tragedy waiting in the wings? Or could this be the true love that every romantic dreams of?

With red-hot chemistry and shocking twists, this is a love story that is not to be missed.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 136 x 205 x 22mm | 281g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062267140
  • 9780062267146
  • 84,280

Back cover copy

Fickle. Explosive. A hazard to girls everywhere. Lucy Larson, meet Jude Ryder.

Being the new kid is the last thing Lucy wanted for her senior year, especially after her hot encounter with Southpointe's bad boy Jude Ryder has her labeled a slut on her first day. But her sights are set on becoming a ballerina, and she won't let anything get in her way. Until she stumbles into Jude again.

Jude's got a rap sheet--an actual rap sheet--that runs longer than a senior thesis and moods that swing from delectable to dangerous. He's had his name sighed, shouted, and cursed by who knows how many girls. He's a cancer, the kind of guy who's fated to ruin the lives of girls like Lucy--and he tells her so. But as rumors run rampant and reputations are smeared in the mud, Lucy isn't listening to Jude's warning. Is tragedy waiting in the wings?
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Rating details

60,369 ratings
3.97 out of 5 stars
5 37% (22,466)
4 35% (20,951)
3 19% (11,659)
2 6% (3,517)
1 3% (1,776)

Our customer reviews

Dear lord, how could I have gone so long without reading this book? It was fantastic! It was emotional! It was utterly breathtaking! I have a sudden urge to listen to a certain two Beetle songs over, and over, and over again. This immediately reminded me of a YA version of Beautiful Disaster (which, is technically YA, but this is even younger I guess), but there are many significant differences. Jude, although filled with anger, is determined that he is not good for Lucy but is trying to walk the straight and narrow to be worthy of her. Oh man, I loved Jude from the first introduction-he made a good first impression and was very upfront. That beach scene was one for the ages and especially when Lucy holds her ground AND knows how to make a guy squirm. Now, Jude and Lucy basically begin to like each other within about a day and I thought that was rushing it, but some where in the plot I stopped caring about that and absolutely fell in love with these characters and their love story. And everything was SO intense. It caught of me off guard and it was extremely dramatic within the first couple of chapters. I was sitting around mouthing "What?What?!" and then crying, and doing some head shaking and deep breathing. But I wouldn't have changed a moment of this mad high-speed chase! I found myself missing the people they were at the beginning of the book just to be happy when I found them again. I was happy that Jude was trying to push away a girl that he believed was too good for him instead of wanting her around to help make him a better person, even when I was yelling at him that she could make him a better person...that they could make each other a better people. And then when he reveals things about his past and why he didn't deny these things when she accused him...well, my heart broke. And then there is the big climax!!! That I did not see coming and it was a blow to the face. I kept thinking "Why? Why can they not have ONE happy moment?" There were many things about this book that caught me off guard and made it entirely better. Some characters I thought I had down, just to completely throw me for the loop. Nicole Williams has definitely made an explosive and heart-wrenching story in her novel Crash; guaranteeing to provide you with a story and plot that the title Crash describes oh-so-well: mainly one hell of a ride. Good: Lucy-You gave him chances, and sometimes you didn't give him chances. You broke my heart with your kindness and made me smile with your determination to not let a man depict what you will become even when you felt like you soul was missing. I am happy that you were not one of those girls who was determined they couldn't live without someone even when you knew your life would never be the same. Jude-You're ridiculously hot as depicted by your reputation. However, it was you caring for Lucy, your determination to let her know what kind of a guy you were while trying to change, and even your anger management issues that stole my heart. I don't think I will ever see it again. Sawyer-your character made my head spun around Taylor-I kind of felt like you were a good person and you grew on me. Bad: Nothing that I can think of. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Even when there were moments when I was getting angry like when I couldn't understand why they couldn't have just one good moment I realized that was what makes this book so good, and those moments became good ones that took my breath away. The plot was fantastic and the characters both unique, and even when they could be filed away as the "Bad Boy" ended up creating new definitions for the types or creating a whole new type for themselves. I was captivated, and somehow emotionally invested in this novel. I can tell you that I find it in no way hard to pick up the next novel in this series and completely ignore all other items I had on my list of things to do more
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