ARC Review: Crash into You (Pushing the Limits, #3) by Katie McGarry
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Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing The Limits #3
on November 26, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, YA
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About the Book:
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.
Crash into You is the third book in the Pushing the Limits series by Katie McGarry. The story follows that of bad boy Isaiah and good girl Rachel, and it does not disappoint.
Those of you who have read the previous books in the series will remember Isaiah as Noah’s best friend and the one whose heart Beth stomped on. For those of you who haven’t read the previous novels (myself included) fear not! The story reads as a stand alone as well, and you won’t find yourself confused at all.
Isaiah is a really angry teenager. At 17, he lives in a crappy apartment with his friend Noah, instead of the foster home he’s supposed to be living in. His foster parents don’t particularly care, as long as they keep getting their check. Isaiah has been in the foster system since his mom went to jail when he was six years old, and the years haven’t exactly been kind to him. The only thing that really brings him joy is cars, and cars are also the solution he turns to when he needs to come up with rent money that he doesn’t have. Choosing to participate in an illegal street race, Isaiah has no idea just how much worse his problems are going to get.
On the outside, Rachel has a perfect life. Her family is rich, she has four older brothers, and a beautiful Mustang. However, there is far more to her life than meets the eye. Rachel is not the first daughter that her parents had. Colleen, the perfect daughter, died of leukemia when she was a teenager. Rachel and the youngest two of her older brothers, Ethan and West, are the result of Rachel’s parents trying to have another girl. Because of this, Rachel has grown up feeling like she only existed to be a replacement, and her sole purpose in life is to make her mother happy. Her mother puts on several charity events for leukemia research and asks Rachel to speak on Colleen’s behalf. This would be fine if it wasn’t for the fact that Rachel suffers from panic attacks that she hides from her family to avoid being seen as weak. The only thing that makes her calm down again? Driving her Mustang GT. When some college kids convince her to street race she meets Isaiah and a whole lot of trouble.
Both Isaiah and Rachel are characters you can absolutely fall in love with. Isaiah is the bad boy with a good heart, full of piercings and tattoos on the outside, but a scared and vulnerable teenager on the inside. Rachel, on the other hand, is living proof that just because your life is perfect on the outside, doesn’t mean it isn’t a nightmare in the inside. I love how McGarry brings very real issues into her books. The foster care system is a scary place in that they’ll take care of you until you’re 18, but once you’re an adult and out of school you’re on your own. Rachel’s problems are very real as well. Panic attacks are something that need to be addressed, not swept under the rug because it makes someone look weak.
On top of the romance and the very real issues that take place, there’s the cars. Who doesn’t love a book about fast cars? Rachel loves her car more than almost anything, and she knows how to take care of it better than any of her older brothers do. Yay for breaking stereotypes!
Overall, I’m giving Crash into You 5 out of 5 controllers. I absolutely loved it, and if you enjoyed the rest of the Pushing the Limits series, you probably will too!
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