Friday, November 8, 2013

ARC Review: Crash Into You (Pushing the Limits #3) by Katie McGarry

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: November 26, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
489 Pages

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.


Maybe it was just me, but I didn’t enjoy this one as much as other people seemed to. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy McGarry’s writing style; it’s very easy to read and to get sucked into these character’s lives. Unfortunately, getting sucked in and then actually liking the characters is a completely different story. 

Crash Into You is the third in the Pushing the Limits series. This time we find ourselves in the life of Isaiah, troubled foster kid who doesn’t see a way out of his life. He has no money, foster parents who don’t care, and a best friend/roommate who is moving out of their crappy apartment and into college dorms. According to Noah, everyone always leaves. He’s trying to stay on the straight and narrow, but when he needs cash, he ends up turning to the streets for some illegal street racing. 

It is here that he meets Rachel. Weak, na├»ve little Rachel. Rachel only exists because her parents were trying to replace the daughter they lost. I’m not joking. Her older sister, Colleen passed away before Rachel was born and her mother was so traumatized that she decided she needed another girl – thus Rachel and her twin brother were born. While her mother tries to make her everything Colleen was, Rachel is everything Colleen isn’t. She likes cars and speed. This is how she finds herself at the same street race as Isaiah.

If you’ve read any of the other books in this series, I’m sure you can predict what comes next. Rich girl falls in love with poor boy. People don’t approve. Drugs, fighting, and drama ensue. And we start to wonder, will our duo ever make it?

Honestly, I didn’t care. I liked Isaiah enough. He really is a good guy trying to survive. Do I believe that he was compatible with Rachel? No. They had their cute moments at the end, but other than that, I really didn’t feel their connection. 

My main problem with the book was Rachel and her family. Let’s start with Rachel. Her whole life people have been forcing her to basically be her dead sister, not giving one thought to how she feels and then calling her weak every second. So what does Rachel do? Besides complain about how she wants to be her own person – she just complies. She believes she is weak and therefore does absolutely nothing to stand up for herself. Then there’s her family. You have a mother who only sees her dead daughter, a father who placates the mother, and four brothers who treat her horribly (all in the name of love and protection, of course). I was just so frustrated with this entire family that I literally wanted to throw my kindle. 

So far this series has been mediocre with the second book being the only one I’ve really liked. West’s (Rachel’s brother) story is up next and I’m kinda looking forward to it. He seems like an interesting character, even though he was kind of a douche in this one. 
Thank you to Harlequin Teen and NetGalley for providing me this ARC in return for an honest review.  

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