Sunday, December 29, 2013

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

Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

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.


Contemporary / Young Adult


I had been anticipating Isaiah's story since Pushing the Limits. In Dare You To, he had been crashed and burnt by Beth after she rejected his love. Poor guy. I wonder how he is going to move on found himself a new girl.

Isaiah, a tattooed-pierced-bad-boy-looking, fiercely protective, a foster kid trying to make a life for himself by excelling in his interest: Cars. His two best friend, Noah and Beth have move on their lives and now he felt all alone.

My image has kept me alive, and I play the part to perfection: badass, loyal, ready for a fight.

The new girl came in the form of a blondie in a white mustang. Yeah, we knew how much Isaiah love cars! Rachel came from a rich family with four overprotective brothers. Ethan was her twin and West was a year older and total man-whore. I'm torn about her brothers though, I don't know whether to love them or hates them. Imagine her life with four brothers, the girl hardly ever dates. 

"Apologize to my sister."
"For what?"
"For existing."

Rachel's whole life was to live up to her mum's expectation and as her dead sister, Colleen's replacement. Everyone expect her to be the perfect girl and made her family proud. She had to hide her fear towards public speaking, panic attack and interest in fast cars from her family. Whenever she had a conversation with her family, I found myself wanted to blow up on her behalf.

One night, when she made a bad choice of joining an illegal drag race, she met tattooed bad boy, Isaiah and engage in a whole load of trouble. From evading police, being threatened by gangster, running away from home and of course falling for another car enthusiast. 

For Isaiah, what started off as trying to rescue a damsel in distress became more complicated when their safety was threaten by a thug name Eric who wanted payback when his illegal street race got busted. Now both he and Rachel need to come up with five thousand in six weeks to pay off Eric. They resorted to legit drag racing. 

Along with the coup was Abby, Isaiah's bff and Logan, the adrenaline junkie from Book 2. I knew they were in a desperate situation, but I can't contain my glee from all the adrenaline pouring off the pages! Fast n Furious, anyone?

"We've got a turbocharger, a cold air intake, an exhaust cutout to install and a girl with a curfew. Let's move."

Isaiah was awesome and totally swoon worthy with his protective streak towards his girl. Well, he always think he will never be good enough for Rachel, but he was determine to secure a better future for himself. The way he put his own life on the line because he think his life is worthless just breaks my heart. I wonder what will it takes for Rachel's family to accept him. 

I love this follow up on Isaiah's story, but can't help but compare the heroine, Rachel to Echo and Beth. Rachel was too naive, but I can made excuses for her due to her shelter life. However, it seems like she fall for Isaiah too easily and too quickly. Secondly, she was a bit dense when it comes to recognizing what Isaiah felt for her. Can't she see how much he likes her? Urg! Sometimes I wanted to shake her so badly. 

Considering Isaiah was Rachel's first experience with guys, every touches, glances and kisses were explosive. She was constantly in 'OMG!' mode. But the funny thing was, I'm 28 and giggling like a virgin along with her. Aww..., young love.

Their relationship might started off rocky, but the subsequent challenges that they face made their relationship stronger. Well, after what had happened towards the end, I'm sure they are inseparable.

"I've sat on this hill a hundred times, and all I used to see were lights that represented places where I wasn't wanted, where I never belonged. Now, I look east and know that one of those lights represents you, and I don't feel alone anymore."

We also manage to catch up with Noah, Echo and Beth. It seems like Noah and Echo facing a problem of their own. Will we get a novella on that? Ryan made a small appearance. Logan deserve to have his own story. There was a little teaser on upcoming West's story. Though I'm not that crazy over West here, I can't wait for Katie McGarry next book.

Rating 4/5