Crash into You [NOOK Book]

Overview

From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a romance forged in the fast lane

The girl with straight A's and the perfect life—that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy family…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 after the ...

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Overview

From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a romance forged in the fast lane

The girl with straight A's and the perfect life—that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy family…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 after the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.

The last thing Isaiah needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks. But when their shared love of street racing puts their lives in jeopardy, Isaiah and Rachel will have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/07/2013
From the outside, Rachel Young seems perfect, but she feels like a mess—prone to panic attacks and sure she’s a poor replacement for her older sister, who died of leukemia. Rachel tries to “feign sunshine and rainbows” so no one looks too closely, not even her twin brother. Isaiah is her total opposite, a poor kid from the foster care system who looks fiercely unapproachable: he’s all tattoos, piercings, and glares. When their shared loved of fast cars brings them together and puts them at risk, they find the one person who might understand their secrets and love them anyway. Rachel and Isaiah tell their story in alternating chapters, and while there’s plenty of family drama and car talk, what’s really effective is the sweet and sexy romance between them (the author’s fans will recognize some familiar faces, too). McGarry (Dare You To) loads the book with emotional and physical dangers, but her final plot twist veers into melodrama, distracting from the main story of two 17-year-olds trying to find a way to be together. Ages 14–up. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. (Dec.)
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"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

VOYA - Laura Perenic
Isaiah and Rachel's lives have never intersected. Their worlds are totally different. Yet, they both want the same things; things that they can find only in each other. Rich and protected, Rachel struggles to make her family proud, despite her poor health. Isaiah, a tormented product of the foster care system, is ready to be an adult. Narrated in alternating chapters by Rachel and Isaiah, the lovers' relationship is clearly visible and highlighted by the couple's strong understanding of each others' needs. Unique details of the story, such as the focus on cars and drag racing, will set Crash Into You apart from most of the romance cliches. While the story focuses on Rachel and Isaiah, numerous intriguing side characters provide added perspective into the protagonists' struggles. Readers who start reading McGarry's books with this title will easily catch on to plot references to previous books. Libraries will definitely need the other volumes of this romance. Some reservations for language and references to drug use and drinking should place this series solidly in junior high or high school libraries or public libraries serving those age groups. The fourth in a series, Crash Into You is preceded by two print novels and an ebook novella. Look for another installment due out May 2014, Take Me On. Reviewer: Laura Perenic
School Library Journal
12/01/2013
Gr 9 Up—Isaiah Walker, 17, lives with his foster brother, Noah. With their financial situation dicey, he decides to street race one night to make some money to cover their expenses. He ends up meeting Rachel Young, a girl from a wealthy family who is out looking for excitement. Rachel lives a lie. With her family she pretends to like shopping, know nothing about cars, and be able to speak in public on behalf of her older sister who died of leukemia. But Rachel keeps a big secret from everyone. The panic attacks that once put her in the hospital still occur. And with each speech, they get worse. The only time she feels like herself is behind the wheel of her car or secretly working under the hood. The night Isaiah and Rachel meet, their lives start spiraling out of control. A street thug thinks Rachel turned him into the police, so the two teens need to raise $5,000 in only a few weeks to appease him. They both need to step out of their comfort zones and work together to survive. Swearing, gambling, sex, drinking, and drugs are all referenced but mostly occur in the background or between scenes. McGarry's fans will recognize characters from her earlier books. Told from both Isaiah's and Rachel's points of view, the story is reminiscent of Simone Elkeles's "Perfect Chemistry" series (Walker). This is definitely a book for romance fans.—Natalie Struecker, Rock Island Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-01
McGarry continues her absorbing series about a group of street kids and their romances (Dare You To, 2013, etc.). Here, the romance follows tough-on-the-surface Isaiah and Rachel, a rich girl so shy panic attacks put her in the hospital. Despite her private school background, Rachel is every bit as addicted to cars as Isaiah, and they meet at an illegal street race. When the cops arrive, she and Isaiah flee together, sparking their unlikely romance. Rachel sees no problem in hoping for a romance with this tattooed foster-care refugee, only worrying that he's still in love with his former girlfriend, Beth, who left him in the previous book. Plenty of suspense arises from that first illegal drag race, when Eric, the hoodlum who runs the races, demands $5,000 from Isaiah and Rachel. The two decide to earn the money through legal drag races, but unlikely events continually thwart their progress. The author ties all of her books together by focusing on the same group of characters and introducing new romances. She displays a deft touch, devoting much space on the teens' feelings and physical encounters but balancing it with naturally arising tension and the difficulties each faces in his or her family situation. While this book's circumstances are not as realistic as in earlier offerings, McGarry's skill makes it all seem plausible. Although it's a bit overlong, McGarry's fans as well as those fond of realistic romances will greet it eagerly. (Fiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460322574
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 11/26/2013
  • Series: Pushing the Limits , #4
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 8,198
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 572 KB

Meet the Author

KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.

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ELEVEN YEARS, TWO MONTHS, SEVEN DAYS.

The last time I had physical contact with a blood relative.

The fingers of my left hand drum against the steering wheel and my right hand grips the stick shift. The urge to shift into First, slam the gas and hightail it out of the dismal gray parking lot pulses through my veins.

I force my stiff fingers to release the gear stick. Music could take the edge off, but the bass from the speakers vibrates in a way that could draw attention to my car hiding in the employee-only lot. From here, I can watch the visitors enter and exit the social services building.

Ninety minutes ago, my mother walked in. Now I need to see her walk out. With each intake of cold air, the itch to leave grows. So does the itch to meet her.

The heater died a half hour ago, and the engine stalled twice. A few more things to fix on the growing list. In need of a new resistor, the heater will be a cheap fix.

My cell rings. Without checking the caller ID, I know who it is, yet I answer anyway. "Yeah."

"I see you." Annoyance thickens my social worker's Southern accent. "She's waiting."

My eyes flicker to the corner windows close to her cubicle and six feet from my car. Courtney draws the shades and places a hand on her hip. Her ponytail swings from side to side like she's a pissed-off racehorse. Fresh out of college, she was assigned my case back in June. I guess her boss figured she couldn't jack me up more than I already am.

"I told you not to schedule a visitation." I stare at her as if we were in the same room. What I like about Courtney? She stares back. She's one of three people who have the guts to hold eye contact with an inked seventeen-year-old with a shaved head and earrings. The second one is my best friend. The third…well, the third was the girl I loved.

Courtney sighs and the ponytail stills. "It's Christmas Eve, Isaiah. She showed early and brought you presents. She's waited patiently for a thirty-minute visitation that should have ended forty minutes ago."

Waited. Patiently. My neck tightens and I roll it from side to side to keep from blowing steam at the wrong person.

"Ten years."

I throw those two words at her every time she mentions my mother. Courtney drops her chin to her throat. "Don't do this. She had her reasons, and she wants to talk to you."

I raise my voice and pound my hand against the steering wheel. "Ten years!"

"It could have been fifteen, but she was a model prisoner," she says, as if that was a concession on Mom's part. "She wrote you once a week."

I glare at Courtney through the windshield. "Then be her social worker if you're up her damn ass so much. She's been out for over a year and she's just now coming to visit."

"Isaiah," she says with defeat. "Come in. Give her a chance."

I place one foot on the clutch and the other on the gas. My engine roars with anger and the car's frame vibrates with the need to run. Third Street ends at the social services building and my parking spot gives me a straight shot to the clear strip of road. Give Mom a chance? Why should I? When have I been given one?

"You have no idea what she did," I say.

"I do." Courtney softens her voice.

"I'm not talking about why she went to prison." I shake my head as if the action can dispel the memory playing in my mind. "You have no idea what she did to me."

"Yes, I do." A pause. "Come in. We can work this out."

No. It can never be worked out. "Did you know that the lights on Third Street are on a timer?" I ask her. "And that if you hit the sweet spot speed you can cruise the entire strip without hitting a red?"

Courtney bangs her fist against the glass. "Don't you dare!"

I rev the engine again. "Ever hit a quarter mile in ten seconds, Courtney?"

"Isaiah! You'd better—"

I hit End and toss the phone onto the passenger seat. Focusing on the red light, I shift into First as my foot hovers over the gas. Speed. It's what I crave. I can race the emotions away. The light turns, I release the clutch and my body slams into the seat as my foot crashes down on the gas. Is it possible to outrun memories?

WAITERS IN WHITE FRANTICALLY STEP out of my way as I race down the hall. The expensive art on the wall becomes a colored blur the faster I go. My breath comes out in a rush and my dress ruffles and crinkles against itself. I'm creating too much noise and garnering too much attention. None of that is good when I'm trying to make a quick getaway.

My heels dangle in my right hand and I lift the hem of my shimmering blue-gray ball gown with the other. Cinderella ran away because her coach was going to turn back into a pumpkin. I'm running away because I'd rather be knee-deep in axle grease.

Rounding another corner, I enter the desolate hallway near the country club's kitchen. The sound of the crowd laughing and the rhythmic beats of the jazz band become muffled the farther I run. A few more steps and I'll be home free in my sweet, sweet Mustang.

"Gotcha!" Fingers slide onto my arm and I experience whiplash. My hair stings my face as it flies forward, then back. One hand-curled spiral strand of blond bounces near my eye when it breaks loose from the jeweled clip holding the sides of my hair.

My twin brother turns me to face him. A hint of laughter plays on his lips. "Where are you going, sis?"

"Bathroom." To the parking lot and as far as possible from the ballroom.

Ethan points back toward the long hallway. "The girls' bathroom is that direction."

I lean into my brother. My eyes widen and I wonder if I look crazy, because I feel a little crazy. "Mom wants me to give a speech. A speech! I can't give a speech. I can't! Do you remember the last time Mom put me on display? Two years ago when she threw us that horrid 'surprise' fabulous fifteenth birthday party. I vomited. Everywhere."

"Yeah, I was there. It even grossed me out." His face twists in mock disgust. Ethan is laughing at me and I cannot be laughed at—at least not now.

I grab hold of his white button-down dress shirt and shake him. Or try to. The boy doesn't budge. "It took me months to find the nerve to talk at school again. Everyone there has long memories, Ethan, and they've just now forgotten. I would like to be kissed before I graduate from high school. Boys will not kiss girls who keep vomiting."

"Have you ever noticed you talk a lot when you're on the verge of a panic attack?" Ethan's kidding, but my panic is real. I'm close to an attack—very close. And if I don't get out of here soon, he'll discover my secret.

"Besides," he continues, "that was two years ago. So you hate public speaking. You'll sweat a lot, stutter a little and move on."

I swallow. If only that was my worst fear.

Ethan's my opposite. He resembles Dad with black hair and dark eyes, he's a good foot taller than me and he's brave. His eyes narrow and he tilts his head as the last word of my outburst registers. "You said vomit. Which means an actual panic attack. I thought you were over that."

My fingers curl tighter into the material of his shirt. I messed up. How could I make such a careless mistake? For two years I've kept this secret from my family: that I still suffer from panic attacks. That when I'm the center of attention or too anxious or stressed, I become paralyzed and lose the ability to breathe. Nausea will coil in my stomach, bile will rise in my throat and the pressure will continually build until I throw up.

Life has been hard on my parents and two oldest brothers. I made the decision after the horrendous birthday party that they would never have to worry about me—the child who won't die from her illness.

"I am over it," I say. "But I don't want to make a fool of myself. I…I…" Can't think of anything good enough to get myself out of this. "I forgot my speech and I left my notes at home and I'm going to sound like an idiot." Wow—fantastic save. "Look, I'm calling twin amnesty on this."

His eyes search my face, I'm sure assessing my level of near-crazy. Years ago, we agreed to cover each other ten times in a year, regardless of repercussions. Ethan burned through his amnesty cards weeks ago and knows I usually use mine for midnight drives so I can push the speedometer on my Mustang.

"You've got one amnesty card left this year," he says as a blatant reminder that in a few days, when the new year rushes in to greet us, we'll be starting with a clean slate and I'll be covering for him again.

"Are you sure this is the hand you want to play the card on?" he continues. "Do the speech and then I'll cover your ass when you sneak out to drive the Mustang later. Driving always makes you feel better, and this ride should be relatively guilt-free. It'll be your first legal midnight run."

My brother enjoys reminding me that my infatuation with driving late at night was illegal on my intermediate license. Ethan's right—I love to drive and I have a full license now. The only way I'll get caught for breaking curfew is if Ethan blows my cover or if I leave before the speech. Either one of those options will mean a grounding for life.

All of this should be taken into consideration, and I should be thinking it through logically, but I abandoned logic back in the ballroom. My pulse begins to throb in my ears. "Yes." Definitely. "Yes, I'm playing the card now."

He lets go of my arm and glances down to where my fingers are still clutching his shirt. "I didn't see you. Do you understand? You slipped out the entrance and we never talked. I'm not taking heat from Gavin for this, twin amnesty or not."

"Not taking heat for what?" Gavin's deep voice calls from down the hallway. My hope disintegrates and falls to the floor. Crap. I'm never getting out of here.

I force myself to release Ethan and fake the smile on my face even though my heart thuds against my rib cage. My brothers are used to my disposition, what Ethan annoyingly refers to as sunshine and rainbows. I'm so going to be sunshine and rainbows if it kills me. "Hi, Gavin. I saw you dancing with Jeannie Riley. She's nice."

Gavin's the oldest of my parents' brood of five children. We're a close family, even though a huge age gap extends between the siblings. Gavin was eight and Jack was seven when Ethan and I were born. Jack stands beside Gavin and they both fold their arms over their chests when they see me and Ethan. Guess this time I didn't feign sunshine and rainbows well enough.

"Mom's looking for you," says Jack. "It's time for your speech." Jack's quiet and that may be his longest monologue for the night. Which makes it rough for me to say no to him.

"Come on, Rach," Gavin says. "You're the one that approached Mom and Dad about speaking at this event. Not the other way around. You need to get over this fear of being in the spotlight. It's in your head. It was one thing when you were seven, but it's gotten old. You're a junior in high school, for God's sake."

Gavin's right. I offered to speak at the leukemia event. A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon Mom crying over a picture she'd found of her oldest daughter, Colleen, and I hated the pain in her eyes. I had overheard Mom mention a few days before to a friend that she'd always dreamed of me talking on Colleen's behalf. When her friend suggested Mom should ask me to participate at this fundraiser, Mom declined, telling her she'd never put me in a situation that made me uncomfortable.

Mom's been in hell for over twenty-one years and the sole reason for my birth was to make her feel better. She still cries, so I guess that means I haven't done a very good job.

My stomach cramps and my hands begin to sweat. It's coming—the attack. I try to remember what the therapist in middle school said about breathing, but I can't breathe when my lungs won't expand.

"I changed my mind," I whisper. "I can't do the speech." I need to get out of here fast or everyone will know that I've been lying. They'll know I still have the attacks.

"Are you really going to let us down?" asks Gavin.

The squeak of the back door announces the arrival of my last brother. In one easy stride, West lopes into our private circle. The two of us favor Mom with our blond hair and eyes so blue they almost appear purple. Along with his white tux shirt and undone bow tie, West wears a baseball cap backward. "Not sure what's going on, but you should leave my little sister alone."

"Get that hat off, West," says Gavin. "Mom told you she didn't want to see a thing on your head until tomorrow morning."

Gavin leads us. He always has. But just because the four of us have always followed doesn't mean we think Gavin's awesome. In fact, Ethan, West and I find Gavin annoying. Jack is Gavin's best friend.

West pulls the cap off his head and flashes the smile that says he's playing the field…again. "There was a girl and she likes hats."

I roll my eyes as my brothers chuckle. There's always a girl. Less than a year older than me and Ethan, West is our high school's version of the guys from an MTV reality series that sleep with a new girl each night. And lucky us, Ethan and I have front row seats to watch West's show. "You're a pig."

West waggles his eyebrows at me. "Oink."

Gavin points at West. "No hat." West shoves it in the back pocket of his dress pants.

Then Gavin turns on Ethan. "She's not getting out of this, so stop trying to snatch her keys."

My head jerks to the small matching purse attached to my wrist and I catch Ethan dropping his hand, my keys in his fist. Gavin motions with his fingers for Ethan to relinquish them. With a huff, Ethan tosses to my oldest brother my only chance at escape.

Gavin raises his arms at his sides as he nears us. It's a gesture that makes me feel part of this inclusive family, yet the action also makes Gavin, who is already massively built, larger. His frame so encompasses the small hallway that I draw my arms and legs into my body in order to give him more room. Each of us responds to Gavin in our own way, but I always withdraw because I am the youngest, the lowest and the weakest.

"This is important to Mom and Dad," says Gavin. "And if you don't get in there and say a few words, you're going to disappoint both of them. Think of how upset you'll be later tonight when the guilt eats at you."

A lump forms in my throat and my lungs tighten. Gavin's right. I hate disappointing Mom and Dad, and I don't handle guilt well. But at least if I choose to bolt, I won't run the risk of humiliating myself in public.

"Rach," Gavin pleads. "This is important to them."

"To us," adds Jack.

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  • Posted November 27, 2013

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Crash Into Y

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***




    Crash Into You by Katie McGarry:
    Book Three of the Pushing the Limits series
    Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
    Publication Date: November 26, 2013
    Rating: 3 stars
    Source: ARC sent by the publisher




    Summary (from Goodreads):




    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.




    What I Liked:




    This book was easily one of my most anticipated contemporary reads of 2013. Of course, Dare You To was as well, but both of these books are 2013 releases (craziness! Katie McGarry is a machine!). I knew that I just HAD to read Isaiah's story. Isaiah wasn't always someone that I liked, but after I read Dare You To, I definitely wanted to understand him better.




    This book does just that, and more. I love how well McGarry is able to flesh out her characters. Book after book, this is something at which she continually proves that she excels. And not only can she flesh them out, but she can expound upon their differences, their uniqueness, their personalities. You'd think that with writing each book in dual points-of-view, one girl, one guy, that the perspectives would grow tiresome and similar and repetitive and boring. 




    But no. McGarry has a way with keeping each individual character unique and him/herself. Noah, Echo, Beth, Ryan, Isaiah, Rachel... they are all very different. This isn't like those New Adult contemporary romance novels, where the heroes are all macho alpha males, and the heroines are "tough" girls who need a man. No. I love how original the characters of each book are, and different each story is.




    This story is VERY different from the other two. Isaiah and Rachel get into some scary business - they owe a guy a ton of cash in a short amount of time. And it isn't just about the money; it's about control, like a power struggle. People could get hurt, or worse, killed. And unfortunately for Isaiah, he's caught in the middle of it, without even meaning to be. 




    It's kind of all Rachel's fault. If she hadn't wanted to drag race (or whatever), none of this would have happened. But that's okay. I forgive her (ish), because this book wouldn't have happened without that mistake. But anyway, this book is all about Isaiah and Rachel, and their struggle to come up with the money, to protect themselves, to start a relationship, and to reconcile issues within their families.




    See how complex that is? So many things are happening in the book. It's more than just a love story. It's more than just Isaiah and Rachel. It's about Isaiah, getting in touch with his mother - the mother he absolutely loathes for leaving him. It's about Rachel, getting the help she needs, and standing up to HER mother (and entire family). It's about getting that money. It's about staying alive.




    I really like Isaiah. I feel like I understand him so much better, now that I've read things from his perspective. I kind of want to go back and read the entire series again, now that I have the knowledge of what happened with Beth/Ryan and Isaiah/Rachel.




    What I Did Not Like:




    I feel like there are a lot of little things that I didn't like, and I've already forgotten most of them, because they were minor things. But some of the big things were annoying.




    Like, for example, Rachel. I just did NOT like her. I couldn't connect with her at all. She thinks she's weak - she's got that right. Physically, mentally, emotionally... she's weak. She's definitely dense, as Isaiah once described her, and she's stupid, in my opinion. I get what McGarry was going for - the stereotype of a rich, ditsy girl - but Rachel is EXACTLY THAT. I tried and tried to get past that image, but that's all I could see. 




    Mistake after mistake, event after event, Rachel kept proving to me that she doesn't exactly use her reasoning skills, and she is not mentally strong enough to handle herself, let alone others. I mean, I get it, you don't want to upset your mother. But seriously?! You let yourself be pushed around for SO LONG, to live up to a dead girl? Screw that. NO ONE is worth pretending or losing myself. I would NEVER stoop that low, to make my mother happy. Sorry, Mommy, but you're never getting anything but the real me. 




    Okay, so I really just did NOT like Rachel. Weak. Stupid. Naive. Doesn't-deserve-Isaiah.




    And I felt like the romance was kind of off. Like, yes, this book is almost five hundred pages long, and somewhere in those five hundred pages, Rachel and Isaiah fall in love. But I feel like in the beginning, the romance is thrown at readers. It isn't progressive, in my opinion. It's not there, and then suddenly, it is. In the previous two books, the relationship takes time - probably about half the book or more. In this book, it seems like Rachel and Isaiah are all the other can think about, after seeing each other one time.




    I'm not okay with that. 




    It's not quite insta-love, but it's more like really rushed first stages of the relationship. We know they are going to end up together. Slow down and let us enjoy reading that. 




    I can't think of anything else. That must be it.




    Would I Recommend It:




    Despite not absolutely LOVING this book, I would still highly recommend it. So many other bloggers read and LOVED this book - there are so many five-star ratings and reviews out there, for this book. So, you should read this one, if you planned on it! Especially if you've read and enjoyed the first two books. 




    Rating:




    3 stars. I enjoyed this book, but it definitely isn't my favorite of the series. However, I will be reading Take Me On! I can't wait to get into West's head.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Cant wait

    This will be an epic book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Awsome

    This was a great book but you should read dare you to first to fully understand what's going on

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  • Posted November 10, 2013

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    Tense, Riveting, Young Love

    When you find love, it gives you the strength to be the best you can be. Two teens from totally opposite backgrounds find someone who accepts them for who they are, not what others perceive or need to see, but their own insecurities work against them as they struggle to drop the walls they have created and learn to trust in both themselves and each other, no matter the odds. Just when life finally seems to be going their way, one horrendous moment could take it all away.

    Crash Into You by Katie McGarry is so full of young emotion and angst that I couldn’t help but feel for the main characters, Isaiah and Rachel, each living in their own personal Hell, each a product of the world they were born into, yet each completing the other as no one has before. This is a touching love story told in amazing detail and with obvious care by this amazing author. I haven’t read the first books in this series, but never once did I feel I had missed something as each page unfolded and their stories were told. Ms. McGarry filled each scene in her world with rich detail and just enough tension that the story flowed through each twist and turn like the water in a river, sometimes smooth and gentle, sometimes tumultuous with a powerful force! Wonderfully outlined characters and dialogue held a feel of realism and true emotion!

    I received an ARC edition from Harlequin Teen in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted March 31, 2014

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    On the Edge of My Seat, in Tears, and in Love You¿d think that

    On the Edge of My Seat, in Tears, and in Love

    You’d think that using the same circle of friends for each book in the series, that the books would become somewhat formulaic by now. But Katie McGarry gives a completely different breath and personality to each character and story so that every book in the PUSHING THE LIMITS series is original, exciting, and special all on it’s own. 

    Isaiah has learned from a lifetime of hard experiences that people walk away from people like him. To love someone is to give them permission to hurt him. Above all, he’s learned exactly what it takes to survive. He knows what look will keep people at arm’s length and that it’s better for people to owe him favors than the other way around. He has no intention of being indebted to anyone. When he and Noah have no money for rent, Isaiah decides to take part in an illegal street race in order to earn the money he needs to keep himself from having to go back to his foster home. But what he doesn’t expect is an innocent, naïve girl like Rachel to show up at the street race. He doesn’t want to get involved, but he can’t stand by while she gets taken advantage of in a world she doesn’t understand. He sticks his neck out to help her and ends up indebted to the last person he’d ever want to owe. If Isaiah and Rachel don’t find a way to come up with the money, both their lives are at stake. 

    Rachel may seem like she’s got the perfect life, but inside her huge home lurks darkness and secrets galore. She’s spent her whole life learning to be the person everyone wants to see instead of the person she really is. Isaiah is the first person who seems to see the real her, but she’s terrified of the day he’ll see her as the weak person everyone else sees when they look at her. Isaiah knows he’s not good enough for Rachel and he doesn’t want to bring her down into his world only to lose one more person when she figures out she deserves better. 

    I alternated between being sure Isaiah could find a way to get them out of the trouble they were in and freaking out that Rachel would mess it up all over again. Everything seemed to be working against the two of them and there were numerous times my heart was racing knowing Isaiah couldn’t take another hard knock. CRASH INTO YOU had me on the edge of my seat, in tears, and in love. I loved every emotion Katie McGarry put me through and I can’t wait to go through it all over again in West’s story, TAKE ME ON. 

    **Complimentary copy provided by the author/publisher for an honest review.

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  • Posted February 23, 2014

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    I just love the Pushing The Limits companion novels. They're ful

    I just love the Pushing The Limits companion novels. They're full of intense romance, and they're just great! I am glad to say that I loved this one too! We all know the tattooed stoner who is best friends with Noah and Beth, but we don't know his complete story. Crash Into You is Isaiah's story, along with a new character named Rachel. Rachel Young comes from a rich family. She has four other brothers, and has always been obedient and quiet. She does good at home, and doesn't bother anyone around her. Rachel's only secret is her immense love for cars. One day, getting herself into drag racing, she meets Isaiah. That's how the story evolves. I definitely loved the contrast between the two characters, and how different they are from each other. Rachel is just so soft and delicate, while Isaiah is the tough guy with the tattoos and piercings. Before starting this book, I have read reviews where people say that they didn't like the plot. I guess that the car racing and getting in trouble with Eric felt like it dragged on for a while, but I was glad that I didn't actually get bothered by it. I also loved the roles Rachel's brothers played in the overall story. They really reminded me of how my relationship with my brother is. Speaking of Rachel, I really liked her too! She is such a strong character, and despite having to carry so much pressure on her shoulders, she still managed to make her way through it all. I was happy that we really got to know so much about Isaiah. I never liked him much in the first two books, but now, I really do like him. He's such a caring guy despite his appearance. Overall, Crash Into You was a great book. We were able to see great friendships develop, great characters, and a great romance story. Compared to the other two, I don't know how I would rate this one. I guess I just loved all three in their own ways. If you haven't started Pushing the Limits, I really do recommend it to every contemporary loving fan out there! Also, I cannot believe the next one is about one of Rachel's brothers! I am so happy, and I cannot wait to get my hands on it! So excited! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2014

    Great book

    From love to laughter could not put down. The strengh and will in both books. Great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    Best one yet!!!!

    While I loved Noah & Echo and Beth & Ryan's stories I think this has been my favorite yet!!!! Loved loved loved it!!!

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

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    Another Wow Book From Katie McGarry! As I expected, I absolutel

    Another Wow Book From Katie McGarry!

    As I expected, I absolutely adored this book! Katie McGarry did it again: she told a story that I got swept up in--a story that reminds me why I consider contemporary to be my favorite genre. 

    THE ROMANCE

    Not surprisingly, I loved the romance.

    I liked how Isaiah and Rachel didn't butt heads very often. They didn't take forever to realize their feelings for each other and they didn't spend a long time pushing each other away. They kind of . . . embraced their feelings early on and worked through complications together. The two did come across many knots in their relationship, but more times than not, they were willing to work together and stand up for one another because they cared for each other too much to throw things away when things got rough. It was a refreshing relationship. The two fell for each other fast, but within good reason. Isaiah and Rachel truly got to know each other before they admitted their feelings--they spent a lot of time together and it didn't feel like a rushed relationship.

    CONNECTIONS

    As always, I loved the connections in this book to the previous ones in the series. I really liked seeing familiar characters again, but I also loved meeting a whole new cast of characters that I know I'll meet again in McGarry's next novels. 

    CHARACTERS

    Isaiah: He was loyal and so willing to make sacrifices for the ones he loves (his family), and I thought he went really with Rachel. Even though he tried to push her away a few times, he was never successful because he never truly wanted to let her go. I loved how he accepted his feelings for here--it was like he wasn't able to let her go or make a big effort to push her away. He never seemed to . . . hide the way he felt, and that was such a nice thing to see in this book.

    Rachel: I loved her growth, her weakness, and her innocence. I loved how she never denied her feelings for Isaiah--she was always loyal. I loved how, with the help of Isaiah, she became a much more strong and confident girl than she thought she could ever be. Furthermore, I loved how she had a passion for cars--it made her different than the average innocent heroine that falls for the "bad" guy. The author did a great job with this character.

    Abby: She was so funny! She had a spunky attitude, but also a very vulnerable side. I would love to see her have her own book. It would be nice to more know more about her. 

    Logan: I didn't expect him to be in the book, but I did like his presence. 

    Rachel's brothers (primarily West and Ethan): I liked how protective they were--all they wanted was for their little sister to be safe. They came off a little too strong often, but through it all, I could tell they really loved Rachel and were being protective for what they felt were good reasons. 

    OVERALL

    McGarry doesn't disappoint: Crash Into You is another fantastic contemporary romance that left me craving more. I recommend this to all contemporary fans and anyone who can't resist some seriously good romance and a great set of characters.

    *I received an e-arc of this book through Edelweiss. Thank you, Harlequin!

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  • Posted February 5, 2014

    Rachel is expected to be perfect. She must give straight A's, dr

    Rachel is expected to be perfect. She must give straight A's, dress correctly and wear perfect clothes and never get into trouble. No one really knows what she feels underneath. Not her rich parents, her friends, or her brothers. She loves to work on cars and her passion is her Mustang GT. One night she decides to race it and ends up in a whole new world. A world she never expected. She has six weeks to figure things out as her life is in jeopardy along with Isaiah the boy she met the night of her street race. Isaiah and Rachel are worlds apart but are growing closer. Each has secrets to hide from the other but they are falling for each other. They may never get the chance to see if they have a future if all the people trying to keep them apart succeed.




    I have to say I love Rachel. A girl who would rather work on cars and race than anything else. Yeah we have that in common so much. It is nice to see a female character who steps out of the normal. She may seem like a goody goody bit there is so much more to her. She will dig down and work to figure things out. She isn't afraid to get dirty and she doesn't look down on people. She is brave but at times she holds a lot in. Isaiah is the tattooed bad boy who will steal your heart. He has his own secrets but he so much wants to stand on his own. He is very protective and at times very stubborn. While they don't look like they have much in common they are wonderful together.




    I really enjoyed the first book in this series. I haven't got to read the second one yet but plan to. I have to say out of the two I have read this is my favorite. I connected with the characters so much in this book. I really didn't want to put this down as I read it. From street racing, race tracks, the street and so much more there is always something going on and the story flows so well. I like Rachel when she finally opens up about what she feels and what she thinks. She may seem quiet but she finally finds her voice. It as also nice seeing Isaiah realize he cares for someone not like him. He has always had people look down on him but he in some ways did the same to people not in his lifestyle. He learns to look beneath the surface. Both of these characters along with the rest make you wish you could read their whole life story. I will say my heart stopped towards the end and I was worried. This is a fantastic book and I would recommend to anyone. If i had anything bad to say it would be that they like Fords lol. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    One of my top 5 fsv books now!!!!!!

    This book was awesome cant wait for the next one called take me on coming soon its wests story he falls in love with a girl called haley i read the sneak peak buyin the next book cant wait im so exited for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

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    One of my best discoveries in 2012 was Katie McGarry's 'Pushing

    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. **

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  • Posted January 19, 2014

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    I Also Recommend:

    Katie McGarry is one of the few authors that I've come to count

    Katie McGarry is one of the few authors that I've come to count on for a great story with well rounded characters and a well paced plot. This book was no exception. 




    I've seen a few other people mention that they couldn't really get into this book, while I had the opposite happen. The first couple of chapters I was trying to figure out how these two were going to actually be in the same worlds, but McGarry wove the tale masterfully.




    I was actually on the edge of my seat for most of the book trying to figure out how she was going to wrap up, what seemed to be a very dire situation for Rachel and Isaiah.




    The story revolves around Isaiah, one of McGarry's characters from her first book in the series, Pushing the Limits. And man, I have loved Isaiah, since the very first book. It broke my heart to see him hurt by Beth in the Dare You To. I was thrilled when he got his own book and his own happily ever after. Of course with tattooed, bad boy Isaiah, nothing comes easy. He's got a tough as nail image, with a soft and gooey center that most people don't get to see. He doesn't like owing people, and rarely sticks his neck out for anyone.




    Then there's Rachel, a beautiful, but awkward and socially panicked seventeen year old who in order to escape her privileged, yet severely dysfunctional family loves to take her Mustang out for long, speed filled drives along back country roads. I have to be honest, her family are a bunch of self centered, selfish a-holes. They use Rachel to make their Mother happy, so the rest of the family doesn't have to. Rachel is also the innocent, never been kissed type because her brothers scare away what interest anyone might ever have in here. The brothers are bullies not only to her would-be suitors, but to Rachel herself. 




    Rachel and Isaiah meet when she finds herself at a street race. Being the naive, rich girl, she has no idea what she's getting herself into. For some unknown reason, Isaiah feels sorry for this girl and sticks his neck out for her. The rest of the story weaves itself around what happens after that race. 




    The plot is fast paced and the world McGarry builds is dark and suspenseful. I liked how both Rachel and Isaiah realize not only what being in love is, but also what lengths true friends will go through for you. 




    I recommend this story, in fact I recommend this entire series. One of the things I love about these stories is that while there isn't an epilogue in her books, she weaves the futures of her characters in subsequent books. In this one, we learn a little more about what Noah and Echo are up to. It really solidifies the stories into a well rounded series. I see the next story is about West, one of Rachel's brothers, so I hope we'll get a glimpse of Rachel and Isaiah in that one too. I also hope Ally get's her own book, because she is all sorts of awesome!




    Can't wait to get my hands on the next one!

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  • Posted January 4, 2014

    Loved this book!

    I have read all of Katie's books, she developes her characters so well that you feel like you know them intimately. I couldn't put this book down and when I finished it I was sad it was over. I also love that the characters resurface in other books like old friends. The one negative thing I would say is that Katie can't write these books fast enough!! ;-)

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    Realistic, raw and harsh, the emotions pictured are far from sop

    Realistic, raw and harsh, the emotions pictured are far from soppy romance for teens.

    Adrenaline, troubled past, complicated families, errors, loyalty, love and friendship... Another beautiful story told by Katie McGarry!

    This author has a knack for creating engaging and surprising young characters despite their many flaws. With Katie McGarry, appearance means nothing. 

    Isaiah's scary! This is a tattooed bad boy who lives without hope of better days as his life is chaotic as hell. However under is apparence, he has more guts, honor and love than any rich prince charming. Somebody just need to tame this wild horse!

    Rachel is a pretty and delicate princess who can maintain this perfect illusion long enough to become a tomboy, who wants to ride at full speed out of her gilded cage. Her perfect life is suffocating. Slowly, the illusion is killing her. Fortunately, the bad boy knows how to look beyond appearances and appreciate what others have never seen.

    Those are the two main characters that are incredibly touching. But do not forget Eccho, Noah, Beth and Ryan who continues to make appearances. Not to mention Logan, Courtney and Abby who have also charmed me. 
    All have injuries but they manage to rush towards a better future through the unconditional support of a family they build with choosen friends.

    Beyond a heart-piercing love story told on a background of illegal car racing, this is mostly a beautiful story of unexpected encounters, choices that make you take a different path and the willingness to change to get by .

    Realistic, raw and harsh, the emotions pictured are far from soppy romance for teens.
    I highly recommend this author and this series!

    Lucie
    newbooksonmyselves.blogspot.fr

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Great!

    I read this one first without realizing two.other books came first and I still loved it! It is a great read as a stand alone bc katie mcgarry still does a great job of providing back ground to the new and existing characters!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    While I really enjoyed both "Pushing the Limits" and &

    While I really enjoyed both "Pushing the Limits" and "Dare You To" (I recommend both), I absolutely LOVED THIS BOOK.  I couldn't wait to read Isaiah's story after reading the first two books, and I probably had unrealistic expectations of how good it could be, but it lived up to every one of them!  After reading the the synopsis and  the sneak peek at the end of "Dare You To" I wasn't sure I would lime Rachel, but I fell in love with her too.  My heart. Broke for her and the circumstances surrounding her role within her family.  And after getting glimpses into Isaiah's life in the first two books, my heart also broke for him after learning the extent of his broken past. This book brought tears to my eyes at time, but I wouldn't change a thing.  This is absolutely wonderful and I definitely recommend it along with the first two books in the series!!  Easily put, this is just a GREAT read!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    High recommended

    If you read falling into you and you loved it then this book will give you the same feeling. I loved this book it was perfect and greatly written.

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  • Posted December 26, 2013

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    Another great book in the series!

    Another great book in the series!

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  • Posted December 21, 2013

    I was so leery of the characters when I started reading this. I

    I was so leery of the characters when I started reading this. I thought there was no way Isaiah would be over his last love and able to move on from Beth. I thought half the book was going to be about him missing Beth and me yelling at him to “get over her.” However, Katie McGarry can tell a story that immediately has me connected to the characters. She does not disappoint.
    Rachel is a new character we are introduced to. You immediately like her. She is quick on her feet, she does what she wants and she can handle herself without coming across as rude. I always loved Isaiah and was so glad that he got his story. The book had us “see” Isaiah.
    Two people who come from two completely separate homes; one wealthy, the other just trying to survive.
    I loved the action, the racing, the love, and the characters. This is just a great series and I recommend.
    A copy was provided by Harlequin TEEN via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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