Crash (Visions Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of four books from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy.

Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It?s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.

What she can?t handle is the recurring vision that haunts ...

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Overview


If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of four books from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy.

Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.

What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode...and nine body bags in the snow.

The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more she sees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.

In this riveting start to a gripping series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Jules Demarco never knows when or where the vision of the explosion will appear. She's seen it on billboards, windows, the TV at home, and anywhere there is a flat surface. The vision is always the same: a truck running into a building and exploding, then nine body bags laid out. She gets a glimpse of one face-Sawyer Angotti-son of a rival pizzeria-owning family and Jules's secret crush. Not sure what to do, she thinks the first thing is to warn Sawyer that his life is in danger. Too bad her family has forbidden her to talk to him. As the vision appears more frequently, Jules is certain she's supposed to figure out the when and where of the explosion and stop it from happening. In the process, her family believes that she's starting down the same slippery slope her father and grandfather have been on. The story is told from Jules's point of view, which gives readers access to her thought processes and the vision itself. It alternates between seriousness and humor as she describes life at school and working in the family's pizzeria. As with her "Wake" series (S & S), McMann has created a strong female character determined to do what she must. An excellent first book in a new series.—Natalie Struecker, Rock Island Public Library, IL
Publishers Weekly
A key role in running the family restaurant is a lot for any kid to handle; simultaneously protecting a gay brother and a mentally ill father is more than enough complication. High school sophomore Jules Demarco has it even worse: she’s also in love with “the enemy”—Sawyer Angotti, whose family runs a rival restaurant. She keeps her balance until billboards around town begin showing her a crashing truck and body bags. Only Jules sees these harbingers of doom, and soon they’re everywhere, in steadily increasing detail—detail that shows that one of those body bags belongs to Sawyer. McMann’s (Wake) new series has a well- realized, amusing narrator and great realism in the details of restaurant management and family dysfunction. The questionable part is Jules’s visions; there’s no reason why this Romeo and Juliet romance needs precognition to work. So little rationale is given for them that it’s difficult to see how the device will plausibly support more books. However thin the pretext, though, Jules’s voice is quirky and fun—there’s plenty of reason to read on. Ages 14–up. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Sandra Eichelberger
Jules is in love with a boy she is forbidden to even talk to. Like the Capulets and the Montagues of Romeo and Juliet, Jules and Sawyer’s families have a long-standing feud. The two families run competing pizza restaurants and their hatred goes back a long time. Jules really has no friends other than her brother and sister. The three siblings spend virtually all their free time working for their parents. Jules’ nonexistent social life consists of delivering pizzas, waiting tables and preparing food, yet she yearns for Sawyer. Lately she is troubled by a vision of a crash and an explosion. The repeated image bombards her everywhere she goes and it is increasing in frequency. The most disturbing part of the image is of the body bags near the explosion site, one of them containing the body of Sawyer. How does she explain seeing visions of the future and sound sane? But how can she ignore the incessant images of impending doom? She must do something to save Sawyer and prevent a tragedy. McMann’s characters are richly drawn and the siblings are particularly interesting. Best friends, they tease and yet work together like a cohesive team. Humor is infused in the story to lighten the mood. Jules must drive a pizza truck with two giant meatballs on the roof—a source of ridicule from other students. There is warmth in the story’s relationships, as well as instances of harsh realities like hoarding and depression. McMann has a nice touch in this book of yearning, family feuds, paranormal visions and family bonds. Reviewer: Sandra Eichelberger; Ages 14 up.
Kirkus Reviews
Seeing is believing…unless you're the only one with the vision. McMann kicks off the first book in her new Visions series with a bang. On nearly every flat surface--billboards, televisions and road signs--Jules Demarco sees an out-of-control snowplow crash into a restaurant, causing an explosion and killing those inside. With a depressed grandfather who committed suicide and a moody, hoarder father, she's certain her Italian family will commit her if they find out about her visions. There's also their probable anger to contend with: The restaurant in Jules' vision is their rival pizza parlor, and one of the dead is Sawyer Angotti, her secret, lifelong crush and son of the adversarial restaurateur. As in the Wake trilogy, a strong female protagonist pairs with quick pacing, realistic dialogue and the right amount of romance to drive this suspenseful story. Using clues from her ever more frequent visions, social outcast Jules tries to figure out the exact time of the crash in an attempt to thwart it, risking her already shaky standing with Sawyer, her parents and her classmates. In the process of saving lives, she also discovers some dark family secrets. The teen's occasional lists of five items, such as "Five reasons why I, Jules Demarco, am shunned," keep the drama on the lighter side. McMann is on her way to becoming the next queen of supernatural thrillers. (Supernatural thriller. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442405929
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 1/8/2013
  • Series: Lisa McMann's Visions Series , #1
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 41,383
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Lisa McMann

Lisa McMann is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy, Cryer’s Cross, Dead to You, the Visions series, and the middle grade dystopian fantasy series The Unwanteds. She lives with her family in the Phoenix area. Read more about Lisa and find her blog through her website at LisaMcMann.com or, better yet, find her on Facebook (Facebook.com/McMannFan) or follow her on Twitter (@Lisa_McMann).
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One

My sophomore psych teacher, Mr. Polselli, says knowledge is crucial to understanding the workings of the human brain, but I swear to dog, I don’t want any more knowledge about this.

Every few days I see it. Sometimes it’s just a picture, like on that billboard we pass on the way to school. And other times it’s moving, like on a screen. A careening truck hits a building and explodes. Then nine body bags in the snow.

It’s like a movie trailer with no sound, no credits. And nobody sees it but me.

• • •

Some days after psych class I hang around by the door of Mr. Polselli’s room for a minute, thinking that if I have a mental illness, he’s the one who’ll be able to tell me. But every time I almost mention it, it sounds too weird to say. So, uh, Mr. Polselli, when other people see the “turn off your cell phones” screen in the movie theater, I see an extra five-second movie trailer. Er . . . and did I mention I see stills of it on the billboard by my house? You see Jose Cuervo, I see a truck hitting a building and everything exploding. Is that normal?

The first time was in the theater on the one holiday that our parents don’t make us work—Christmas Day. I poked my younger sister, Rowan. “Did you see that?”

She did this eyebrow thing that basically says she thinks I’m an idiot. “See what?”

“The explosion,” I said softly.

“You’re on drugs.” Rowan turned to our older brother, Trey, and said, “Jules is on drugs.”

Trey leaned over Rowan to look at me. “Don’t do drugs,” he said seriously. “Our family has enough problems.”

I rolled my eyes and sat back in my seat as the real movie trailers started. “No kidding,” I muttered. And I reasoned with myself. The day before I’d almost been robbed while doing a pizza delivery. Maybe I was still traumatized.

I just wanted to forget about it all.

But then on MLK Day this stupid vision thing decided to get personal.

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

    So I am a huge fan on Lisa McMann. Her writing is just plain awe

    So I am a huge fan on Lisa McMann. Her writing is just plain awesome. When I heard she had a new series coming out and I saw the cover I immediately pre-ordered the book. I have not read one written by her that I didn't like. Crash is now part of that group of books from her that I love. First of all the cover is awesome! Anyway, Jules is not your typical heroine in a story. She isn't popular in school or the beautiful cheerleader. She is her own person and I love it. She had these little sayings that she used a lot like "oh my dogs" which I really liked. She works in her families restaurant and is pretty close to her siblings. Her Dad has some issues. He is a hoarder and struggles with depression. Her grandfather had committed suicide. So she kind of has a lot to deal with just with all that. She has to drive a truck to school with giant meatballs on it, which was funny. 




    Jules also has an issue. She sees a vision of a car accident over and over again. She sees it on TV's, windows, computer screens, and advertising signs. Personally it would suck to not be able to watch TV or look at a computer screen without seeing a car crash into a building and then it explodes! The only good thing is I guess that she can slow the TV down and see more about the vision. She figures out where and when it will happen after many times of watching and deciphering. She also sees a face in one of the body bags and she knows who it is. She grapples with what to do. Does she try to stop it? Is she going crazy? Does she have more in common with her Dad then she thinks? How would she stop it? She risks a lot by telling the person in the body bag what is going on and what she has been seeing. That was such a brave thing to do. She put herself out there completely. She is such a strong person and she doesn't even know it. 




    I really enjoyed the other characters too. Trey was an awesome big brother! He was there for Jules the whole time and tried to help her. Here sister Rowan is awesome too. They are a pretty great family. Minus her Dad. He cares but, goes about it the wrong way. Then there's the rival family the Angotti's. They have a the rival restaurant in town. The two families don't get along at all. But, Jules is hopelessly in love with one of them. Sawyer Angotti. They used to be friends but, when their families found out it was quickly put to an end. They haven't been friends for a long time but, Jules is still in love with him. A lot of crazy stuff happens between them in this story. I didn't like him at first but, when we find out the reason their families aren't friends it all makes sense and I liked him more after that. So, will Jules risk her life to save the one she loves?? Will love conquer even a family feud? You will have to read people! 




    The ending I didn't see coming at all. I can not wait for the next book, which comes out later this year. Another great start to what promises to be a great series!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2013

    Originally posted at Nose in a Book. I'm probably not the right

    Originally posted at Nose in a Book.

    I'm probably not the right one to be writing this. Tina and I daily email each other discussing who loves Lisa McMann more. That being said, my local bookstore happened to get their shipment in early. Because of this and the fact I preordered the book, I got to pick my copy up on Friday and quickly devoured it. Actually the only thing I stopped for was having to drive home, eat dinner, and watch part of The Shining with my parents.

    Really, the book was that good. I couldn't put it down. Of course I quickly finished (I'm a fast reader, my friends complain about it) and then got upset because the next one isn't out yet. When I was reading McMann's Wake series, what I was thrilled about is I read the first two the weekend before the third one came out so I had no real waiting for the series. This is different, the second book doesn't come out until October. Although that's only 10 months. Not a year, I understand it could be worse.

    Crash is the story of Jules, snarky, sarcastic, bitter Jules who's voice often seems like my own. Jules does not have an easy life. First of all, she is a teenager who has to drive a truck with giant balls on the top of it. They're meatballs, but still, they are balls. Jules does appreciate the good puns that come out of having to drive the truck. Second, her father has...his problems. He is a hoarder. He's a neat hoarder, but he still hoards. McMann is not new to writing conditions such as hoarding, with a previous book of her featuring OCD. Jules' mother and father own the family business, an Italian eatery (hence the balls) and the hoarding effects the family business. Jules' however deals with it. She isn't on her own, she has a younger quirky sister and an awesome older brother. Her older brother by the way is gay. McMann inserts this so subtly into the story that, to be honest, I had to re-read that page because it was perfectly handled. It wasn't handled as a big way, which in my opinion, is how it should be handled. McMann even brought the Church into it at one point, again, handled perfectly.

    But still, Jules' goes on with her life. Her crush doesn't know he exists because they were once BFFs and then he stopped talking to her. Of course he comes from a rival pizza making family, they are serious arch rival enemies. At the end of the book when the whole horrid story finally comes out I gasped and then wanted to go in the book and hug the characters. What? That isn't normal?!

    Again though, she continues on with her life until she has vision. This vision of people dying, including her crush, Sawyer. This effects her in various ways. It of course freaks her out, understandably. It makes her closer to her older brother, who thinks she's a wee bit crazy, but is happy to help her and makes her on edge all the time because this vision keeps occurring. She can't stop it from occurring and when she finally tells Sawyer, "hey! I think you're going to die. Someday at some location" he of course thinks she's crazy, which is no surprise because she thinks she's crazy.

    McMann's writing continues to be strong and on point. From the first page to the last, where I am left wanting more McMann had me hooked in, holding the pages closer to my face, wanting more, but at the same time hoping it would never end. And then when the moment happened? Perfection.

    If you love and adore the Wake series I promise you this one will have you hooked, too.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Vision

    I really liked the plot and the characters were very realistic, but it repeated itself a lot and a lot of the dialog was childish or confusing. I really got tierd of reading "oh my dogs" over and over again.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2013

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    It's taken me a while to write this review because I'm kind of s

    It's taken me a while to write this review because I'm kind of short on words to describe the WHOA feeling this book gave me. This is a smart, funny, sexy suspense-thriller that kept me turning pages well past my bedtime. I know that sounds cliche, but it's true; I had 80 pages left and COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN until I finished. I loved Jules and her brother Trey and even the conflicted Sawyer, Jules's love interest. So much about Jules resonated with me, taking me back to my lovesick teen years. I totally get the angst of unrequited love so strong you need to act, no matter what the consequences, and that kept me turning page after page. But there's so much more to this book than just romance-family secrets and mental health issues, friendships gone bad-just the kind of real-life stuff every teen will relate to. And did I mention it's one hell of a page turner? This book had a satisfying ending with a good setup for the next book in the series, which I'm looking forward to spending a late evening with.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2014

    *****This review also appear on amoustachebookshelf.blogspot.ca*

    *****This review also appear on amoustachebookshelf.blogspot.ca*****

    Crash is the story about a sixteen year-old girl named Jules, also known as Julia, keep on having visions of a crash and nine body bags in the snow. Without being able to say how, she keep seeing it wherever she looks (on billboards, television screens, windows) and she is the only one to be aware of it. Jules lives with her family above their familial business. Julia is probably not the popular, beautiful and smart kind of girl but one thing is sure, she is in love with Swayer Angotti, the rival's son. Not the better thing she could do, but she can't help it. What if, after all the time she sees the crash, she finally notices the face in one of the body bags and it's no other than the boy she's been love with since a really long time... 

    How should I begin. What? Oh, did I liked it... YES! This book was relaxing and breathtaking at the same time! I am still trying to figure out how it is possible, but this book was really really really really (get my point?) good! Crash is pretty short but Lisa McMann really focused on the visions the main character was having till the end. You know when you are reading a book and friendship problems, relationship problems, school problems and I-don't-know-what problems get all mix up at a point you start depressing with the protagonist because of the amount of problems they have? Yeah, you know what I mean right? Well this story doesn't have that! It focus on her family life and the very few times she dares talk to Sawyer. That's another think I absolutely liked while reading the first book of the Visions series: family. We actually know about her family which seems to be nearly non-existent in many other stories.  

    During almost my whole reading, I hated Sawyer because of him being a complete jerk to her! He didn't believe her nor take the same risks as her! I know, I know. We know the reason at the end, but still! I think that's all I didn't liked in the story, I don't even think there's something I disliked in Crash now that I think about it. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 24, 2013

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    I've only read Cryer's Cross by McMann, but I have several of he

    I've only read Cryer's Cross by McMann, but I have several of her other books on my to read list. I really liked the sound of this one and was willing to try it. It wasn't all that I was hoping for.

    I liked Jules at first. She lives in a crazy family that owns a pizza shop. She's in love with the boy who's family own the rival pizza shop. There's a whole lot of background story there that involves stolen recipes, etc. So when the parents discover in junior high that Jules and Sawyer are friends, it's quickly squashed. It leaves Jules heartbroken and wondering how Sawyer could drop their friendship in the blink of an eye. She tries to convince herself that she doesn't care, but really she knows his every move. So when she begins to same the vision over and over, she couldn't possibly let him die.

    I was ok with the story up until Jules tries to save the day. The first thing she does is try to warn Sawyer and confess her undying love in the same moment. Granted she thinks she's a little on the crazy side and pays her little attention. Her next course of action is to analyze every little detail of the dream, which of course leads to analyzing every little detail around their restaurant. She chalks up her stalker tendencies to trying to save Sawyer. I just found it a little overkill.

    The story felt so young even though our characters are not. I felt like I was reading a middle grade fiction book with the way the character behaved and sometimes talked. It felt frightfully simple and I think so many details could have been fleshed out a little better. I also wondered why make Jules father a hoarder? I just complicated the story and added no real substance (although would make an interesting story all by itself).

    I did like the end and how the vision changed at Jules manipulated the chain of events. It was interesting to read about and I wish the author would have devoted a little bit more time to. I'm not sure on the next one, I have it for review though.. The end had a sort of cliffhanger to it. But, I felt it was way to convenient to keep the story going.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2013

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    I liked it

    I enjoyed this book. It was little like Romeo and Juliette of the pizza world. Two feuding families keeping their kids away for each other. Jules is having this vision of something bad happening to someone she loves and she must figure out what it means. Her relationship between her siblings were great. I can't wait to read the next book to see what happened at the end of this book.
    The only thing that really bothered me in this book, is her saying 'oh my dogs' a lot. Other than that, I think it was good and people would enjoy it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2013

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    As usual, McMann manages to create a book that, while not comple

    As usual, McMann manages to create a book that, while not completely memorable, sucks you in and drags you along for a ride.

    Short, sweet, and to the point: the book fits in well with the rest of McMann's discography. I loved it while I was reading it and was unable to put it down, but it's not a book I'm going to come back to for a reread.

    And you know what? That's okay. Because the suspense, which is the best part of the book, would be ruined by me knowing what already happened. And boy, does this book have suspense.

    I liked the characters well enough, even though Jules' obsession with Sawyer made me groan about ninety percent of the time. (I got past it because the suspense kept me going, but really? You've been in love with him for how long? I know you're doing that thing teenage girls and guys do where they love from afar, but... oi vey!) And I liked the dichotomy of the old Italian rivals, because it was super over dramatic -- just like in real life.

    All in all, it was a really entertaining book; I'd definitely recommend picking it up if you need something to distract you and suck you in for a few hours.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Tori

    Is this apropriate for 4th graders?I am 9 years old.

    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    Darkness

    Dosnt cover haze.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    Marre

    Starts waking up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Amazing!

    This is a gripping novel filled with mystery, romance and action! Ready for bang!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Bord

    Iknow so much

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    Posted February 12, 2014

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    Add me

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    Posted February 16, 2014

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    I will have sex with any girl any time i will pee in ur vagina and u will love it i have a hairy dick if u want sex reply to zach hoffman

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    LOVED!!!!

    love

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  • Posted April 16, 2013

    Felt like it was for the age of a 12 year old

    Felt like it was for the age of a 12 year old

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  • Posted January 27, 2013

    Amazing first book!

    I really really liked this book 4.5 stars! I couldn't give it 5 stars only because I had an issue that I didn't enjoy about it. I didn't like where the author writes the "Five reason why Julia is...." it gets a little distracting and annoying. Once or twice would've been ok but they are several through the book.

    I loved how the author made the Demarco family united, lovely, and of course a little dysfunctional. The Demarco family running a family pizzeria with problems and rivalry with the Angotti family. It has a Capulet vs Montague kind of vibe that I really enjoyed (Romeo and Juliet is my favorite play ;D). The Demarco siblings, Trey, Jules and Rowan I liked a lot are. There is commitment and love between them, that they would do anything for each other and their family. The Angotti family though I did not like except their son Sawyer.

    This book is not just about someone having scary visions about something terrible, it's about a love for a family, a sacrifice for innocent people, nasty secrets and a love so deep that even though they can't be together (oh man and when you find out why they can't be together you are shocked, wow), they find a way.

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  • Posted January 27, 2013

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    Great start to what I think is good series

    Loved this book on pins an needles til October can't wait til bang comes out . This book was awesome as always Lisa McCann has out done herself

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  • Posted January 20, 2013

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    Crash is a book that I was VERY excited to get my hands on! When

    Crash is a book that I was VERY excited to get my hands on! When I got an ARC, I was super happy. Crash talks about a girl named Jules, who keeps on having this constant vision over and over again. Jules works at her family's pizza business. She lives above their restaurant with her family. I really liked how the family was involved in this book. In some books, they totally forget the family members!! Jules has an older brother, Trey, and a younger sister, Rowan. Her family has a rival, and that is Sawyer's family. Sawyer is the boy Jules is in love with, since she was in the second or third grade. Sawyer's family having a pizza restaurant, and bad history with Jules' family, they are not to talk to each other. Jules thinks as that of a huge bummer (her being in love with him and all). When Jules starts seeing these "visions" of a car crash over and over again, she goes crazy. She tries to avoid it, but every TV, window, etc, the crash is there. She ignores it, but when she see's one of the dead bodies, she makes it her mission to stop the crash.I really like it when books have a bit of paranormal, but the rest it totally contemporary. It makes it much more realistic. I loved Jules, she was funny, and sarcastic at some points. I was jealous of her relationship with her brother and sister, because they weren't just siblings, but friends. The romance isn't that much, but it was very cute. The book started getting very interesting when Jules started studying the vision, and trying to uncover information of the crash. It was amazing how much work she put into it, and how smart she was finding out. I don't want to write any spoilers, so that's where i'll stop into the details.Overall, I really enjoyed this book! The ending is a HUGE shocker, and I really can't wait to read the next book!! Lisa McMann did a great job with the writing, and the character were amazing to read about. Crash is definitely a fun read, so I really recommend it to everyone out there!

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