Crash

Crash

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by Nicole Williams
     
 

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Fickle. Explosive. A hazard to girls everywhere. Lucy Larson, meet Jude Ryder.

Being the new kid is the last thing Lucy wanted for her senior year, especially after her hot encounter with Southpointe's bad boy Jude Ryder has her labeled a slut on her first day. But her sights are set on becoming a ballerina, and she won't let anything get in her way.

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Fickle. Explosive. A hazard to girls everywhere. Lucy Larson, meet Jude Ryder.

Being the new kid is the last thing Lucy wanted for her senior year, especially after her hot encounter with Southpointe's bad boy Jude Ryder has her labeled a slut on her first day. But her sights are set on becoming a ballerina, and she won't let anything get in her way. Until she stumbles into Jude again.

Jude's got a rap sheet—an actual rap sheet—that runs longer than a senior thesis and moods that swing from delectable to dangerous. He's had his name sighed, shouted, and cursed by who knows how many girls. He's a cancer, the kind of guy who's fated to ruin the lives of girls like Lucy—and he tells her so. But as rumors run rampant and reputations are smeared in the mud, Lucy isn't listening to Jude's warning. Is tragedy waiting in the wings?

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Geri Diorio
Lucy Larson just moved to a new town right before the start of her senior year. Her father is out of work and clingy; her mother is overworked and distant; and Lucy just wants to graduate and get into a good dance school. Jude Ryder is the baddest of bad boys. He lives at the Last Chance Boy's Home, has an arrest record a mile long, is tortured and gorgeous, and he and Lucy spark immediately. The course of true love never does run smoothly, though, and Jude and Lucy fall for each other despite the blockades thrown up by classmates, wannabe boyfriends and girlfriends, parents, law enforcement officials, and violent thugs. Everything is heightened in this first novel, initially self published as an ebook—Lucy and Jude's attraction, the violence inflicted on and by Jude, the ultra steamy, nude love scenes that stop just short of intercourse. There are attempted rape, arson, drinking, drugs, and fist fights over Lucy; there is more melodrama than on a soap opera. Williams's plots speeds along, but her writing can be awkward as she attempts to convey the sweeping emotions in play; "...mom saw the bad in everything, the damn in life." The damn in life? Young romance fans may enjoy this archetypal story of a bad boy with eyes only for one girl, but there are better choices to recommend, including Downham's You Against Me (Random House, 2011/Voya October 2011), Sones's What My Mother Doesn't Know (Simon & Schuster, 2001/Voya October 2001), or Han's The Summer I Turned Pretty (Simon & Schuster, 2009/Voya August 2009). Reviewer: Geri Diorio
VOYA - Holly Storm
The reader becomes attached to Lucy and company only from a kind of literary Stockholm syndrome born from the first-person perspective. Despite their tragic histories, the characters themselves seem shallow and dramatized. The plot and diction are very predictable, and the constantly histrionic tone becomes tiring. Staunch fans of the teenage romance genre might find this book enjoyable, but only if they are willing to overlook major character and writing flaws. Reviewer: Holly Storm, Teen Reviewer

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062267146
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/18/2012
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
91,139
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

Meet the Author

Nicole Williams, author of Crash, Clash, Crush, The Eden Trilogy, and The Patrick Chronicles, is a wife, a mom, and a writer who believes in true love, kindred spirits, and happy endings. Nicole currently lives with her family in Spokane, Washington.

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