Crash into You

Crash into You

by Katie McGarry


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373211173
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 10/28/2014
Series: Pushing the Limits Series , #4
Edition description: Original
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 211,870
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 11 Years

About 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,, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.

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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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Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***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.
UrbanGirlReview More than 1 year ago
Welcome to I love Rachael and Isaiah Fan Club. It's funny with how much I hated Dare You To, that I one: even read the sequel and two: loved it so much that it's one of my new favorite books.  Who would've figured? I absolutely hated Beth, she was immature, selfish, and ungrateful in Dare You To.  But, I liked Rachael from the start, she was the complete opposite of Beth.  Rachael grew from this timid fraidy cat to a independent, sure of herself, girl.  Rachael for me was more genuine and whined a whole lot less then Beth.  Unlike Beth, Rachael takes what has happen to her and deals with it and makes it better for herself.   The swearing is filtered better in Crash Into You, then in Dare You To.  But, it helps that Beth isn't in Crash Into You to swear every other sentence.  The author is extremely skilled at creating vivid, realistic characters.  3D characters.  Otherwise, I wouldn't have had such a strong reaction to Beth and such a different, yet equally strong emotion for Rachael and Isaiah.   When Isaiah found out about his father's family, I wish he would have done more with the knowledge.  Even just a tidbit at the end of the book. The ending of Crash Into You was shocking, I was not expecting that.  But, thankfully it was still a happy ending.  The swoon moments in Crash Into You were amazing.  My heart beat just a little bit faster.  I loved the scene were Isaiah had Rachael shift his gears for him in his Mustang, so cute and tender. Isaiah and Rachael were perfect for each other.  Ya, I know they were written for each other, but sometimes even when characters are written for each other they don't fit well together.  They don't have the "spark."  Isaiah and Rachael have the "spark," and then some.    I will not be forgetting Crash Into You any time soon.  It sticks in the mind like a catchy tune, it just doesn't go away. For those of you that didn't like Dare You To, I'd give Crash Into You a try.  You might be surprised.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book but you should read dare you to first to fully understand what's going on
JessicaMariex19 More than 1 year ago
When I read the description for this book on Goodreads, I was really excited that Isaiah was going to be one of the main characters! I really liked his side character in both previous novels and was hoping to get the chance to learn more about his background and such, and I am so glad I was finally able too! Meeting Rachel, I was greeted with a bit of mystery regarding her family and sickness. That mystery played a big roll in this story, and I truly enjoyed the suspense that Katie McGarry always seems to perfectly add to her novels. She truly is a master at story-telling! The one this I will say about the two main characters, is their relationship felt a little insta-love. The both previous books, Isaiah had claimed his love for a hometown girl that we all know. Sweet Beth ;). And then all of a sudden he has feelings that he has never felt for another girl and it’s only chapter three. That did kind of bug me, but in the end, I did think they were pretty cute together. I loved Rachel, she was sweet and a little badass. I love a girl MC who knows a hell of a lot about cars. It was awesome, and hot. And Isaiah, my love for him grew immensely in this novel, as I got to see a new side of him. That to be honest has got to be my favourite part about this amazing series. Overtime we see a sneak peek of a character with potential, the next book is all about them. It lets us readers truly get an understanding of everyone involved in the Pushing the Limits world. I absolutely love this series and I can’t wait to continue on!
FifiGabby More than 1 year ago
Best book ever. They capture you in and you never want to stop reading. this book is so relatable for teens and is a great read. I love all of the books and have fallen in love with them. Katie McGarry is probably the best teen writer to be known for her great detail and how she connects us to her book characters. I Love her and her books. I am not going back to those other books since they don't compare to hers. Everybody should go and buy each one of them since you will want to read them all. This book Crash into You was the best because it shows how two different people can find their way to each other and they go against their family and show people their feelings for each other. Its shows the true meaning of love and courage and bravery.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pushing the limits is my favorite but this one is my second out of the series ?
jwitt33 More than 1 year ago
Awesome YA romantic fiction!! My Opinion: I received a copy of this book free of charge through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I read the first two books in this series and loved the character of Isaiah, and couldn't wait for him to get his own story, so you can imagine how excited I was to find out that he was the main male character in Crash Into You! He is totally my kind of guy in the real world: tattoos, bad boy, misunderstood - you know the type. I couldn't imagine anyone being good enough for him (yes, I get freakishly attached to and protective of the characters that I love!), but lo and behold, along comes Rachel Young, and I was sold. She isn't your stereotypical poor little rich girl from the right side of the tracks - she loves cars and decides to live dangerously and try her hand at street racing. Things don't go quite according to plan, and she ends up running with the help of a very attractive, dangerous, tattooed racer by the name of Isaiah Walker. They don't know if they care very much for each other at first but they're forced to work together to solve a problem, and if their chemistry has anything to say about it, it's just a matter of time before they can't fight it anymore and they get together. I really liked the characters in this installment of Katie McGarry's very popular series Pushing the Limits. I already loved Isaiah and came to love Rachel's feisty self as well. The pacing of the story was perfection as usual and I loved watching the characters change and grow as the story went along. I recommend this book to all lovers of YA and new adult contemporary romantic fiction and give it a very happy 5 stars :D
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Readergirl_Revus More than 1 year ago
Katie McGarry's books have been some of my favorites for contemporary young adult.  Isaiah is introduced early in one of the other books, plays a more prominent role in the last book, as he's in love with that heroine, and now he's finally getting his own book in Crash Into Me.  It was definitely worth the wait for me. Although Isaiah was a very small secondary character in the prior books, I've always had a soft spot for him in my heart, especially in the last book since he loved Beth but couldn't have her.  She's now lost to him, just when he meets Rachel. A lot of what I loved about this book, however, was just the opportunity to get to know more about Isaiah and his background, some of the struggles he's had to endure, and what he's come from. I really wasn't sure if I was going to like Rachel, only because I thought she would be the cliche spoiled rich girl, but she turned out to be anything but.  These two bond over their mutual love of street racing, and the necessity of having to work together to come up with $5000 to save Rachel from some pretty nasty street characters. The book worked me as the story was interesting, the characters were loveable and pulled at my heart, and the pacing was great.  The writing itself is touching, and reminded me often of why I love Katie's books, as she is able to make my emotions run haywire over her characters.  Another great contemporary from this author.
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
* This review is spoiler-free for Crash Into You, but may contain mild spoilers for Pushing the Limits and Dare You To. * I’m a huge fan of the Pushing the Limits series. I’ve really enjoyed every book thus far. I’d have to say Dare You To is still my favorite of the three so far, but I liked them all so that’s a plus. For someone who doesn’t like series, such as myself, I’ve been surprised by my enjoyment over this series. I first started this book immediately prior to its release, reading an ARC I was provided. But at the time life got in the way (I was battling health issues that made it almost impossible to read) and I was unable to continue on. Then as time went by, I got behind on other review books and simply pushed this one to the side. For some reason it just popped into my head the other day and I felt it was the right time to get back into it. I purchased the audio and went from there. “Noah and I—we’re brothers despite not sharing blood, and Echo became my sister the day she put a smile on his face. They’re my family and I’m going to fight to keep what’s mine.” I first fell in love with Isaiah in Pushing the Limits. He was so unique. Such a tough character that was dealt a horrible hand in life, yet a character that had a wonderful heart and deserved a happy ending. Loyal to his best friends to no end. In Dare You To I was hoping and praying that he would find his happy ending with Beth. But, yeah… that didn’t happen. So with Crash Into You I just knew that Isaiah would FINALLY get his story heard. I immediately liked Rachel and felt for her as well. With a gazillion overprotective brothers breathing down her neck constantly, Rachel had difficulty being herself. She was having an issue with panic attacks as a child, and was forced to keep them a secret from her family so they wouldn’t get upset with her. The only person who knew she was still struggling with these inner demons was her twin brother, who covered for her when she covered for him. Rachel’s only outlet from her anxiety was her love of cars. She knew more than most guys about cars. They were her passion. The two meet up randomly and quickly become inseparable. Both struggling with home life, though complete opposites, these two bond over their tragic lives and learn a lot from each other. I’m always for a self-growth story, and this had a lot of that included. Fighting your inner demons and being a better person, something we all deal with at one point or another in our lives. “I can’t give you the world, Rachel, but I’ll give you all I got.” I do have to say parts of this story dragged for me. I was a bit bored in the middle and had trouble staying focused on the audiobook. But aside from that, the beginning and ending were fast and enjoyable, and I overall really enjoyed this one. Just felt it was maybe a little long and parts that didn’t really seem necessary could have been cut out. Overall, another great book in the Pushing the Limits series. Time to get my hands on a copy of Take Me On and get to know more about West. I’m not a huge fan of his right now, but I have a feeling that will quickly change when I read Take Me On. ;) Audiobook Impressions: I always prefer having two narrators when there are two points of view in a book. Especially when one is male and one is female. So having two this time was definitely an added plus. Both narrators were new to me, and both did a great job. I wasn’t quite sure I liked Vikas Adam as Isaiah at first. He just didn’t have the sound I had associated with Isaiah all of this time. But he grew on me, and by about halfway through the book I accepted his voice. Alicia Harding as Rachel was pretty spot-on for me. She portrayed her naivety and insecurities perfectly. A great pair for this book. (Thanks to Harlequin Teen for the review copy!)
Nova_Blogder More than 1 year ago
I was really looking forward to this book. In the year alone, I've become quite a Katie McGarry fangirl. Plus, she's a CRAAZY writer. When did her last book come out? March? That isn't even a year! AMAZING.But it's not just her speed that makes me admire her; it's her ability to write gritty, deep, developed stories about love between screwed up teenagers. And I just think that's so easy to connect to, even though I'm not quite at that age yet. Instead of a mature romance like with Noah and Echo or Beth and Ryan, I got Instalove. Instalove in it's most painful form. Isaiah and Rachel meet in illegal street racing and he thinks she's hot. She thinks he's pretty hot too. The same night they met ends with him thinking "damn, I like her" even though he's never let anyone in before (well, not counting Beth). They also make out for an "appearance" to the cops, but it's obvious that there's way more than just appearances. McGarry writes her books in alternating POVs with the two main characters. It's normal to think "why does this guy even like me?" and have a pity fest, but Rachel's incessant put downs made me want to hug her; that or slap her. I'm not sure if I like the alternating POV thing. Isaiah was pretty chill about his relationship with Rachel whereas Rachel was constantly overthinking it. She was all "why does he like me? I'm not strong!" over and over again. I'm not saying that it was annoying; it was her character. I'm saying, it's such a different perspective between the two that I think it's kind of awkward or weird. Let's take a moment to discuss Rachel. Rachel is a rich girl trying to please her Mom, after her big sister died. I know this story and weirdly, it's a lot like my MS even though I wrote it before Crash Into You came out. Because of that, I can sympathize with Rachel a lot. I didn't find her annoying, even though there were moments that I wanted to slap her. Her confidence level was so low and she kept beating herself up over the smallest things. She got everything in the world from her status -everything except what she wanted. Her parents are trying to change her to her sister who is dead. Rachel also has panic attacks and what I think is a form of SAD. From all her problems, it makes her a very sympathetic character that I connected eerily well with. From all the crap that she went through, I was like "You deserve someone like Isaiah." I couldn't get over how fake Rachel and Isaiah's relationship started though. Sure, it's progression was solid and more of what McGarry does. It went from "lust" to somewhere deep and true. But I wonder if Isaiah wasn't attracted to Rachel; what would've happened? Would there even have been a story? The thing that turned the whole story around for me was the strength that came with the progression of the novel. This is a mix of McGarry's writing and Rachel's character. Isaiah is Rachel's anchor, but ultimately, Rachel had to make her own decisions and when she finally did, I realized how worth it, it was to read this. That moment alone where Rachel finally said something was documented for what it was. It wasn't rushed or dragged out and had the perfect effect that McGarry's writing always gives. If you want something a bit different from Pushing the Limits or Dare You To, try Crash Into You. It's a bit different, but it doesn't mean that it isn't worth it because it is. And I think that in reading this, my esteem changed somehow.
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knoxdiver More than 1 year ago
Crash Into You is the third book in the Pushing the Limits companion series, and this time, it's Isaiah's story. I read all three books back-to-back so it was wonderful staying in the story and just jumping from one couple to the next. It helped me to see the characters from so many perspectives. In Pushing the Limits Isaiah is Noah's bro, Echo's surprising source of comfort, and Beth's secret admirer. In Dare You To, it's obvious he yearns to be Echo's savior, but he can't give her everything she needs and she can't give him that either, which is really heartbreaking. Now, being in Isaiah's head in Crash Into You, we see just how much Beth's choice affected Isaiah and how he moves on from there. Isaiah is not really the bad boy you want to think he is. Katie is really good at having the not-that-bad-boy-or-girl because Noah and Beth are totally the same. It's more like they are teens who had a crap-ton of bad circumstances in their lives that have knocked them down over and over again. In Isaiah's case, he doesn't know who his dad is, and he has serious Mommy Issues, although it's not immediately clear why that is. I think it would be so easy for Isaiah to allow himself to fall into the bad habits that surround him, but I really respect that Isaiah has a plan for his future, and he's really hard working for it. And the thing is, it's totally doable. I love that Katie doesn't push the typical college tract for Isaiah, whose talents lie in other places. Instead of having some crazy pipe dreams, Isaiah works for a realistic future doing what he loves. I also love how obvious it is that people respect Isaiah, something particularly noticeable during his interactions with Abby, Zach, and even Eric. I found Rachel fascinating. There's so much going on with her. She's the youngest of five no six no five children. She has four older brothers (well, one is a twin), and she's haunted by the ghost of her older sister&ndash;who died before Rachel and two of her brothers were even born. There are a lot of demons lurking in the Young's seemingly perfect family. Rachel is super insecure due to crippling panic that attacks when she is forced to speak in public, but she has to hide it from her family, who treat her with kid gloves. She's got this persona of being shy and weird at school, and, oh yeah, she feels like she's being forced to replace her sister, despite being her own person. It's cool to have a girl who's into a typical guy hobby. I think that adds so much depth to Rachel's character. Here's this amazing talent that proves she can be better than the boys, but she's forced to downplay it around her family, even though it's the one thing that could really heal her. CATCH 22! The minor characters in Crash Into You are just as amazing as those in the previous books. Katie does a wonderful job of balancing favorite familiar faces and some new ones as well. First, Logan. I read Dare You To, and all I could think of was &quot;PLEASE write Logan's story!&quot; (for the record, Katie's thinking about it! Also, I totally nominated Logan for the &quot;Secondary Character Most in Need of His Own Book in EpicReads' Book Shimmy Awards. Noms are open until Dec 1. GO VOTE) I adore Logan. Every time I see him, I want to know more about him. Noah and Echo make their reappearance as well. Like with Isaiah's very reasonable future goals, I love that Katie shows off life after The End. Their book may be over, but their lives aren't. They have Real Life to take care of. This shouldn't really be a surprise to readers who started with Pushing the Limits as Noah has already made some super adult decisions, but it's nice to see that Katie didn't just hand them the perfect life. The first of the newbies is Abby, the street rat/drug dealer who is just about the only person who doesn't ask anything from Isaiah, ever. More than anyone else, she understands the precarious nature of Isaiah's position. In Pushing the Limits it seemed that Isaiah, Beth, and Noah were an inseparable trio (and even Katie thought Beth &amp; Isaiah would end up together), with Isaiah and Beth especially connected with their similar pasts. But I love that Katie has pushed this story and really dug deep to find surprises and new information. Abby actually is kind of bad. I mean, she really does bad things. But once again, Katie found the good in her, or rather, she used Rachel to draw that out. VERY surprising bramance, and I loved it. West and Ethan are the most present of Rachel's brothers, and I have no doubt they'll be big in Take Me On (well, it's kinda West's book so....). There's not a lot to say about the Young boys, but I really enjoy their presence. There's a lot of high-speed action (see what I did there?!) in Crash Into You and a much more dramatic plot than before. I would never dismiss the hardships Noah, Echo, Beth, and Ryan faced in the first two books, but I do feel like Isaiah and Rachel have much more at stake for them. In the first two books, I had faith that things would work out because the characters just seemed to have the abilities and circumstances that made for Happily Ever After. Crash Into You, however, had me on the edge of my seat (well, my bed). I really didn't know things would work out, and that terrified me (because, guys. Guys. Stuff happens, and it's crazypants). I was so emotionally invested in Isaiah and Rachel's story that it felt like everything was happening to me, and I love that in a book. I love being so drawn into a story that I forget who I am a little bit. Katie is a master of that. If you're not into contemporaries, I can't guarantee that you'll love Crash Into You or the rest of the Pushing the Limits series, but I can tell you that they are darn well written and they're engrossing. Katie has created a world full of a full spectrum of amazing characters. I ran the full gamut of emotions while reading the series, and at the end, all I wanted was more. Thankfully, I won't have long to wait, and neither do you. West's story Take Me On is set for a May 2014 release.
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I couldn't put it down
LittlePiecesofImagination More than 1 year ago
Katie McGarry is one of the best at writing swoony, adorable, yet heart-wrenching and emotional contemporary books. I have enjoyed all that in Pushing the Limits and Dare You To. Now we have my favorite character Isaiah on his way towards happiness and I couldn&rsquo;t have been happier to crack his book open and devour every single word of it. Let&rsquo;s just say that it wasn&rsquo;t what I was expecting, but I thoroughly enjoyed what we got.  &quot;What people project to the world never shows what's lurking on the inside&rdquo; Isaiah. Swoon mode: activated. I always saw Isaiah and Beth together in Pushing the Limits, but with Dare You To, and Ryan and Beth&rsquo;s amazing connection, I was so ready for Isaiah to have someone who loves him through and through like he deserves to be loved. Adored the sizzling yet cute chemistry between Rachel and Isaiah. The smexy was really swoony :) I totally shed some tears here and there at the end.  I wish that Rachel wasn't that innocent, but it makes a good read what with Isaiah teaching her everything. The cars aspect was totally lovable and I loved how passionate both of these main leads were about them. I&rsquo;m so clueless about cars and technology myself, but Katie managed well with giving the reader the excitement and passion, but not being overbearing. I kind of ship Abby &amp; Ethan AND Abby &amp; Logan. WTH. I did not sign up for this confusion ;_________; And the weirdest part is that neither of these pairings are legit or will probably never get their own book *insert a sad face* As for dislikes, um. There were very few things that somewhat bothered be. Ok, here goes. I dislike Beth. I just can't with that girl. Yeah, I did like her in Dare You To with Ryan and from Ryan's POV especially, but I just don't.. like her at all in this one. She makes a few appearances and they were some of my least favorite scenes for sure. I get that she wants to fix this somewhat broken friendship with Isaiah, but she&rsquo;s just sooooo annoying from other POVs (other than Ryan&rsquo;s and her own). And she always, always brings excessive drama with her. I wish we had gotten more Echo and Noah moments, but there were still some and now we know that we have their new novel to look forward to in the winter. *tries to contain her grabby hands*  All in all, this was a great read, and being the only book I read in May? Wouldn't change a thing! Katie knows exactly how to create tension, but not so that it becomes ridiculous or unbelievable, no. She&rsquo;s a wonderful author who creates flawed characters that have heart-felt character growths. The dual POVs work well for her novels and I cannot wait to see how Wes (Rachel&rsquo;s brother) will redeem himself in Take Me On. I know you guys all love him, but I&rsquo;m a little scared at the moment. I&rsquo;m sure that Katie will manage to make me swoon, laugh and bring me on the verge of tears like with every single one of her novels. Definitely explore this series if you haven&rsquo;t yet!  Overall rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 
Andrea17 More than 1 year ago
Katie McGarry knows how to write the perfect romance story, I won't argue that. I fell in love with her writing after reading Dare You To and even more after Pushing the Limits - yes, I read them out of order. Sue me. I was particularly excited when I found out that we were going to get Isaiah's story. After getting his heart ripped out by Beth in Dare You To, I was craving for him to get his happily ever after. I found it to be particularity heartbreaking that Isaiah felt alone. Noah was in college, working, and spending time with Echo and Isaiah had pretty much cut off contact with Beth. The close knit group that we encountered in Pushing the Limits had slowly drifted apart as they began their own lives, leaving Isaiah at the starting line. Speaking of starting line, this is where Isaiah and Rachel meet. (See what I did there - the cleverness of me!) Rachel is struggling with living in the shadow of her sister Colleen, who died years earlier from cancer. She is the one her family looks to to keep their mother happy, the one who was born to replace the hole Colleen left in their family, and the one her father and four older brothers had a deep need to (over)protect. I will admit that while I love the story, it's not my favorite. It's not that there is anything wrong with the relationship between Rachel and Isaiah or the novel itself, I just didn't swoon as hard as I did with Noah and Echo or Beth and Ryan. Something was just . . . missing. The element of danger created more of a serious tone than its predecessors, but I wasn't too worried about Eric, our &quot;villain.&quot; He just didn't scare me like he was supposed to. Katie does an amazing job of having numerous characters in her novels and ensuring that each character has their own personality. None of the characters blend into one another and they all stand on their own two feet. Even when characters from past novels make an appearance, regardless of the size, they hold on to the personality that we feel in love with. Noah is still Noah, Echo is still Echo, Beth is still Beth. I love that we get to see more of past characters as they play more of a significant role in Isaiah's story and bring about some great development. The intricate weaving of these people into one another's lives is simply amazing. I love reading her novels and seeing friendships and relationships form from the smallest of things. I love watching minor characters from Dare You To become a major player in Crash Into You. I'm not going to name names, you'll just have to read it and find out!
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Loved it!