Review: Crash Into You – Katie McGarry

Review: Crash Into You – Katie McGarryCrash Into You by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #3
Published by Harlequin Teen
Published: November 26th 2013
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three-stars

he 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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Honestly, I’m not even sure where to start with this one. By far this was my least favorite of the “series”, but I didn’t hate it. Actually, I really enjoyed a good chunk of it (hence the 3 stars), but there was one part that I couldn’t get past and that was Rachel’s family. They were by far the most despicable family I have encountered in YA and I have come across some doozies. Seriously thank goodness for Rachel and Isaiah as they were the one part of the story that I really really loved.

Crash Into You is the story of Isaiah, a 17-year-old boy that has had a rough life. Living in foster care for 1 year Isaiah has learned to be tough and to count on no one but himself, Noah and previously Beth but even she isn’t there anymore. Trying to keep his secret of where he is living Isaiah decides to try a one-time street race with a guy from the neighborhood that is bad news.  Unfortunately what was supposed to be one night turns into something Isaiah never expected when he meets Rachel, a girl that is so completely out of his league and his opposite. As these two become more and more entwined Isaiah learns that he isn’t the only one keeping secrets. Rachel has some secrets of her own. Now they both have to figure out just how much they can trust one another and is their love worth it.

Seriously I loved Isaiah in this book. We met him in Pushing the Limit and got to know more of him in Dare to You, but he shined in Crash Into You. I don’t know if it was Rachel that brought it out of him now that Beth was no longer there to drag him down and break his heart, or if it was the fact that he was destined to be the main character. His background story was sold, he had that loveable bad boy thing going for him, and he is fiercely loyal. Basically, Isaiah was everything to this book. And truthfully Rachel was no slouch either. She brought something to the table. She was rich but she wasn’t spoiled and I liked that a lot. I also liked that she never once looked down on Isaiah or where he lived or his friends or his history. She saw what was in front of her. Basically, these two were magical on the pages. When they were alone or with Logan and Abby(wish the next book was about these two) the book was amazing.

What brought Crash Into You down was 100% Rachel’s family. I got more and more infuriated by her parents with every turn of the page. The whole family was really vile to me. They were selfish and self-centered and never once thought about Rachel as a person. She was there as a replacement, as the girl that made the mother happy so the rest of the family could live their lives, as the girl that got no say in what she wanted to do or how she felt. Her brothers were pathetic and her parents were the worst parents in the world. Straight up, I hated the whole family and have no desire to find out what happens to any of them. No thank you.

Basically, if I could have had a book that was filled with Rachel, Isaiah, Logan, and Abby with some cameos by Echo and Noah I would have had a winner. I loved seeing Isaiah and Rachel’s relationship deepen and their trust grows. I loved the friendships they formed and the growth of them as individuals. It was the family that brought it down, simple as that. I will probably skip the next book since it is Rachel’s brother, but I look forward to what McGarry has in store for us next.

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Review: Dare You To – Katie McGarry

Review: Dare You To – Katie McGarryDare You To by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #2
Published by Harlequin Teen
Published: May 28, 2013
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four-half-stars

Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."

"No." I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....

"I dare you..."

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....

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I heart Beth’s story! She was so lost and alone. Ryan was just what he needed. Although similar to McGarry’s first book, it also was a book all of its own too. Sure Beth and Ryan were opposites like Noah and Echo from Pushing the Limits, but there was something more believable about Ryan and Beth’s connection. As they say, opposites attract and Beth and Ryan were complete opposites.

Dare You To is the story of Beth, who we were first introduced to in Pushing the Limit. Beth has been relying on herself for a really long time and has grown used to it. With her mother being an alcoholic and her mom’s boyfriend being abusive and flat out creepy, Beth has only Isiah and Noah as a support system and the aunt that allows her to stay at her place. But when Beth’s mom is in trouble and Beth sticks up for her, her uncle steps in and makes a deal. Her mom can either go to jail or Beth can come and live with him. Not wanting to send her mom away Beth agrees to go with her uncle where she meets Ryan. Cocky, arrogant, adorable Ryan that never passes up a dare and loves to get under Beth’s skin. Stuck between two worlds Beth has to decide what is more important herself or what everyone else needs/wants from her.

Seriously I wanted to just hug Beth through almost all of this book. She was so lost and was constantly trying to do the right thing even if it was the wrong way. Her walls were so high and so reinforced it is near impossible to get through them and then Ryan comes in and Beth really doesn’t know what to do. She has never been treated the way that Ryan treats her and suddenly she doesn’t know what to feel. The poor thing was so torn on everything in her life. She really broke my heart. But I loved watching her blossom with her uncle and Ryan’s support and to see her finally see she can be more.

All in all, I really enjoyed McGarry’s second book and I loved how she weaved the two stories together without confusing the reader if they happened to read this one first. I look forward to McGarry’s next book and definitely recommend both Pushing the Limit and Dare to You.

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