Series: Pushing the Limits #3
Published by Harlequin Teen on November 26, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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.
It should come as a surprise to literally no one that Crash Into You by Katie McGarry is getting another huge round of applause from me. Just like in Pushing the Limits, Dare You To, and Nowhere But Here, I just found too much to love with this story. And Crash Into You has, by far, become my favorite.
I always had a bit of a soft spot for Isaiah in the Pushing the Limits series, but I didn’t realize how much I truly cared for his character until he was given his own story in Crash Into You. There are so many more layers to him that are never revealed in the previous novels, and it was just so much fun learning all of his secrets. Isaiah truly is a complicated character, and his flaws mixed with Rachel’s are simply divine.
Speaking of Rachel, can we talk about how awesome she kind of is? When she was first introduced in Crash Into You, I totally expected to hate her. She seemed kind of like the weak princess that I was going to roll my eyes at the entire novel. But it became obvious that Rachel was, and is, so much more than a blonde girl who got an expensive car from Daddy. She’s intelligent and resourceful, willful to the very end, and so determined in everything that she does. Rachel isn’t your typical heroine, but she’s the kind of heroine that every contemporary YA novel needs: strong in the sense of having weak moments but pushing forward anyway, despite her situation.
And yes, one of the main draws to Crash Into You is the romance between Isaiah and Rachel, just like the other novels in the Pushing the Limits series. But a huge plot point that sets Crash Into You apart from its predecessors is the car racing. I found this to be a really interesting world for the novel to revolve around, much more interesting than a simple high school. It added a slight hint of danger and badass to the novel that really wasn’t there in Pushing the Limits or Dare You To. Plus, it really gave Rachel and Isaiah a lot of room to grow and mature in ways that other settings and situations might have inhibited.
And if you’re worried about your favorite characters from the previous Pushing the Limits novels not showing up, fear not. The whole gang makes an appearance, as well as some new faces that I guarantee you’ll learn to love. And the ending had my heart racing like no other as I was reading, and I wish I could discuss it but SO MANY SPOILERS!!
Basically, Crash Into You is the perfect continuation of the Pushing the Limits series, and I guarantee you’ll see Isaiah in a new light by the time you’ve finished.