Reviews for Crash Into You

Booklist Reviews 2013 December #1
The first time Isaiah lays eyes on Rachel, she is climbing out of her white Mustang GT, ready to race. "Angel," he thinks, looking at her glowing blonde hair, fine features, and expensive clothes. But why would a girl like her be out in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by a rough, swindling crowd of guys? Isaiah wants to protect her, even though she is obviously out of his league. For her part, Rachel has stepped far from her comfort zone. The only girl in a family with four older boys, Rachel generally shies away from the world, suffering debilitating panic attacks. But she loves the dangerous thrill of racing her car, and this is the first time she has driven out to distant, dark roads just to get in a good race. It seems like a bad idea, but Isaiah has her back. Fans of the Romeo and Juliet style of romance, where the power of love overrides all obstacles, will love this entry into the Pushing the Limits series. In this fourth book, characters from earlier stories brush against the central drama, and although new readers might feel moments of confusion, the novel still stands alone. Highly recommended for readers who enjoy the books of Simone Elkeles and Abbi Glines. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring
Isaiah does not expect to fall for a rich girl with a secret, and Rachel does not expect her well-being to lay in the hands of a rough, tattooed foster kid who shares her need for speed. The hefty book drags on a little long, but overall it's a light, heartfelt story of young passion, learning to trust, and drag racing.

Kirkus Reviews 2013 October #1
McGarry continues her absorbing series about a group of street kids and their romances (Dare You To, 2013, etc.). Here, the romance follows tough-on-the-surface Isaiah and Rachel, a rich girl so shy panic attacks put her in the hospital. Despite her private school background, Rachel is every bit as addicted to cars as Isaiah, and they meet at an illegal street race. When the cops arrive, she and Isaiah flee together, sparking their unlikely romance. Rachel sees no problem in hoping for a romance with this tattooed foster-care refugee, only worrying that he's still in love with his former girlfriend, Beth, who left him in the previous book. Plenty of suspense arises from that first illegal drag race, when Eric, the hoodlum who runs the races, demands $5,000 from Isaiah and Rachel. The two decide to earn the money through legal drag races, but unlikely events continually thwart their progress. The author ties all of her books together by focusing on the same group of characters and introducing new romances. She displays a deft touch, devoting much space on the teens' feelings and physical encounters but balancing it with naturally arising tension and the difficulties each faces in his or her family situation. While this book's circumstances are not as realistic as in earlier offerings, McGarry's skill makes it all seem plausible. Although it's a bit overlong, McGarry's fans as well as those fond of realistic romances will greet it eagerly. (Fiction. 12 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2013 October #1

From the outside, Rachel Young seems perfect, but she feels like a mess--prone to panic attacks and sure she's a poor replacement for her older sister, who died of leukemia. Rachel tries to "feign sunshine and rainbows" so no one looks too closely, not even her twin brother. Isaiah is her total opposite, a poor kid from the foster care system who looks fiercely unapproachable: he's all tattoos, piercings, and glares. When their shared loved of fast cars brings them together and puts them at risk, they find the one person who might understand their secrets and love them anyway. Rachel and Isaiah tell their story in alternating chapters, and while there's plenty of family drama and car talk, what's really effective is the sweet and sexy romance between them (the author's fans will recognize some familiar faces, too). McGarry (Dare You To) loads the book with emotional and physical dangers, but her final plot twist veers into melodrama, distracting from the main story of two 17-year-olds trying to find a way to be together. Ages 14-up. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. (Dec.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2013 December

Gr 9 Up--Isaiah Walker, 17, lives with his foster brother, Noah. With their financial situation dicey, he decides to street race one night to make some money to cover their expenses. He ends up meeting Rachel Young, a girl from a wealthy family who is out looking for excitement. Rachel lives a lie. With her family she pretends to like shopping, know nothing about cars, and be able to speak in public on behalf of her older sister who died of leukemia. But Rachel keeps a big secret from everyone. The panic attacks that once put her in the hospital still occur. And with each speech, they get worse. The only time she feels like herself is behind the wheel of her car or secretly working under the hood. The night Isaiah and Rachel meet, their lives start spiraling out of control. A street thug thinks Rachel turned him into the police, so the two teens need to raise $5,000 in only a few weeks to appease him. They both need to step out of their comfort zones and work together to survive. Swearing, gambling, sex, drinking, and drugs are all referenced but mostly occur in the background or between scenes. McGarry's fans will recognize characters from her earlier books. Told from both Isaiah's and Rachel's points of view, the story is reminiscent of Simone Elkeles's "Perfect Chemistry" series (Walker). This is definitely a book for romance fans.--Natalie Struecker, Rock Island Public Library, IL

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VOYA Reviews 2013 December
Isaiah and Rachel's lives have never intersected. Their worlds are totally different. Yet, they both want the same things; things that they can find only in each other. Rich and protected, Rachel struggles to make her family proud, despite her poor health. Isaiah, a tormented product of the foster care system, is ready to be an adult. Narrated in alternating chapters by Rachel and Isaiah, the lovers' relationship is clearly visible and highlighted by the couple's strong understanding of each others' needs. Unique details of the story, such as the focus on cars and drag racing, will set Crash into You apart from most of the romance clichés While the story focuses on Rachel and Isaiah, numerous intriguing side characters provide added perspective into the protagonists' struggles. Readers who start reading McGarry's books with this title will easily catch on to plot references to previous books. Libraries will definitely need the other volumes of this romance. Some reservations for language and references to drug use and drinking should place this series solidly in junior high or high school libraries or public libraries serving those age groups. The fourth in a series, Crash into You is preceded by two print novels and an ebook novella. Look for another installment due out May 2014, Take Me On.--Laura Perenic 4Q 4P J S Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.