I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #3
Published by Harlequin Teen on November 26th 2013
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.
“You can ignore me, Rachel, and you can try to treat me as a friend, but none of that will erase the fact that I think about kissing you every second I’m awake and dream at night of my hands on your body. And it sure as hell won’t erase that I’m terrified by how much I like you.”
Isaiah, Isaiah, Isaiah… I fell for that guy throughout the first two books. He appeared to have the whole bad boy image going on pretty well, but we all figured out pretty soon that the guy had depth. In the beginning of the book he is still hurting from getting his heart broken. When he meets Rachel, a girl with a wild streak that has a bad case of anxiety disorder (with a very messed up family), its nice to see him change and discover his true feelings. Also, It certainly didn’t hurt that Rachel knew her cars, and the drag racing really took the book to a whole new level (and made it that much more exciting!). I mean, a girl who knows cars? AWESOME!
As I’ve come to expect of Katie McGarry all of the characters, as well as the secondary characters have great personality and depth. Crash Into You was no exception. Abby was probably my favourite, and Ethan and West intrigued me as well. Though the rest of Rachel’s family drove me mad most of the times. Of course, the end of the book said that the next instalment will be about West *Squeal* I’m just very very happy that there’ll be more books in the Pushing The Limits series, because, had I mentioned already that I adore this series?
I think that out of all the books, Crash Into You ended up as my favourite book in this series. In my opinion it delivered the biggest emotional punch. It was intense and unpredictable, swoon worthy and heated (I mean, isn’t the quote enough proof enough?).
From the first page to the very last, Katie McGrarry managed to capture my attention and hold it all through the entire book. An engaging read, with great characters and a gripping storyline. Crash Into You was fast paced, romantic and left me emotionally crippled! I’ve grown to love Katie McGarry as an author in such a short span of time and I can’t wait to read West’s story in Take You On! May 2014 can’t come fast enough.
I do apologize, because this review probably doesn’t really make much sense, since my emotions are all over the place -and I continue to be in some serious need of more tissues because my eyes keep tearing up.
Dare You To by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #2
Published by Harlequin Teen on May 28th 2013
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....
“Game on, Skater Girl. Game On.”
After reading the first book, and obviously loving it, you can’t really get around reading Beth’s story. We didn’t really get to know Beth in Pushing The Limits, what we do know is that her mothers boyfriend beats her. Pushing The Limits had me crying… a lot.
The book starts with this scene… and the first thought I have was: wait! Where did Isaiah go? Somehow I’d been completely convinced that this story would be about Beth and Isaiah. I honestly thought they were perfect together, and even though I still think they would have been a good fit, I have to admit that Ryan and Beth were perfect for each other.
Ryan and Beth couldn’t be more different from each other. Where Ryan has lots of opportunities and dreams, Beth doesn’t have the luxury to dream. She’s weighted down by her past and her present, which has made her bitter and closed off. Ryan is career-driven, his family seemingly perfect, though in reality everything but.
Before you start reading the plot is transparent enough that you can predict the outcome. But really, that’s just not what’s important in this book. The journey that they both go through is. They challenge each other. Ryan pushes Beth to become the girl that he knows is hidden between all the layers of hurt. At some point in the story, I can’t even pinpoint exactly when, she slowly starts transitioning from the Beth we knew in Pushing The Limits and the girl we meet in the beginning of the book, to the girl that we depart with at the ending. The same goes for Ryan, though he doesn’t change as drastically as Beth, at the end of the book we depart with a guy that is no longer a pushover, he does no longer let his parents direct his life but makes his own decisions.
I liked both characters very much. It took a little while to warm up to Beth, mostly because she is very bitter, but you understand how she became that way. The same went for Ryan, though I have a very weak spot for Jocks with depth, the bet that he made with his friends revolving Beth was hurtful and kind of disgusting. Trust is something that doesn’t come easy to her because of all that she’s been through and the process of how she slowly starts trusting Ryan is beautiful.
When I think back to reading this book, there was one scene that stayed with me. I remember it so vividly and it stayed with me.
“I hold the bottle out into the rain and watch as the steady flow slowly fills it. When there is enough, enough that Beth can clearly see, I close the bottle and hand it to her.
She raises a skeptical eyebrow, but accepts the bottle.
“It’s our rain Beth.”
Her head barely shakes to show her confusion while I rub the back of my neck and search for my courage. “I told you I loved you in this rain and when you doubt my words, I want you to look at this bottle.”
This truly is another beautiful contemporary read that involved lots of tears. Just like the first book in this series it tackles quite some serious issues. Another great book by Katie Mcgarry. Next up: Crash Into You!
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on July 31st 2012
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with freaky scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.
But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.
Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.
“Fuck me and the rest of the world, I was in love.”
— Pushing the Limits, Katie McGarry
I have heard a lot about this book. Which is why I was a little hesitant towards reading it. I can honestly punch myself in the face for being hesitant to reading it. As the quote says, fuck me and the rest of the world, because I am in love with this book!
This story was real and confronting. The main characters, Echo and Noah, both have a past that have left them scared. Echo has survived a heart-breaking tragedy that left her suffering from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), through bits and pieces we find out what has happened to her. When her school counsellor provides her with a tutoring job she comes face to face with Noah -aka the bad boy, whom we like very much. His past is just as dark and troubled as hers, though we don’t know that until later in the book.
Katie McGarry uses alternating narration between the main characters. Which, in my opinion, works best for a book like this. It offers insight into both Echo and Noah. You can relate to both characters to the point that you understand their actions. Even if you don’t agree with their actions. Because you have insight into what they’re thinking you understand what moved them to make the decision.
The main characters, but the side characters as well all have depth and they all have their own story. Characters like Beth and Isaiah. Their story is the subplot, and not surprisingly they are the main characters in the sequel to Pushing the Limits.
The romance in this book was nothing but perfectly constructed. There was no insta-love. Echo and Noah’s relationship grows as they do throughout the story. It builds slowly, which makes it so realistic and believable. Even though the developing relationship is very present all through the story, it is the personal journeys of the main characters that matter the most. Their personal stories are part of what have them end up together. They are both physically and emotionally scared by life. Reading about how they slowly learnt to trust each other was super sweet.
“If you’re scared, tell me. If you need to cry and scream, then do it. And you sure as hell don’t walk away from us because you think it would be better for me. Here’s the reality, Echo: I want to be by your side. If you want to go to the mall stark naked so you can show the world your scars, then let me hold your hand. If you want to see your mom, then tell me that too. I may not always understand, but damn, baby, I’ll try.”
This book deals with quite some though subjects, that in some cases hit a little close to home for me. I can imagine that it is an emotional read for almost anybody, but even more so for me.
In the end this is a story about two people with a dark past that have to let their guards down in order to find their way back. A beautiful read, that I’d recommend to any fan of Simone Elkeles’ Perfect Chemistry series!