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.
Design – ?
I’m not usually a fan of covers that show exactly what the characters look like, but I do really like this photograph. The rich red of the car is so eye-catching, and the couple look comfortable not only together, but in a small backseat. I really like the angle of the title because it makes the cover dynamic.
Crash into You is my second Katie McGarry book, and she is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors for contemporary YA. She has a real talent for writing bad boys with hearts of gold, heroines with complex emotions, and couples who are so different from one another. Isaiah and Rachel are so fun to read about. Their connection is almost instantaneous, their struggles are compelling, and their chemistry is insane. If you haven’t read any of the books in the Pushing the Limits collection, I highly recommend them.
- Isaiah – Isaiah’s tough exterior comes from growing up in a series of bad foster homes and a lot of practice pushing people away. Yet Isaiah can’t stop his urge to protect Rachel despite her insistence that she can handle things on her own. As Isaiah tries to keep Rachel safe, he fights his own need to be near her and finally let someone in. Although he screws up sometimes, Isaiah is a truly good guy.
- Rachel – I really admire Rachel’s drive to watch out for herself, especially with four overprotective older brothers. Her struggle with panic attacks makes her feel weak, but dealing with her overly concerned brothers makes her feel weaker. At home, Rachel is insecure and always feels like a faulty replacement for her deceased sister. When Rachel is with Isaiah she comes to life, challenging him and flirting with him, just generally having more fun even though she’s in unfamiliar territory.
- twists – I enjoyed all of the plot twists in this story. Each one is realistic, unexpected, and challenging. I also like that the twists are from external sources and not Rachel or Isaiah being stubborn or emotionally distant. Most of the twists had me completely surprised and I was definitely emotionally invested.
- cars – Isaiah’s life is built around his love of cars. He works in a garage, loves restoring cars, and does some street racing. Rachel also adores cars but feels like her family discourages this interest. I really like how Rachel and Isaiah connect and bond over this mutual love for classic cars. I also appreciate that Rachel never brings up not being friends with girls because her interests are soooo different – that is a horrible and annoying cliche. Rachel’s protectiveness over her car, which is her most treasured possession, is important to the story just like Isaiah’s protectiveness of Rachel.
- Isaiah’s mom – Isaiah’s struggle with his mother and being in the foster care system is part of what makes him tough. His mom is selfish and immature, even though she claims that foster care was the best choice at the time. A decision that she made later on about Isaiah changed his life more than she can even imagine, and I was a bit proud of Isaiah for using her need to see him to his advantage.
- Eric/stakes – High stakes situations are usually more compelling, but I struggled to understand exactly what would happen if Isaiah and Rachel failed to pay Eric. I get that it involved violence and owing Eric, but I’m not sure how one guy could wield so much power. The consequences had to be dire enough for guarded Isaiah to immediately get involved to protect Rachel, but I was left feeling like Isaiah knew the score but I didn’t.
“This is where you fill in the blank with your year in high school.”
“Senior,” he finishes. “And I don’t go to Worthington Private.”
“You don’t say.” I let the sarcasm flow. “I thought for sure you had run for student body president last year.”
He scratches the stubble on his jaw and I swear he’s covering a grin. “You’re too brave for your own good.”
– Rachel + Isaiah pg. 71
Mom stares at the night sky, searching for something. “I often wondered what would have happened if I stayed and did as Daddy asked or if I had agreed to let them take you or if I let that one couple adopt you when you were ten.”
My head jerks to glare at her. “They wanted me?”
– Isaiah + his mom pg. 417