Saturday, December 7, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

Welcome to Jenuine Cupcakes!
This is my stop on the Crash Into You Blog Tour which is being hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.
*hands you a cupcake*

Crash into You (Pushing the Limits, #3)
Crash into You (Pushing the Limits #3)
by Katie McGarry
Release Date: 11/26/13
Publisher: Harlequin Teen 
5 Stars!

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.
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I fell in love with Isaiah in Pushing The Limits and was heartbroken for him in Dare You To.  So when I heard he was getting his own book, I was like...

Crash Into You has a little of this...

A little of that...

With characters who kind of remind me of him...

And her...
Together, they do a lot of this...

And some of this too...

 LET ME LOVE YOU ISAIAH!!!!! And by "love", I mean, come over and let me feed you while I squishy hug all of your hurt feelings away. Rachel can come too, as long as she brings West. 

WHAT I LOVED: Once again Katie McGarry has given us characters who are a blend of strength and vulnerability with heartbreaking, yet hopeful stories. I loved the dual POV and both characters had distinct voices as well as fonts which I thought was cool. 

With the background that Isaiah comes from, it's no wonder he has major trust issues and doubts his self-worth. The foster care system is supposed to help and protect children but it often fails. On the flip side is Rachel. She's spent her whole life knowing that despite her picture perfect life, she is merely a replacement. And her efforts to live up to her family's expectations have taken a dangerous toll on her health. 

Neither Isaiah nor Rachel truly feel like themselves unless they're behind the wheel of a car cruising at speeds that would make most people cower. When they meet, they aren't looking for anything more than a way to escape their circumstances, even if just for one night. I liked that they chose to work together even though they didn't have to. People often complain about stories that feel like insta-love and I have too when it doesn't feel genuine. But it is totally plausible and it does happen. (I met my husband on Christmas Eve, we had our first date in January and by March I knew I would marry him. Today happens to be our seventeenth wedding anniversary. *shrugs*)

I also liked that this wasn't a, "Cross the finish line and ride off into the sunset where they live happily-ever-after" kind of ending. Isaiah and Rachel face even greater challenges after the racing situation it behind them and in it's in that part of the story where we see growth from everyone. 


FINAL VERDICT: Another great companion to the Pushing the Limit's series and I CAN NOT wait for West's story! 
Katie McGarry
KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie would love to hear from her readers. 

Contact her via her website,, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook
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