"Why doesn't anyone want to keep me?"
--Crash Into You, Katie McGarry
--Crash Into You, Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen, 474 pages
Publication Date: November 26th, 2013
Oh my. Where do I begin?! Ugh, this is a review where I will proceed to ramble and flail and try to make coherent sense of ALL THE FEELS. Seriously. If you’ve read PTL and DYT or read my reviews of them, you know…you KNOW how much I love Katie McGarry and her books. Heart-pounding, sweat-inducing, fanning myself kind of love. I have not met a Katie McGarry book that I have not fell in love with. After talking to Katie at BEA and her saying that Isaiah is her boy, I knew I would be reading something heartfelt, poignant, and utterly emotional…
…I was not proven wrong. This book is amazing. It truly is heartfelt, poignant, and emotionally driven (driven?...get it?...see what I did there?) Pun intended. It will not be the last. To be honest, I didn’t think a lot about Isaiah while reading PTL and while my heart broke for him in DYT, I was still firmly on Team Ryan for Beth. This book…this book changed everything. Isaiah is a beautifully tortured soul that wants to be loved. *cue my incessant obsession with tortured souls and damaged men* Yes. Isaiah fit my mold emotionally. Physically…hello, lover. Muscular, thick, TATTOOS!! Drives sick cars and drag races. Get me the couch, I am going to faint.
While I loved the sexy descriptions of him, he is so much more than easy on the eyes. He is loyal, so loyal to those he loves and I love this quality. He will do anything to protect his own. His moments with Rachel and how he stands up for her ( I won’t say more than that) had me crying and my heart racing (get it? Racing?!). I could not get enough of the dynamic between these two. Equal parts respect and smolder. The way they saved each other, in a way, was just perfect. I don’t know if I’m saying that right but, to me, they did save each other, in so many ways. I loved that they saw past the perceived stereotype that they each fit into based on first looks. This was my favorite aspect of the story. Watching them grow and learn together.
Our periphery characters don’t disappoint in the least. We meet Abby, who I didn’t think I would like at first and comes to be one of my favorites. She is complex in her own right and I loved seeing her grow and mature throughout the story.
…hello, Logan . I want more of him. He is so mysterious to
me with all his adrenaline junkie obsessions and I want more Logan . Oh my gosh, Rachel’s brood of brothers?!?
Hot. Hot. Hot. I want to know ALL about the Young brothers. They were both an
endearing and infuriating part of the story. OH. And the moments with
Noah…always appreciate. Thank you, Katie. Logan
I also continue to love how Katie deals with real life issues. These books are not light or superficial, by any means. They deal with legitimate issues and deeply-rooted emotional trauma. One example, Rachel suffer from panic attack. I have never had a panic attack but reading what Rachel felt like while having one, made me claustrophobic. I would have never understood that kind of debilitating panic having not reading about it like it was described. I felt like I gained an insight into a condition I would have never fully understood having not read about it in this way. I still can’t fully grasp it because I’ve never had one, and I hope never to, but it made me extremely empathetic to those who do suffer.
The plot of the story is constantly speeding forward and never brakes in its action (ya like that one?). I could NOT put this book down. I HAD to know what was going to happen next. And what I love is that SO much happens. There isn’t just one linear plot line. It flows and is fluid and there are so many facets and components to both Rachel and Isaiah, and they are both dealing with a lot more than just their relationship.
Finally, the fact that Katie McGarry constantly takes characters at opposite ends of the social spectrum and fits them together in all the ways that matter never ceases to amaze me. I find it poetic that she takes the token “rich girl”, “bad boy”, “good girl”, “dangerous boy” generalized characters and strips away all the bullshit and introduces you to the person underneath. And that’s all that matters at the end of the day, isn’t it? The person. Not the look. I feel like we could all use this kind of outlook in all of our everyday lives.
I love this book. I am obsessed with these characters. I absolutely love them. If you have not have the pleasure of reading these books, please do so immediately. You will fall in love with their pain, their drama, their problems, and, ultimately, their love stories.
Should You Read This? Um, duh! But also read Pushing the Limits and Dare You To.