Hey guys! You remember me? Lauren? No… Wait, are you holding a pitchfork? I’m really not a fan of fire guys. So yeah, I’m sorry for my absence. Senior year sort affects all aspects of life really. Like all I want to do is sleep, eat, and sleep. College applications also took up all my time but I finished those and I’ve been accepted into my college. So yay! But as I stated in my last post (and as you can tell from the picture above) I am here for a review! A very long-awaited review that should have been done awhile ago because I did get the ARC back in July. Now that I think about it I could have done the post and saved it. Oops.
I tried doing a video but all I did was ramble and kept going on about CONNECTIONS with characters and CARS. I doubt you would have cared about pistons, carburetors, and me trying to explain a cool air intake. I ail speak about my connections with characters though.
So I know that I’ve stated my love for Katie McGarry’s books before. There is just so much to them. I’ve loved every single book and I feel like for an author to able to make every book amazing makes them even better. If that makes sense. I was lucky enough to meet Katie McGarry back in June and it had to have been one of the best moments of my life. Here was an author that has had a major impact
on my life and I was finally able to meet her. I fangirled a lot. I may have said it once before but I don’t remember. Back in October of 2012 my neighborhood was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. And the book that helped me get through it? Pushing the Limits. Ever since then I’ve been hooked to Katie McGarry’s books. Dare You To was there for me as I was struggling with friendships and feeling alone. As I stated before, I felt connections.
The strongest connection has always been Isaiah. I think it’s because I understand his love for cars. So before I say anything else here is the synopsis:
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. (Goodreads)
I loved this book. I don’t even know how to put my love for it into words. I tried doing a video but I literally couldn’t. Everything was getting jumbled together and it was turning into an epic fail. This was basically me.
I just get really exited with this book.
First off: Rachel. Do you know how awesome it was to FINALLY have a girl character who understood cars? It didn’t even feel forced. I don’t remember the exact line, but it was when Rachel and Isaiah just met and he asked her how she knew so much about cars. Rachel said she just read books or something like that. I don’t know why I loved that but I did. I think Rachel became one of my favorite characters. Her anxiety made her feel so real. As someone who suffers from panic disorder I know what it’s like to feel lost and scared and to just want to almost give up.
Isaiah was amazing in this book. To finally be able to get inside his head felt like a reward. There were reveals in CIY about Isaiah that just made me pause for a second. I remember sitting in my car and looking up amazed. We also saw a soft side to him. Isaiah is willing to do anything for the people he loves, which can be seen at the beginning of the book and throughout most of the books.
What I love about companion novels is the fact that we still see past characters. In Dare You To we had Noah and Isaiah. In Crash Into You there was Noah and Echo and Beth that I was just bouncing with joy. My favorite scene was when Noah. Beth, and Isaiah were all together. It was like a messed version of a family reunion.
I also loved the new characters that were introduced. Rachel’s brothers wee hilarious. Especially West. I love West. Which brings me to the fourth book: TAKE ME ON. West’s story. That makes me so happy.
Katie McGarry knows how to capture the emotions of being a teenager. Crash Into You doesn’t disappoint. Just like Rachel, we all want to be something amazing for our parents and don’t want to disappoint them, even if it means hiding aspects of who we are. I know so many people who are just like Isaiah. Willing to do anything to keep the people we love safe. Everyone needs to read this book… ALL of Katie McGarry’s books.
A million stars yes.