Crash Into You [Pushing the Limits, #3] by Katie McGarry

Crash Into You [Pushing the Limits, #3] by Katie McGarry
Publication Date: November 26th, 2013
E-ARC via Net Galley & Harlequin Teen
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

inner commentary Warning: Language and SPOILERS. 

Wow. I’ve never met a bunch of guilt-trippers worse than your family, Rachel. Every other word is a dig and a reminder that you’re nothing but a poor replacement of Colleen. Oh and mom? Get the fuck over it. She’s dead. God gave you another girl to love and to care for like one of those American Girl dolls that cost way too fucking much. And Rachel? Fuckkkkkk. Speak up, will you? Also, you suck. Seriously. You’re rich, all right? Get the fucking money somehow so someone like Isaiah can have a fighting chance at a clean life. You just sentenced him to a hard life of a criminal by letting him take on your debt.  Where the fuck do you thing he was going to get the money, anyway?
Oh come the fuck on! Some douche comes at you with some bullshit about your boyfriend being a sexist bully and you let that nugget of doubt infest your brain? Bullshit. That’s bullshit! As if the guy’s willingness to step in front of a blood-thirsty gang leader for you isn’t enough to justify exactly how the much boy loves you? Here’s a thought: did you ever wonder why that guy wanted to race YOU instead of Isaiah? Huh? Huh? Why do you think that is? Did it ever occur to you that the said blood-thirsty gang leader is out to sabotage yours and Isaiah’s plans to pay off the debt?
Oh for God’s sake, Isaiah! Get that gunk out of your ear and listen to your mother! Jesus. Here’s your chance to get to know her again; your chance to re-build your relationship with her. So the fucking what if she didn’t contact you as soon as she got out of the big house? Did it ever occur to you that she’s trying to establish a life first before she comes crawling at your door? I am not impressed, Isaiah. I am not impressed.
actual review
My initiation with Ms. McGarry’s work didn’t end up as well as the popular opinion.  Truthfully, it’s because her characters drove me crazy. I didn’t understand them – their actions. I just couldn’t sympathize. Because of this reason, I decided she’s an author whose work I could live without. Crash Into You was a second chance read. And for the better part of the novel, it was looking like I will be disappointed again.
But listen, this book grew on me. Isaiah and Rachel grew on me. I learned to give them passes for their stupid decisions. I learned to accept the fact that I have no control over a couple of fictional characters’ actions. All I can do is to sit back and let the story unfold. It would make sense in the end even though the journey to get here was rife with seemingly insurmountable challenges. And boy, did they ever test me.
I was not a fan of Beth in the first book so I didn’t read the book after that. As a result, I don’t know hers and Isaiah’s past. In the end it didn’t matter because once Rachel entered the picture, he was a lost cause. Isaiah is a stock, packaged bad boy character. It doesn’t mean that’s all he was, though. I like him. I like his story, I like his layers and all the things that made up of who he is. The same goes with Rachel. Even though I was infuriated for most of the time, I loved this book in the end. 
I couldn’t fault McGarry for creating such believable characters and realistic scenarios. I can see myself reacting the same way if I had a couple people in my life like Rachel and Isaiah. Anyway, I’m happy I gave this series another chance. I might be persuaded to read Beth’s story somewhere down the road. 

  • I picking this up very soon, so I refuse to read one word! I see your 4 stars and I'm encouraged, though! I'll come back and read it when I finish. 🙂

  • I effing hated Rachel's parents. And how the brothers seem to just go along with how they treated her. Ugh. But I loved this story and most of all Isaiah. I'm glad you enjoyed it overall. I hope someday you'll give Beth a chance. You should definitely meet Ryan, well more of him than you saw in this. 🙂

  • Sooo … you liked it, right? lol. I had a lot of mixed feelings throughout this book, but most were because of my own person experiences. OMG, I loved Beth to death! That's my girl, yo. 🙂

  • I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this one! I really loved it. But yes I get what you mean about so many of your points. I hated Rachel's family!
    Anyway, I hope you do read Beth's story soon, because it's great 🙂

  • Hah, I love your review of this. <3 Sounds a bit awful at times. I'm not sure if I want to read this book; I did love book one. But then I never felt like reading book two :p but I own it, and am going to pre-order this one. So I will read them. Sometime. Anyway. Though you had some issues with the people in this book, lol, I'm glad you still managed to mostly enjoy it 😀

  • Good review. I haven't started this series as yet but I hear its pretty good. Thanks for the honest opinion.

  • I´ve read and I loved Pushing the Limits and Dare You To. I´m not fan of Beth either but I´m looking forward to read Isaaih´s story.
    Love your review! 🙂

  • I read the first book and liked it a lot, but I do get what you mean. I yelled at the characters a lot too. So I'm not sure why I haven't continued the series, but I feel like I haven't been in the mood for them and maybe have lost interest? I'm glad this one grew on you a bit.

  • Ha — that commentary cracked me up. I yell at characters like that in my head all the time.
    Beth wasn't my favorite either, but I'm looking forward to reading Isaiah's story.
    Great, funny review!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  • Love the commentary. I still haven't read Dare You To but I liked Pushing the Limits, so I was planning to read Crash Into You at some point. Anyway, what you mentioned does seem frustrating and so far the characters don't seem that impressive, just based on your review, but I'm glad they grow more.

    -P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex

  • Your commentary is pretty hilarious. I'm glad you enjoyed the book! I got Dare You To from the library, and Crash Into You from Netgalley. Hope I can get to them soon!
    -Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

  • Okay, I skipped your commentary and went to the review because I haven't had a chance to pick this up yet, but I'm glad it ended up working out for you. I was hoping this would be the best in the series yet because I thought the series started out good with Pushing the Limits and got better with Dare You To. I'm excited for Isaiah and Rachel's story. 🙂

  • Crash Into You not Crush, guess I need more of that morning coffee after all 😉

  • *massages Joy's back* breathe, honey, breathe 🙂

    I have only read McGarry's first book and then the short story about I-don't-even-remember-who-anymore, but I enjoyed it quite a lot. I wasn't as blown away as some other people seemed to be, but I didn't want to burn the book or throw it out the window, if you know what I mean. I am yet to pick up Crush Into You, but to be honest, for whatever reason I don't feel the burning need to do so. Katie McGarry just isn't exactly my cup of coffee (or at least, not my favorite brew). I can read her books, but I can also very well live without them.

    From your review I'm guessing I'd probably be just as frustrated with the characters as you were. I hate being angry at the characters, so I might have to pass on this one. Thanks so much – also, loved your little rant!!! 😀

  • I haven't read this series, but your inner commentary made me laugh!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  • I completely agree with you. McGarry's book are likeable overall, but when you think about it, they are full of flaws and the characters bug the hell out of me.
    Also, I don't get why all of her characters have to have some kind of troubled past or something.
    Rachel, I felt, was spineless in this book. I hated how she wouldn't stand up to her family. And that mother of hers? What a pathetic excuse of a parent. I understand that losing a child is painful, but did she really have to force her daughter to be like her dead daughter?
    Love you inner rambling! You should definitely write these more often! 😀
    Great review!

  • Wow, sounds like this was really annoying but I am curious! I haven't read any of these books yet but I've heard enough about it. Haven't quite picked up the books yet but I think I will sometime. Thanks for your honest review!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

  • Damn girl, I feel you. At the beginning I was kinda pissed the —- off at the characters because I didn't understand them but they grew on me. One good thing about this book was there was no love triangle and no f—i– annoying b-tch that tried to screw everything up. I hate that! Even though it sounds bad, I'm so glad Erik was the bad person. I agree that Dare You To isn't the best but I definitely think you should give it a go!

    Laura @ Music Plus Books

  • Okay, now I want to read the book just so I can go back and read your commentary-I'm definitely curious with all those blacked out spaces 😉 I'll have to start this one soon! I hated Beth in the first book but Dare You To totally changed my mind! It's great that you liked this one overall.

  • You definitely confused me with the rating and then the ranting! I didn't like Beth in the first book either and it's made me hesitant to read Dare You To, so I may do what you did and just skip it for now. I LOVE THIS REVIEW, THOUGH. 🙂

  • I really really need to read this series, but well maybe starting with book 1! Love your review it was really fun.

  • Sorry that you haven't enjoyed Katie McGarry's books, I personally have loved every story she has written and I will be reading this one very soon. I can definitely see where you are coming from though with your thoughts on her characters. I think sometimes her books remind me of some of the stupid decisions I made as a teen haha. Thanks for your thoughts!

    Kristin @ Young Adult Book Haven

  • I don't know what to do Joy. I wasn't going to read this series but now I'm doubting myself. Ugh! Why do you do this to me? Should I read the first book? Or start with this one?

  • Honestly, her books always kind of grow on me by the end, but when I think about them with a cool head later on, I realize they're seriously lacking in so many ways. She insists on focusing on troubled teens, but she simply lacks insight to do it properly. Her characters are always textbook damaged, without nuances to make them seem real.
    Anyway, I'll be reading this soon, but don't expect much.
    I'm glad you ended up warming up to it.