Series: Pushing the Limits,
Also in this series: Crossing the Line
Published by Harlequin Teen on 26 November 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Also by this author: Crossing the Line, Red at Night
Place(s) Traveled to: Louisville, Kentucky
First Line: Eleven year, two months, seven days. The last time I had physical contact with a blood relative
If you’ve spent any time talking books with me chances are that I will mention Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series at least once. These are books that I tend to devour with characters that really stay with me. When I was able to read an early copy of Crash Into You I was so excited as I had been dying for Isaiah’s story since first meeting him in Pushing the Limits. While I was initially disappointed that he and Beth didn’t end up together I totally get Katie McGarry’s reasoning for giving these two separate stories. As good as they are as friends, Beth and Isaiah just aren’t meant for a long term romantic relationship. Though when I pictured the girl he would end up with Rachel Young is the last person I would have thought of.
Rachel first makes an appearance in Crash Into You and she is from the upper class. She wants for nothing and could be a total mean girl and yet she is very down to earth and tends to suffer from panic attacks. I really enjoyed meeting Rachel and getting to know her. It was great seeing her transform over the course of the story from a meek mouse of a girl to someone with a backbone. I loved all of her scenes with Isaiah and thought that they really played well off each other. Rachel and Isaiah are two broken and flawed people but together they help heal the cracks and become better people. Which is trademark McGarry writing and what normally has me racing to reach the end of the story.
Where this book loses me is Rachel’s family. OMG…I don’t think I could dislike a group of characters more than I dislike her parents and her brothers. What a bunch of selfish, hypocritical and demeaning group. They all put Rachel down every chance they get. Saying she’ll never have friends as she’s so dull and boring one moment and then the next saying if she just went out more she’d make friends and be normal. Then in the very next they freak out if she actually wants to leave the house. Because even though her brothers go out, date, and party Rachel isn’t allowed. Nor is she really allowed to own anything as her brothers just take whatever they want without asking and then make her feel guilty for being mad about it.
But all of that isn’t even in the worse thing that this family does. No, that comes from how they tell her constantly that her soul purpose for being born was to make her mother happy. Therefore, she can’t wear the clothes she likes, paint her room in the color she wants, or do the things that she enjoys because they would all make her mother sad. Because Rachel was born to replace the void filled when her older sister died. This made me see red throughout the book. Especially when Rachel’s brothers would condemn her for doing the very same things they they have down for years and kept throughout in their mother to add to the guilt. No wonder the girl has panic attacks!! Her family was HORRIBLE and they totally ruined this story for me.
Rachel’s family always assumed that they knew what was best even when it came to driving her car and wouldn’t let her do so at one point as she was just a stupid ignorant girl who was going to kill her mother for being such a disappointment. At that moment I totally would have tossed the book across the room if it wasn’t for two important facts 1) I was reading on my ereader and 2) I was on a plane. I kind of feel bad for my seat mates as I was making very angry angsty faces (not to mention all the eye rolls) throughout my read of this story. And if you could see all my highlighted notes you would get the full brunt of all my issues with the Crash Into You.
I swear the only things that kept me reading this one until the end was my love of Katie McGarry’s writing and Rachel and Isaiah. I loved Rachel and Isaiah’s story and if you could cut out every moment with Rachel’s family then this would have been a 5 star read for me. For me, this was a slower read as I kept getting pulled out of the story by the secondary characters. All in all, Crash Into You was a bit of a disappointment for me. I just couldn’t get past the horrible family of Rachel’s and while I still love McGarry’s writing I am hesitant to read the next book as Take Me On, involves Rachel’s brother West. That’s how much I dislike the Young family.