Crash into You by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #3
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: November 26th 2013
Source: Netgalley (Publisher)
As soon as I was accepted for this book on Netgalley, I started reading it. I'd been waiting for this book for ages and I just couldn't wait any longer! I was dying to find out more about Isaiah and learn about him and hopefully finally see him get his HEA.
Although Isaiah slightly annoyed me in Dare You To, I had nothing but love for him in Crash into You. Although Isaiah may appear to be a tough guy, underneath the tattoos and the bad boy exterior he's actually a very gentle and caring character. People judge him because of the way he looks and don't take the time to get to know him. So I loved that I got the chance to hear from Isaiah and listen to his story. Isaiah - like all of the previous characters - has had a tough life. His mother went to prison when he was very young and he's been shifted from foster home to foster home, sometimes having to deal with physical abuse. But Isaiah has managed to pull his life together and is working on getting his qualifications to work on cars. He's such a motivated and driven character. He puts so much work into things and he deserves so much. He's such a kind and sweet character. I just adore Isaiah so much <3
Rachel was an amazing character too. She had a lot of family problems as well. Rachel was basically acting as a replacement daughter and was being forced into doing a lot of things that she didn't want to do just to make her mother happy. This caused her to have a lot of anxiety attacks and also caused her to become seriously ill. Rachel is under so much pressure from her family to fit into this 'perfect mold' that she doesn't feel like she can say no. She isn't being who she really is and she hates it. Although Rachel may seem like a weak character, she's actually not. She's an amazingly strong character and I adored seeing her development throughout the book.
Isaiah and Rachel's relationship is probably my favourite of this series. There's just something about them that makes me love them more than Noah and Echo & Beth and Ryan. I just felt so much more invested in their relationship. They were so perfect for each other but there was a lot of stuff that got in the way of their relationship.
Abby was one of my favourite characters too. She was so sweet and kind and I felt so bad for her because of her situation. She was stuck and couldn't find a way out. I really loved her and Rachel's friendship though. Abby is a strange character, but her and Rachel bonded and they became brilliant friends. I loved that we got to see Abby's development throughout the book as well.
There were also cameos from Beth, Ryan, Noah and Echo which was brilliant. It was great to see all of the older characters and brilliant to find out how they were all doing.
The story line of this one was definitely my favourite too. Rachel gets herself into trouble by doing an illegal drag race and the story revolves around her and Isaiah trying to fix it. But there's a lot more going on as well. There was Rachel's battle with who she wanted to be; Rachel trying to please her mother and her brothers while trying to hide her illness and there was also Isaiah and his mother. Everything about this book was fantastic and I loved it so much.
There were two chapters at the end that almost killed me. One had me in tears and then the next chapter made my stomach drop when I thought something horrible had happened. Luckily it hadn't, but McGarry had me for a second there.
Overall, this is definitely my favourite book in the Pushing the Limits series. It's one I know I'll always go back and read because I loved it so much! If you haven't read this series yet, it's one I highly recommend starting. It's such a fantastic contemporary series and all of the characters are amazing.