Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Contemporary Young Adult
Pushing the Limits/3
Harlequin Teen/November 26, 2013
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.
What an emotional, wild ride Crash Into You proved to be! It flew by at breakneck speed and I found myself trying to slow down towards the end because I didn't want it to be over.
Rachel Young may seem like perfection in a pretty dress but she is flawed, just like any other teen, trying to find her way and the direction she wants her life to take. She has some serious obstacles to overcome, mainly her parents and their strict expectations for her. When she meets Isaiah, Rachel is looking for an outlet for her rebellion in the form of street racing. She gets more than she bargained for and lucky for her, Isaiah is there to help her out. It was so emotional, seeing Rachel attempt to live up to the unrealistic expectations her parents had placed on her. She tries so hard to overcome her fears that I couldn't help but be angry at her parents for not seeing how much pressure and stress they put on her. McGarry did well in bringing such strong emotions out in the the characters and this reader.
Isaiah Walker knows everyone thinks Rachel is out of his league. She is not someone he would hang out with or date but he still has this overwhelming need to hang out with her and wants to date her. I loved how Isaiah takes a huge leap of faith with his feeling for Rachel. He could be setting himself up for a world of hurt but he takes that chance. Isaiah is a hero you wish the best of everything for. He has been through so much and still has a way to go but he doesn't give up. The mom side of me wanted to give him a home where he would be wanted and loved. The teenage girl in me would have taken Isaiah as a boyfriend in a heartbeat! He definitely left an impact on me.
The character development is well done not only for the main characters but with the secondary set. Also, the pacing matched between the suspense, developing romance and the conflicts at home Rachel and Isaiah are dealing with. The suspense and dangerous situations Rachel and Isaiah find themselves in are made believable because McGarry takes the time to create the framework of the situations. I loved how nothing is glossed over - neither the brighter moments nor the darker hours. Within those tense situations are reminders that Rachel and Isaiah are teenagers who are facing circumstances not every teen must face.
Even if you don't usually read Young Adult, I encourage you to give Ms. McGarry's Pushing the Limits series a try. It's more than Young Adult, it is exceptional story telling.
Pushing the Limits Series ~
Pushing the Limits
Crossing the Line (novella)
Dare You To
Crash Into You
Take Me On (May 20, 2014)