Crash Into You (Pushing the Limits #3) by Katie McGarry
Crash into You (Pushing the Limits)
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.
Yes! Isaiah's story! I have loved him since the first book and was super excited to read Crash Into You. I didn't realize it would be my favorite in the series thus far. I loved it. I loved Isaiah, I loved Rachel, I hated her family, I loved the story.
Rachel is in a tough spot. I feel so bad for her. I absolutely hated her family. Her family has money and she goes to the best schools and everything, but her life is anything but perfect. She used to have a sister, Colleen, who died before she was even born. Afterwards her parents wanted to have another daughter (they had some boys already) to replace Colleen. Rachel is supposed to be that replacement. She is supposed to be just like Colleen, even though she is nothing like her. Rachel likes cars and mechanical things, doesn't like shopping or dressing up or girly things like that. She has panic attacks which make her sick and have caused her to be hospitalized before because it got so bad. She had ruptured some blood vessels or something in her esophagus from throwing up so much from the panic attacks. She lost a lot of weight and it just sounded terrible. Afterwards she pretended she was fine, when really she still has the panic attacks. She hates that she is so weak, she can't be perfect like Colleen was. I just...I could see the parents wanting her to be Colleen 2.0, but her brothers? How can they be so selfish and disregard what she wants like that? Especially her twin brother who didn't know Colleen. They pressure her just as much to be the perfect Colleen replacement for their mom. If she is not mom will be sad. Well what about Rachel? What about what she feels? It made me so angry with all of them. I hated them, I really did. They were terrible! No one cared how much Rachel was suffering, how much pressure she was under to be perfect, how much she hated trying to be something she wasn't. Her brothers knew she was still having panic attacks, that she could make herself really sick again, and yet they pretended they didn't. They looked the other way. Apparently mom's happiness is more important than anyone else which is ridiculous. I just wanted Rachel to have someone stick up for her, to stand by her, to be there for her and help her get out of there.
Isaiah doesn't think he is a very good person. He still upset that Beth didn't return his feelings. He still hasn't spoken to her, and has no plans to. He doesn't want to fall for someone again as he doesn't want to go through that pain again. He just wants to coast through life and survive. Then Rachel shows up at a drag race, one he is there to win so he can pay his rent. Rachel is so innocent, so doesn't belong there, that he helps her. He is her savior when the cops show and they have an amazing evening together. He is intrigued by her, likes her and wants to get to know her better. He promises to call, but never does. Someone stole money from the guy running the races, the guys Rachel showed up with. Even though she doesn't know them she is still in danger, and Isaiah doesn't want anyone to find her so he stays away. Until they do, then he is her savior once again. Then they have to work together to come up with the money to pay the guy off.
Through working together they get closer and closer. Isaiah and Rachel were so sweet together. I loved them! She doesn't tell anyone about him because they don't want to complicate things until they pay the guy off. I mean he does not look like he fits in at the fancy schools and such Rachel goes to. Of course there are lots of road blocks in their way, some bad things happen, but they both help each other deal with their issues. They both help each other be better people, to do what they need to to help themselves. I loved them together.
Oh and whatever goodwill I had towards Beth disappeared again in this book. I hated her once again. She shows up and gets an attitude with Rachel when it is obvious Isaiah likes her, and could have ruined it for him. I was just like really Beth? You don't want him, he is not ready to be friends with you, so you just show up, make him angry and try and scare away the girl he is trying to move on with? Really? I thought you were better than that. I thought you were not such a terrible person anymore. Apparently Ryan didn't help you be a better person. Apparently you are still a bestest friend. I don't know why Isaiah would ever take you back as a friend. Can't you respect his wishes at all? You hurt him, he needs time to deal. Just because you want to be bff again right away doesn't mean he is ready for that. Can you think of someone else instead of being selfish? Can't you stop messing with him and let him figure things out? He will come to you when he is ready. Man I hated her. She has no excuse for being horrible to Rachel. None at all. End Beth rant.
Overall I loved this book. I felt so bad for Rachel and loved that she found Isaiah. I loved Isaiah and how wonderful he was. I loved this book.