Crash Into You by Katie McGarry is the 3rd book in her Pushing the Limits series. If you have been following along, this is Isaiah’s story. Isaiah is the friend of Noah (Pushing the Limits) and also has just had his heart broken by Beth (Dare You To). I was so ready for this book. I love Isaiah because he can be so mean, but deep down he’s such a tragic character. Abandoned by his mother, for reason we find out in this book, Isaiah has never had a stable family home. Noah and Beth were the only family he had and with Beth falling in love in book two, he now is down to Noah and Noah’s girlfriend Echo. On top of all of this he is living with Noah, even though he still belongs to the state, and Noah might not be able to keep their family together much longer now that he has to concentrate in college and cannot work for rent money. Isaiah is determined to help Noah out, even if it means dealing with the street thug Eric, just one last time he will race for money.
Rachel Young is a rich, beautiful, young girl who has an affinity to cars but must bury her personal interests to keep her family intact. You see, Rachel is the perfect example of why you shouldn’t replace one child with a new child. After her sister died from leukemia, her mother had one other child and then became pregnant with twins, Evan and Rachel. Rachel gave her new hope, and she wanted her to be everything Colleen deserved to be, never realizing that she was just burying her other daughter in a life that would never work. Because of all this pressure from the outside and from inside of her, Rachel has kept hidden her panic attacks until one night it gets to be too much, she needs an escape. Rachel jumps into her Mustang GT and finds herself in an illegal drag race, with Isaiah.
These two had such a great bond and their ups and downs were entertaining and thoughtful. Isaiah became the person he wanted around Rachel and Rachel in turn could be herself. But like all love stories, this one is not easy. There is a debt to be paid to Eric, uncertainty from family members, car incidents that make you want to close your eyes while reading, and inner conflict that can get in the way of happiness. My only complaint is that the next book will not be about Abby… she deserves some happiness McGarry, you know it, your readers know it and I feel like Evan could have known it… just saying.
4/5 stars, thank you to the publisher and NetGalley.