Author: Katie McGarry
Published: November 26th 2013
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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.
Katie McGarry is one of the best at writing swoony, adorable, yet heart-wrenching and emotional contemporary books. I have enjoyed all that in Pushing the Limits and Dare You To. Now we have my favorite character Isaiah on his way towards happiness and I couldn’t have been happier to crack his book open and devour every single word of it. Let’s just say that it wasn’t what I was expecting, but I thoroughly enjoyed what we got.
“What people project to the world never shows what's lurking on the inside”
I wish that Rachel wasn't that innocent, but it makes a good read what with Isaiah teaching her everything. The cars aspect was totally lovable and I loved how passionate both of these main leads were about them. I’m so clueless about cars and technology myself, but Katie managed well with giving the reader the excitement and passion, but not being overbearing. I kind of ship Abby & Ethan AND Abby & Logan. WTH. I did not sign up for this confusion ;_________; And the weirdest part is that neither of these pairings are legit or will probably never get their own book *insert a sad face*
As for dislikes, um. There were very few things that somewhat bothered be. Ok, here goes. I dislike Beth. I just can't with that girl. Yeah, I did like her in Dare You To with Ryan and from Ryan's POV especially, but I just don't.. like her at all in this one. She makes a few appearances and they were some of my least favorite scenes for sure. I get that she wants to fix this somewhat broken friendship with Isaiah, but she’s just sooooo annoying from other POVs (other than Ryan’s and her own). And she always, always brings excessive drama with her. I wish we had gotten more Echo and Noah moments, but there were still some and now we know that we have their new novel to look forward to in the winter. *tries to contain her grabby hands*
All in all, this was a great read, and being the only book I read in May? Wouldn't change a thing! Katie knows exactly how to create tension, but not so that it becomes ridiculous or unbelievable, no. She’s a wonderful author who creates flawed characters that have heart-felt character growths. The dual POVs work well for her novels and I cannot wait to see how West (Rachel’s brother) will redeem himself in Take Me On. I know you guys all love him, but I’m a little scared at the moment. I’m sure that Katie will manage to make me swoon, laugh and bring me on the verge of tears like with every single one of her novels. Definitely explore this series if you haven’t yet!
Overall rating: 4.0 out of 5.0