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Crash into You
Pushing the Limits Series, Book 3
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From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a romance forged in the fast lane The girl with straight A's and the perfect life--that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So...
From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a romance forged in the fast lane The girl with straight A's and the perfect life--that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So...
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  • From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a romance forged in the fast lane

    The girl with straight A's and the perfect life--that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy family...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 after the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.

    The last thing Isaiah needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks. But when their shared love of street racing puts their lives in jeopardy, Isaiah and Rachel will have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.


  • From the book

    Eleven years, two months, seven days.

    The last time I had physical contact with a blood relative.

    The fingers of my left hand drum against the steering wheel and my right hand grips the stick shift. The urge to shift into First, slam the gas and hightail it out of the dismal gray parking lot pulses through my veins.

    I force my stiff fingers to release the gear stick. Music could take the edge off, but the bass from the speakers vibrates in a way that could draw attention to my car hiding in the employee-only lot. From here, I can watch the visitors enter and exit the social services building.

    Ninety minutes ago, my mother walked in. Now I need to see her walk out. With each intake of cold air, the itch to leave grows. So does the itch to meet her.

    The heater died a half hour ago, and the engine stalled twice. A few more things to fix on the growing list. In need of a new resistor, the heater will be a cheap fix.

    My cell rings. Without checking the caller ID, I know who it is, yet I answer anyway. "Yeah."

    "I see you." Annoyance thickens my social worker's Southern accent. "She's waiting."

    My eyes flicker to the corner windows close to her cubicle and six feet from my car. Courtney draws the shades and places a hand on her hip. Her ponytail swings from side to side like she's a pissed-off racehorse. Fresh out of college, she was assigned my case back in June. I guess her boss figured she couldn't jack me up more than I already am.

    "I told you not to schedule a visitation." I stare at her as if we were in the same room. What I like about Courtney? She stares back. She's one of three people who have the guts to hold eye contact with an inked seventeen-year-old with a shaved head and earrings. The second one is my best friend. The third...well, the third was the girl I loved.

    Courtney sighs and the ponytail stills. "It's Christmas Eve, Isaiah. She showed early and brought you presents. She's waited patiently for a thirty-minute visitation that should have ended forty minutes ago."

    Waited. Patiently. My neck tightens and I roll it from side to side to keep from blowing steam at the wrong person. "Ten years."

    I throw those two words at her every time she mentions my mother. Courtney drops her chin to her throat. "Don't do this. She had her reasons, and she wants to talk to you."

    I raise my voice and pound my hand against the steering wheel. "Ten years!"

    "It could have been fifteen, but she was a model prisoner," she says, as if that was a concession on Mom's part. "She wrote you once a week."

    I glare at Courtney through the windshield. "Then be her social worker if you're up her damn ass so much. She's been out for over a year and she's just now coming to visit."

    "Isaiah," she says with defeat. "Come in. Give her a chance."

    I place one foot on the clutch and the other on the gas. My engine roars with anger and the car's frame vibrates with the need to run. Third Street ends at the social services building and my parking spot gives me a straight shot to the clear strip of road. Give Mom a chance? Why should I? When have I been given one?

    "You have no idea what she did," I say.

    "I do." Courtney softens her voice.

    "I'm not talking about why she went to prison." I shake my head as if the action can dispel the memory playing in my mind. "You have no idea what she did to me."

    "Yes, I do." A pause. "Come in. We can work this out."

    No. It can never be worked out. "Did you know that the...

About the Author-

  • KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.


  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 7, 2013
    From the outside, Rachel Young seems perfect, but she feels like a mess—prone to panic attacks and sure she’s a poor replacement for her older sister, who died of leukemia. Rachel tries to “feign sunshine and rainbows” so no one looks too closely, not even her twin brother. Isaiah is her total opposite, a poor kid from the foster care system who looks fiercely unapproachable: he’s all tattoos, piercings, and glares. When their shared loved of fast cars brings them together and puts them at risk, they find the one person who might understand their secrets and love them anyway. Rachel and Isaiah tell their story in alternating chapters, and while there’s plenty of family drama and car talk, what’s really effective is the sweet and sexy romance between them (the author’s fans will recognize some familiar faces, too). McGarry (Dare You To) loads the book with emotional and physical dangers, but her final plot twist veers into melodrama, distracting from the main story of two 17-year-olds trying to find a way to be together. Ages 14–up. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

  • Kirkus

    October 1, 2013
    McGarry continues her absorbing series about a group of street kids and their romances (Dare You To, 2013, etc.). Here, the romance follows tough-on-the-surface Isaiah and Rachel, a rich girl so shy panic attacks put her in the hospital. Despite her private school background, Rachel is every bit as addicted to cars as Isaiah, and they meet at an illegal street race. When the cops arrive, she and Isaiah flee together, sparking their unlikely romance. Rachel sees no problem in hoping for a romance with this tattooed foster-care refugee, only worrying that he's still in love with his former girlfriend, Beth, who left him in the previous book. Plenty of suspense arises from that first illegal drag race, when Eric, the hoodlum who runs the races, demands $5,000 from Isaiah and Rachel. The two decide to earn the money through legal drag races, but unlikely events continually thwart their progress. The author ties all of her books together by focusing on the same group of characters and introducing new romances. She displays a deft touch, devoting much space on the teens' feelings and physical encounters but balancing it with naturally arising tension and the difficulties each faces in his or her family situation. While this book's circumstances are not as realistic as in earlier offerings, McGarry's skill makes it all seem plausible. Although it's a bit overlong, McGarry's fans as well as those fond of realistic romances will greet it eagerly. (Fiction. 12 & up)

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  • School Library Journal

    December 1, 2013

    Gr 9 Up-Isaiah Walker, 17, lives with his foster brother, Noah. With their financial situation dicey, he decides to street race one night to make some money to cover their expenses. He ends up meeting Rachel Young, a girl from a wealthy family who is out looking for excitement. Rachel lives a lie. With her family she pretends to like shopping, know nothing about cars, and be able to speak in public on behalf of her older sister who died of leukemia. But Rachel keeps a big secret from everyone. The panic attacks that once put her in the hospital still occur. And with each speech, they get worse. The only time she feels like herself is behind the wheel of her car or secretly working under the hood. The night Isaiah and Rachel meet, their lives start spiraling out of control. A street thug thinks Rachel turned him into the police, so the two teens need to raise $5,000 in only a few weeks to appease him. They both need to step out of their comfort zones and work together to survive. Swearing, gambling, sex, drinking, and drugs are all referenced but mostly occur in the background or between scenes. McGarry's fans will recognize characters from her earlier books. Told from both Isaiah's and Rachel's points of view, the story is reminiscent of Simone Elkeles's "Perfect Chemistry" series (Walker). This is definitely a book for romance fans.-Natalie Struecker, Rock Island Public Library, IL

    Copyright 2013 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus Reviews "McGarry's fans as well as those fond of realistic romances will greet it eagerly."
  • Publishers Weekly "Sweet and sexy romance."
  • New York Journal of Books "Katie McGarry does a great job of ratcheting the tension from zero to 80 in the first pages and holding it there all the way around the track."

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