Review: Crash by Lisa McMann

Author: Lisa McMann
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Age Group: Teen
Source: Library
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Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of four books from the New York Timesbestselling author of the Wake trilogy.

Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.

What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode…and nine body bags in the snow.

The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more shesees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.

In this riveting start to a gripping series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality.


3 out of 5

3.75 out of 5

My Thoughts

Although I saw Crash on a number of blogs earlier this year, I never really thought about adding it to my already ridiculously long TBR list.  I mean, it looked interesting, but I already had so many other books I wanted to read.  But when I found out that Lisa McMann was going to be one (of the many!) YA authors at the Rochester Teen Book Festival, I thought I would give this book a try.  And let me tell you, I am so freakin’ glad that I did pick it up, because this book was fun.

I thought I would switch things up a bit, and just list, bullet style, my feelings on Crash.

  • Wow, Crash grabs you immediately.  There are not wasted pages here, which is a good thing since it’s only around 232 pages.  It was actually the perfect length.
  • I liked the suspense.  We, the readers, are trying to figure out what is going on right alongside Jules.
  • I really like Jules, the MC, Trey and Rowan (siblings).  They were fun characters, and I loved seeing how they reacted with each other.  I love how close they are, but not unrealistically so.  As an only child, I always love reading about siblings that are close.  It does make me a little jealous, though.  🙂
  • Jules is very relatable.  I love that she does what she needs to do to do the right the thing.
  • Although I liked Sawyer, I never really had a great understanding of who he was.  I wanted to know Sawyer a bit more.  What made him tick, and what were his thoughts about Jules.  I did like the backbone Sawyer displayed toward the end of Crash.  Go Sawyer!
  • The whole novel has a Romeo and Juliet feel with the competing pizza places.
  • The ending was a little “meh.”  It wasn’t bad by any means, but it wasn’t really amazing, either.
  • I wasn’t a huge fan of the whole reveal about why Jules and Sawyer’s families didn’t get a long.  Something about that just didn’t sit well with me.  I don’t want to go into detail, because I don’t want to spoil it.  I didn’t hate it, I just couldn’t believe it 100%.  I do want to read the next book in the series.

So, what did you think of a review in list form?  I don’t think I will write many reviews this way, but it’s good to switch things up some, yes?

Be sure to check out my Just Because Giveaway!

Life Tidbits

  • I’m off to a focus group today, a conference on Friday, and a teen book festival on Friday, so I might be a bit MIA for the next few days.  I’m hoping I have free wireless in my hotel room so I can do some blogging tonight, but we’ll see.  But I’ll definitely catch up on Sunday.
  • I am loving participating in Bout of Books!  I am getting tons read, and it’s just fun to be doing this with a bunch of readers all together.
  • Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore was released on Tuesday, and I want to read it sooooo badly, but no library in my system has it in yet!  I’m trying to not buy it, because I will be buying tons of books on Saturday at the book festival.  But I’m not sure I’m going to be able to hold out for long.
  • Speaking of items my library system doesn’t have, I wanted the audiobooks of the second and third Queen of Babble books by Meg Cabot, but no library had it!  Grr.  I put in an ILL so hopefully another library system will lend them to me.  The first one was super fun!

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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6 Responses to Review: Crash by Lisa McMann

  1. Anahera says:

    The whole novel has a Romeo and Juliet feel with the competing pizza places.
    Two households both alike in recipe. In kitchen ovens where they lay their dough. From ancient sauce break to new cheesy crust. Where civil cheese makes civil plates unclean.

    I am so sorry for that, I had to do it. But anyway… This book sounds quite interesting and I may give it a chance sometime. Thanks, Quinn! 😀

  2. I hadn’t heard of this before, but I am intrigued! I am adding it to my (always way too long) TBR list. Thanks!

  3. I agree with pretty much everything you said. I loved Jules and her siblings. She was pretty cool for someone who was such a social outcast (but seeing her classmates’s behavior towards her made me grateful she was like that). Sawyer wasn’t really developed and I remember really nothing about him. And the reason why their families don’t get along was a bit lame, but I let it slide. Kind of curious what’s going to happen in the next book.

    Great review!

  4. I love Queen Of funny! I am jealous of you attending the Teen Book Festival!

  5. Michelle says:

    This was a fun read for me too! I liked it way better than Wake (Idk if you read that series). Anyway, I’m an only child too (and I’m married to an only child, and we have an only child so there’s a lot of lonliness going on in my fam)… so I really really loved the sibling relationships. Trey and Jules’s convos w/ each other cracked me up and made me wish I had a fun gay brother! Also i totally agree about Sawyer…. what was so great about him? I wanted to know!! And I didn’t like Jules whole stalker-vibe around him. Cool review… I like the bullet list thing!

  6. caitlore says:

    I’m super curious about this book, and I can’t wait to get a hold of it. I like this review style!

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