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.
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?
- 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!