From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane
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.
I love this author's books because she's created a world of characters who are fragile and hurting despite their tough exteriors, and she manages to communicate that without the books becoming too sappy or unbelievable. I think I fell in love with the whole troubled kid with a heart of gold trope back when I was too young to be reading The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton but read it anyway and cried my way through a good chunk of it. I'm still a sucker for a good underdog story. When it's done well, I can't help but devour the book.
Katie McGarry does it well.
I have come to love Noah, Echo, Beth and Isaiah, but I think Isaiah may be my favourite of the bunch (although Abby is growing on me). McGarry doesn't sugarcoat the life of a foster kid, and manages to even make the seemingly perfect Rachel surprisingly down to earth. The emotions that run between Rachel and Isaiah feel real, as does the looming threat of being unable to pay off their debts in time. My biggest complaint would be that sometimes I found Rachel to be a little too insecure to be believable, but it's a relatively small complaint in the grand scheme of things.
What you see is what you get with this author, so if you enjoyed Pushing the Limits or Dare You To, then there's a lot here to love. If this type of story isn't your thing, walk away now because it is unapologetically a story about overcoming barriers, and love that crosses all of those invisible lines created by things like social class.
Rating: All Consuming
If you like this type of story, you'll love this particular book. Now I'm impatiently awaiting the next one.