Thursday, February 7, 2013

Becky View: Crash by Lisa McMann

Crash by Lisa McMann
♦publisher: Simon Pulse
♦release date: January 8th, 2013
♦hardcover, 256 pages
♦intended audience: Young adult
♦series: Visions, book 1
♦source: from publisher for honest review
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 she sees. 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.

Review:  It never ceases to amaze me how much emotional wallop Lisa McMann can pack into her novels.  It just goes to show, a novel doesn't have to be epically long to hit you right in the heart.  Apparently, this novel was not for everyone, so says the surprisingly low reviews I've seen on Goodreads, but I'm here to tell you...I LOVED THIS BOOK. 

Jules has a smart and incredibly humorous voice.  Kind of what you'd expect from a city girl, growing up in a lively Italian family, working in the family restaurant and driving around town in a food truck topped with two giant meatballs (yes, so many great jokes made at this poor truck's expense).  She calls it like she sees it, has a bit of a mouth on her, and loves to make mental lists when things tick her off.  When she starts seeing the visions, she doesn't know what to make of them.  When they start to take over her life, she knows she has to do something to stop the crash.  I love that after a while she just sort of gives in and owns her crazy.  She decides, I may be insane and no one believes me, but just in case I'm not, I'm going for it.  I loved that so much. She decides that not trusting herself is not worth what she could lose, so she makes a no-holds-barred run toward saving lives, towards changing fate, and towards love. 

The love story has a bit of a Romeo & Juliet feel to it, without the super tragic ending and with so much more going on beneath the surface.  Jules and Sawyer were best friends when they were very little, until they found out they were from rival family businesses.  Lots of bad blood going all the way back to their grandfathers.  Then one day, Sawyer stops talking to Jules, and she never knows why---but she never stops caring for him.  There are moments when I thought, ugh, maybe she should stop; but then you get his side and it's a bit of a suckerpunch to the heart.  Oh, what these two families have done to their kids.  And speaking of families, one of my favorite things about Crash was the relationship between Jules and her two siblings, Trey and Rowan.  Yay for siblings who get along, who have each others backs through everything! Really hoping for more of those two in the second book!

The plot is incredibly fast-paced, as Jules unravels the mystery of the crash, clue by clue.  You can feel the time ticking down as her vision bombards her every moment and starts to wear her sanity thin.  Oh, and that ending---exciting and satisfying and romantic.

Lisa McMann impresses me yet again with a riveting, surprising, and fun story.

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  1. I like the sound of Jules, smart and funny. I loved McMann's other books and have been meaning to read this one.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  2. Ooooh it has a romeo and juliet feel to it? I love those kind! And you're right, Lisa McMann sure does know how to pack in the emotion. I really need to get my hands on this book now! Great review :)

    -Jessica (Peace Love Books)

  3. Julies sounds like someone I will really appreciate as a MC :D I always like smart girls with humor. I like the family aspect with the siblings; it's always great to see that they still exist in books.


  4. I enjoyed Crash, too, but Cryer's Cross was even better. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book, and who will narrate it. I know the cover was revealed, but I still haven't seen a description!

  5. I've only recently read Wake, Fade, and Gone by Lisa. I enjoyed them a lot. I'm glad to see she continues writing good books. Great review!


  6. I've read a lot of mixed reviews about this one, but I read Cryer's Cross and loved it, so I wanted to give this a shot too. Jules sounds like a great heroine and I'm excited to read this.
    Great review!

  7. I ALSO LOVED THIS BOOK! It was quick and packed a serious punch. Great review!

  8. I didn't realize this was part of a series! Eyeballs seems to be a cover trend right now. Not sure how I feel about that, but I guess it works for these books. I'll definitely have to give this one a read. :)

  9. This sounds really good! I like the inclusion of a family feud in addition to the visions. Jules is my kind of main character too. Can't wait to pick this up!

  10. oh its great to hear you liked this! I was discouraged by the low ratings on goodreads too but it sounds like I need to give this a shot! Great review, thanks!

  11. I was not a fan of Lisa McMann's other books, but this one sounds good... thinking I might have to give it a try! Great review.

  12. I've been meaning to read something of Lisa's for ages... I love the sound of Jules. Thanks for the review!