Day 19: Crash by Lisa McMann
Summary From Goodreads:
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.
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.
Intense. Cliff hanger. Romeo and Juliet. These are the things that come to mind immediately after reading Crash. I know one thing is certain, I can’t wait to read Bang!
Let’s start with Romeo and Juliet. The parallels here are obvious from the beginning, though for whatever reason I kept thinking of West Side Story instead. Sure, I don’t remember visions being a part of either of the two stories, but the families feuding keeping two young love-struck people apart sure does ring a bunch of bells. In this particular case it isn’t gangs or some birth right induced hatred, but rival family pizza places that separate the two families. There are other, deeper reasons for their mutual dislike for one another, but I won’t spoil it for you. The similarities between Romeo and Juliet and Crash did not cause the story to lessen in any way, though I do hope the ending to the series will not be the same. Happy ending pretty please? ^.^
On to intensity. Visions every so often would be one thing, especially if you can limit or control them, but if they start to become constant and interfere with your regular life to as high of a degree as they do here, that would be quite annoying indeed. The bond between Jules and Sawyer is also very deep, even if they can’t show it. You can feel that close friendship and caring throughout the book which makes what Jules has to go through all the more difficult. The vehement feelings between the older generations of the two families is also accurately described by the word intense, it is inescapable.
Finally, cliff hanger. The ending clearly sets up the next book in the four part series, Bang. It showed where the story was going to go next, who it would focus on, and it gave some insight as to how life is going to be like for Jules from that point forward. There were, however, some really important questions that I am dying to know the answer too, and sadly it isn’t expected to be released until October 8th. Until then, we wait.
To summarize the usual elements I will say the following. The characters were excellent, I connected with all of them and felt like each was hashed out enough as to feel real, they made the reader care about them. The pacing was slightly erratic but overall kept me engaged and I didn’t feel tempted to skim no matter how much I wanted to know what would happen next. As for the writing itself, there were some interesting quirks (you’ll notice them right away if you read Crash) but I liked it quite a bit. This was my first Lisa McMann book but after reading it I’ll have to look into some of her other works. I quite enjoyed Crash, it wasn’t perfect, but it felt right that way. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 20!