Crash

I really, really liked this book. At the beginning I had a serious issue with grammar and the over-use of words that it bugged me a lot.It got  to the point where I was getting upset at words that I didn’t even think were words because they didn’t fit into the sentence properly. But it seemed that a quarter of the way in she got her mojo back and the writing was definitely better, or her editor finished her cup of coffee and finally and got to work. Either way, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

I love a bad-boy meets good-girl story. I can’t get enough of them, and this one definitely fits that category. Jude Ryder is a cocky, bad-ass who has been to jail more times than he can count on his own two hands. He’s had a rough life. Mother left and dad’s in jail. He lives in a boys home and so he acts out. Lucy Larson is a good girl just trying to get into dance school. Also having a rough life. Things happened that she can’t even comprehend. She still has her sights set on getting through senior year and dancing. No one is going to stop her. That is until she meets Jude and doesn’t she fall head over heels for this guy. Opposites attract and sometimes they make a positive and sometimes they can blow up in your face.

This is a very an emotional book. There were a few times I teared up. There is some pretty deep topics brought up that some may not like to read but I swear it’s all in good taste. The book is very insightful as to how teenager’s minds think and act when faced with traumatic and hard times. This could be considered both Young Adult and New Adult. Basically, Young Adult as they are seniors in high school but New Adult because of the content and some sexual content as well. Overall this is a great book and I am excited to read the next book in the series which is still following these characters which I love.

Crash Book Cover Crash
Nicole Williams
Juvenile Fiction
HarperCollins
December 18, 2012
384

Being the new kid is the last thing Lucy wanted for her senior year, especially after her hot encounter with Southpointe’s bad boy Jude Ryder has her labeled a slut on her first day. But her sights are set on becoming a ballerina, and she won’t let anything get in her way. Until she stumbles into Jude again.

Jude’s got a rap sheet - an actual rap sheet - that runs longer than a senior thesis, and moods that swing from delectable to dangerous. He’s had his name sighed, shouted, and cursed by who knows how many girls. He’s a cancer, the kind of guy who’s fated to ruin the lives of girls like Lucy - and he tells her so. But as rumors run rampant and reputations are smeared in the mud, Lucy isn’t listening to Jude’s warning. Is tragedy waiting in the wings?

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