Crash by Lisa McMann
Posted by Caitie F on May 21, 2013
Summary from pub:
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.
I went in to reading this book hoping it would be an exciting story and a sweet romance. And that is what I got, mostly.
I really liked Jules and her family. They felt like an actual family, which is always good to see. I also thought McMann showed mental illness and the effect on the people around someone dealing with depression. It also showed how scary it is to see the possibility of it happening to you. In the end, I think this is what I liked most about the book and I hope that more young adult authors look at mental illness in a realistic way and it helps end the stigma.
Back to the story though – it is exciting and suspenseful. Will I ever reread the book? No, it is a true suspense novel in that way. Even though I liked the characters, it isn’t enough to make me come back to this book. There is a sequel coming out this fall that I will probably read, but it doesn’t sound as good.
The book really would get 3.5 stars because I didn’t really get the romance. It wasn’t insta-love which is always a plus, especially when life and death is involved, but the word love is thrown around way too much when people aren’t even together. No Jules, you don’t love him, you haven’t even been friends for the past 4 years. You lust after him. You are infatuated with him. Not love. /endrant.
I would still recommend it as long as that won’t completely drive you nuts. It is a good suspense book with some humor and good characters.