Thursday, September 13, 2012

Review- Crash by Nicole Williams

Goodreads Summary-

Southpointe High is the last place Lucy wanted to wind up her senior year of school. Right up until she stumbles into Jude Ryder, a guy whose name has become its own verb, and synonymous with trouble. He's got a rap sheet that runs longer than a senior thesis, has had his name sighed, shouted, and cursed by more women than Lucy dares to ask, and lives at the local boys home where disturbed seems to be the status quo for the residents. Lucy had a stable at best, quirky at worst, upbringing. She lives for wearing the satin down on her ballet shoes, has her sights set on Juilliard, and has been careful to keep trouble out of her life. Up until now. 

Jude's everything she needs to stay away from if she wants to separate her past from her future. Staying away, she's about to find out, is the only thing she's incapable of. 

For Lucy Larson and Jude Ryder, love's about to become the thing that tears them apart.


I'm not really sure how to rate this book. There were some parts which I liked and some parts which made me want to roll my eyes. The book is filled with cliches and I was expecting something different and more realistic from Crash because that is what the blurb indicated.

In Crash, Lucy Larson is the new girl at school for her senior year and can't wait for graduation to get everything over with. Then she meets Jude Ryder the resident bad boy and falls for him. The thing that put me off in the beginning of the book was the whole insta love happening between Luce and Jude. I mean they've just met for a few hours and she starts declaring her love for him. Then she realizes how bad Jude would be for her and rejects him. Obviously the boy who's never been rejected by the female species can't take it and he chases her while warning her to stay away from him.

Luce as an individual character came off as smart and a girl with her head on her shoulders. But where Jude was concerned that was clearly not the case. She claimed to be a feminist and ended up doing everything exactly the opposite of it. Jude was the typical tortured hero with a rotten past and life. He had lots of anger issues. He also definitely had his swoonworthy moments but the other parts of the book eclipsed it.

Most of the time what Luce and Jude said and did was completely different. All this made the characters seem like hypocrites to me. But it was not all bad. The romance though super fast definitely had its cute moments. The dialogue between Jude and Luce flowed and the book was an easy read. Luce's family problems and Jude's situation was well written and justified the characters.

The twist in the end was unsatisfying and completely unnecessary. The whole misunderstanding just made Luce look immature and shallow. Also, I thought the book was about dance and Luce aiming for Julliard but we get to see very little of that. The focus is on the relationship. Overall it was an okay read. Nothing amazing and nothing new. There are several better Young Adult reads out there so you should definitely think twice before reading it.

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