April 1, 2013

Crash - Lisa McMann

Young Adult
Pages: 256
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Goodreads / Amazon

If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of four books from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy.

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.

So, this was awesome. I will list why:
  • Obviously, the whole vision-that-will-happen bit gave the book an unputdownable factor that was just too much. I've used "unputdownable" with several books, but like, sneaking in a few reading minutes during the Walking Dead season finale? That will tell you just how "unputdownable" this was... For me, that is.
  • Takes place in the outskirts of Chicago, in a family-owned pizza place where Jules works/lives/lives for, basically. Family dynamics were brilliant. 
  • Such an awesomely fresh and spot-on voice! I've loved many of Lisa's books but none have quite made me fall in love with the literary voice as much as this one. My favorite character was Jules. She rocks. 
  • The unashamed crush Jules has from page 1 (almost) was utterly realistic yet I dont think many books portray it just as cheesy/idiotic as it is when you're a teen. Lisa did. It was super cool. 
  • The simple zero-drama-about-it way that homosexuality is portrayed. It's just taken for granted, never mentioned. Like it's just the most normal thing in the world. As it should be. Bravo!
  • Trey, Trey, Trey. 
  • Sawyer, Sawyer.
  • Meatball-topped food-truck? ROFL.
  • The fact that poor Jules couldn't make a joke. Again, just so realistic!
  • Most awesome siblings relationships ever.
  • Finally a book where no one just magically believes the paranormal factor. 
Overall, this is a must read in my book. There's just no way that you wont enjoy it. 


  1. Yay, I'm glad you liked it!! I've been wanting to read this since it came out... I'm glad that it's addicting, I like those kinds of books. I wasn't the biggest fan of Wake, but I wanted to give this book a shot... and I think I will. Thanks!

  2. I really liked this one, too. In fact, I think it's my favorite Lisa McMann book of all!

  3. LOL. Okay, clearly I need to read this one. It's definitely a book I've been interested in. Thanks for the list of awesome!


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