Author: Lisa McMann
Published: Simon Pulse | Jan 8, 2013
Genre: Paranormal, YA
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If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of three books from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy.Review:
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 trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality.
McMann won me over with her Wake trilogy, so I had really high hopes for Crash when it came out earlier this year. Unfortunately, I'm the type of person who wouldn't read a book if it doesn't have majority of stellar reviews and I was a little disappointed when that didn't happen with Crash. But since I had already requested Bang and was approved for it later, I had to read this series, and I have to say that I went in expecting the worst, but ended up loving this book more than ever. Crash has truly left me in awe, I loved how the visions were handled, I loved how every character had a unique personality, I loved the family dynamics and most importantly, I loved the fluid writing. My only criticism is regarding the length of the book, I wish it was cut short because there was too much waiting and not a lot of action. If it were a novella or short story, I have no doubt that Crash would be one of my favorite paranormal/supernatural reads.
Crash is titled very appropriately since it's about Jules having visions of some car crash that leaves a bunch of dead people in it's wake. Initially Jules is not too concerned about the visions, she's not even convinced if those are some sort of premonition or just her mind playing some sick games. As time passes and her visions become more clearer, Jules realizes the importance of her knowledge and starts forming a plan to possibly save the lives of those dead people. I really liked Jules, she was very easy to connect to, had no issues with anyone and was overall a very good, quite and "lost in her own world" sort of girl. Very different from what I'd usually encountered in other reads, but nevertheless a memorable and enjoyable character. Though I felt a little off by her too obsessive nature towards Sawyer. Jules and Sawyer have been best friends since kindergarden and even after they stopped communicating because of their parents rivalry, Jules never stopped loving Sawyer. I get that she was so "in love" with Sawyer but I believe a few flashback would've really helped me understand where Jules was coming from at every point. At times, the too much attraction from Jules' side felt like an overkill, especially when Sawyer's reaction wasn't the same.That being said, I really enjoyed the growth Sawyer showed in his character and I was so proud of him in the end.
All in all, Crash was a fun afternoon read. I loved how easy it was to get in the story and let it entertain us for few hours. Granted that it didn't require any thinking on my part, I still enjoyed how simplistically the visions were handled. There wasn't any scientific explanation or such for Jules' condition, it was something that happened to her randomly. If you're looking for a light paranormal read with a contemporary feel, look no further, Crash most definitely fits the bill.
PS: Oh, also I completely forgot about this, but the one thing that really annoyed me was the excessive use of the word dog as a substitute for God. Ex: "Oh My Dog", "Dear Dog", "Thank Dog" ?!?!? That's the best you could come up with? I really hope this doesn't continue in Bang or I'll be majorly pissed.