October 18, 2013

Review: Crash by Nicole Williams

October 18, 2013
Lucy Larson is just looking for one last fling before school starts and sets her eyes on Jude Ryder at the lake. It turns out that Jude isn't looking for anything more than that either. Then something occurs that sends Jude in jail before they get one last goodnight in for the summer.

These polar opposites have more in common than they anticipated, and end up falling in love. That is until they find out that they share more than the band their names derived from, but their pasts are interwoven with each other. Can they get past that, or will it tear them apart?

Title: Crash
Series: Crash #1
Author: Nicole Williams
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: December 18, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
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Jude Ryder and Lucy Larson are this generation's Romeo and Juliet: Explosive. Sizzling. Tragic.

A steamy summer encounter with bad boy Jude means trouble for Lucy. Her sights are set on becoming a ballerina, and she won't let anything get in her way . . . except Jude.

He's got a rap sheet, dangerous mood swings, and a name that's been sighed, shouted, and cursed by who knows how many girls.

Jude'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 destroyed, Lucy's not listening to Jude's warning. Is tragedy waiting in the wings? This racy romance is hot, hot, hot!

Lucy and Jude are bold upon first meeting each other. Lucy does things to get his attention, and Jude straddles her while she's suntanning lakeside. I like that they can be neck and neck with each other and challenge, never backing down from the start. It's like they've met their match. They're both just looking for a summer fling before senior year starts, but little do they know is that they will fall much deeper than that. Jude may seem like another bad boy stereotype, and he is for the most part, but at school he's either feared or lusted. He's demanding as he is sexy. He's been thrown in a jail cell more times than you can count on two hands. Not something you want to mess with unless you want to get burned.

Poor Lucy in the sky, as her dad calls her. Having to move to the family summer cabin by the lake permanently, no choice but to get pulled out of her private school due to limited funds, and transferring to a new public school, rumors about her have already been flying around before she walked through the school's metal detector upon the first day. It was predictable that Jude is also a student at said public school, but what wasn't was that Jude stepping in to defend Lucy's honor.

Lucy is hardly an irate of a character as others make her seem to be, however, when she jumped to conclusions that Jude was cheating on her no questions asked, it made me want to pull her ballerina bun out. Even more so when she agreed to go out with Sawyer right after. I understand that people hate to be disrespected by being played with and cheated on, but it's wise to gets the facts straight before you throw away something special just because your assumptions got the best of you.

Jude really grew up throughout the story thanks to our leading lady. He surprised me as much as he broke mine and Lucy's hearts. There were plenty of times where Jude flipped my bitch switch like nothing else for the things he said and done to Lucy. He claims that he is incapable of walking away from Lucy, yet he blows up in her face and tells her to leave him "the hell alone." All the fast trigger temper aside, Jude has his redeeming qualities. Everyone makes mistakes and deals with things their own way, but Jude wants to put his delinquent days behind him and move forward with his life with Lucy. I think it's important to have someone there for you to open your eyes and see the world differently, and make you desire to change your ways for the better. Someone who challenges you, calls you out on your bull, flip your perspective on the world, and someone who breaks down your walls and sees through your facade, understands it and accepts all of you for who you are. Jude went from the broken, womanizing, rebelling resident bad boy who doesn't do dates, relationships, and gifts to a committed boyfriend with a promising future at Syracuse. 

I can't say I didn't see their pasts are interwoven before they realized it because I had a feeling it would be. As my intuition was correct, how involved their pasts were and how it all went to hell came as a surprise. Needless to say I shed a tear or two.

As much as a shut-in her dad may seem, he's got a lot of insight and words of wisdom to share. Lucy's mom, however, took a while to warm up to and still is in this book. I'm guessing it'll be that way for the rest of the series.

Through all the angst, humor, tears and heartaches, you can learn a lot from each of the characters about the outlook on life, love and loss. I'm afraid to continue the series because I think how this book ended was perfect. I assure a HFN as far as Crash goes. But without a doubt, I know they'll get through the rest of the series together. At least, I hope they do. Love that's meant to be, can conquer all.

About the author
Nicole Williams. I'm a wife, a mom, a writer. I started writing because I loved it and I'm still writing because I love it. I write young adult because I still believe in true love, kindred spirits, and happy endings. Here's to staying young at heart *raises champagne glass* . . . care to join me?
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