Saturday, December 1, 2012

Crash - Williams, Nicole

Young Adult, New Adult, Fiction, Romance
3 out of 5 stars
Kindle, 215 pages

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.
  (From Goodreads)

What a roller coaster! First I liked the charcters, then hated them for a while, then found them silly. But by the end I liked the characters, especially Jude. He grew from hating himself and life, to learning that the past doesn't define your future.

Not sure how much Lucy grew, or if she grew at all. But she did learn to stop feeling guilty for the death of her brother. Which is something.

Although I was annoyed at how all the guys were drooling over her, and I'm not even sure if she thought of herself as very pretty. Although she did excert an heir of confidence, and she didn't take any crap from anyone, especially Jude when they first met. She didn't like how arrogant he was, although she was still very attracted to him, based soley on his bad boy looks and attitude. The fact that she did her best to resist him was something.  And she had a mouth! She didn't let guys walk all over her! What a refreshing change.

I felt so bad for Lucy's father, a shell of his former self, because of the death of his son and collapse of his company. Hated the mother, never met someone so cold in my life.

A roller coaster of a book, and I'm glad that there will be more in the series. Lucy and Jude had a pretty belivable love story, and I'm glad that Jude grew as a character because of Lucy. I liked that he was protective, but not in the overly creepy Edward way. He just didn't want to see the girl he loved get hurt.

There was a nice twist that threw a wrench into their relationship, but they are strong enough in the end to over come what happened in each of their pasts, reconcile with each other and stay with each other. I'm sure in the other books there will be a lot more in store for the two of them to overcome together.

Overall a pretty good story, although I think the love between Jude and Lucy was a bit instant at first, but they spent time together, and solidified their relationship, even though it got really rocky at some points, the couple breaking up a few times, but they always got back togther.

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