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Crash Paperback – December 18, 2012
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From the Back Cover
Fickle. Explosive. A hazard to girls everywhere. Lucy Larson, meet Jude Ryder.
Being the new kid is the last thing Lucy wanted for her senior year, especially after her hot encounter with Southpointe's bad boy Jude Ryder has her labeled a slut on her first day. But her sights are set on becoming a ballerina, and she won't let anything get in her way. Until she stumbles into Jude again.
Jude's got a rap sheet—an actual rap sheet—that runs longer than a senior thesis and moods that swing from delectable to dangerous. He's had his name sighed, shouted, and cursed by who knows how many girls. He'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 smeared in the mud, Lucy isn't listening to Jude's warning. Is tragedy waiting in the wings?
About the Author
Nicole Williams, author of Crash, Clash, Crush, The Eden Trilogy, and The Patrick Chronicles, is a wife, a mom, and a writer who believes in true love, kindred spirits, and happy endings. Nicole currently lives with her family in Spokane, Washington.
Top customer reviews
Actual rating: 3.5
Damn it! Here's yet another book that has me all mixed up and conflicted. I can't decide if I'm coming or going. I loved the dialogue, the banter, the repostee, it was hysterical and smart... but WHY?????? did Nicole Williams have to shove Jude over the city limits from broodingtown into @ssholeville?? WHY?? He had me, he really did, I squeed and swooned. Then I got pissed and my love affair was over. He won me over a couple more times, but not in the way he had in the beginning. I get damage, I get rage and struggle. I get those things. But what I don't get is treating a woman like property. What I don't understand is how it's okay to punch you're way through life and then calling it something benign, like honor or integrity. What I don't comprehend is how a woman, who was so clearly smart and independent, wouldn't call BS on that.
Aside from these annoyances, the plot meandered a bit, it sometimes even strayed into absurd. HOWEVER, if you love witty banter (which I do) and you love a really, real bad boy (meh), than this is your book, because it has all that.
Crash was an easy read. Nicole Williams, while I don't necessarily like how she painted her characters, does know how to keep the momentum going and keep the reader engaged. Altogether, it was a decent read, not awesome, not bad... decent. Admittedly, I already have Clash and am interested to see where it goes (that must mean something, right?) so I'm moving on to that. I hope she does these characters justice, as they had many elements I loved, and gives them a chance to shine.
All said: a perfect beach read.
Crash was your typical bad boy falls for good girl and vice versa but what made this one so different was that the characters were witty and both Lucy and Jude had depth to their characters and I found myself emotionally invested in their relationship. Lucy was still dealing with her brothers murder and the impact it had on her family and both her parents changing into the worst, while Jude lives in a group home, his father is in prison, and the police know him on a first name basis.
I wanted to badly give this a five star but the secondary characters weren't as developed as I would have liked them especially since they did play a role in Jude and Lucy's relationship and contributed to them breaking up.
Overall I really really really enjoyed reading Crash and regret having let it just sit around for so long but I'm not making that mistake again I'll be picking up the next book very soon since I have to see how things play out with the two.
"You're letting the fairy tales you grew up with cloud your mind. Love isn't easy. Especially the really good kind. It's difficult, and you'll want to rip your hair out just as many days as you'll feel the wind at your back. . . . But it's worth it. It's worth fighting for. Don't let what isn't real blind you to what is. Life isn't perfect, we aren't perfect, so why should we expect love to be? . . . Love is what brings you together, Lucy. But it's the blood, sweat, and tears of hard work that keeps you together, . . . Love isn't just about flowers, candlelight, and romance, sweetheart. It's hard work, and trust, and tears, and misery. But at the end of each day, if you can still look at the person at your side and can't imagine anyone else you'd rather have there, the pain and heartache and the ups and downs of love are worth it."