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Crash (Visions Book 1) by [McMann, Lisa]
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From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up-Jules Demarco never knows when or where the vision of the explosion will appear. She's seen it on billboards, windows, the TV at home, and anywhere there is a flat surface. The vision is always the same: a truck running into a building and exploding, then nine body bags laid out. She gets a glimpse of one face-Sawyer Angotti-son of a rival pizzeria-owning family and Jules's secret crush. Not sure what to do, she thinks the first thing is to warn Sawyer that his life is in danger. Too bad her family has forbidden her to talk to him. As the vision appears more frequently, Jules is certain she's supposed to figure out the when and where of the explosion and stop it from happening. In the process, her family believes that she's starting down the same slippery slope her father and grandfather have been on. The story is told from Jules's point of view, which gives readers access to her thought processes and the vision itself. It alternates between seriousness and humor as she describes life at school and working in the family's pizzeria. As with her "Wake" series (S & S), McMann has created a strong female character determined to do what she must. An excellent first book in a new series.-Natalie Struecker, Rock Island Public Library, ILα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Sixteen-year-old Jules Demarco sees a vision, first on billboards and then everywhere: a snowplow crashes into a building causing it to explode, and then there are nine body bags. “It’s like a movie trailer with no sound, no credits. And nobody sees it but me.” Jules’ mission—once she puts aside issues of her own sanity—is to figure out when and where the accident is happening and try to prevent it. Mixed in is a long-standing family rivalry with the Agottis, owners of the other Italian restaurant in town (the DeMarcos live above their restaurant), and Jules’ forbidden love for classmate Sawyer Agotti. The popular author of the Wake trilogy and Cryer’s Cross (2011) will please her large fan base with this readable mystery, which has suspense, romance, and strong supporting characters in Jules’ siblings, Trey and Rowan. While the plot is a little slow to start, it speeds up enough midway through to ensure readers will be flipping the pages. The unexpected ending will leave many in disbelief and anticipating the second book in the series. Grades 7-10. --Ann Kelley

Product Details

  • File Size: 2950 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (January 8, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 8, 2013
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088P0K2C
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,524 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By K. Dieng on December 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
Given the high reviews, I thought this was another "youth" book that was of high enough quality to appeal to adults (i.e. in the vein of the Twilight series, The Hunger Games or Chaos Walking). And, without spending too much of anyone's time, it's not. High quality writing, that is (it's mostly short, choppy sentences). Nor is it a complicated story. Nor does it have in-depth characters.

The story is a very basic one. Girl has a premonition that the boy she likes is going to die. She spends the whole book trying to warn him and thence prevent prevent the premonition from becoming reality. I think this would have made a good short story for young readers. But the book basically has the main character, Jules, constantly replaying her premonition of a vehicle accident, followed by an explosion, over and over and yes... over again. That's seventy-five percent of the book. Throw in at least a little character development surrounding Jules and her family, and Jules's love interest Sawyer, and then the main "event" at the end of the book and you have the whole story in a nutshell.

I'm not giving the book one star because I didn't dislike the book. And, to be fair, a pre-teen might like the story. But I really can't imagine the story being developed enough to appeal to anyone over the age of 12. I remember reading books when I was 13 that I could not easily fit into the school's book report format of "write a paragraph describing the book's plot." This book *would* fit in that simple format. But that's just my opinion.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm probably not the right one to be writing this. Tina and I daily email each other discussing who loves Lisa McMann more. That being said, my local bookstore happened to get their shipment in early. Because of this and the fact that I pre-ordered the book, I got to pick my copy up on Friday and quickly devoured it. Actually the only thing I stopped for was having to drive home, eat dinner, and watch part of The Shining with my parents.

Really, the book was that good. I couldn't put it down. Of course I quickly finished (I'm a fast reader, my friends complain about it) and then got upset because the next one isn't out yet. When I was reading McMann's Wake series, what I was thrilled about was I read the first two the weekend before the third one came out so I had no real waiting for the series. This is different; the second book doesn't come out until October. Although that's only 10 months and not a year. I understand it could be worse.

Crash is the story of Jules, snarky, sarcastic, bitter Jules whose voice often seems like my own. Jules does not have an easy life. First of all, she is a teenager who has to drive a truck with giant balls on the top of it. They're meatballs, but still, they are balls. Jules does appreciate the good puns that come out of having to drive the truck. Second, her father has...his problems. He is a hoarder. He's a neat hoarder, but he still hoards. McMann is not new to writing conditions such as hoarding, with a previous book of her featuring OCD. Jules' mother and father own the family business, an Italian eatery (hence the balls) and the hoarding affects the family business. Jules, however, deals with it. She isn't on her own, she has a younger quirky sister and an awesome older brother. Her older brother, by the way, is gay.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a paranormal story with shades of romeo and juliet. Instead of the Montagues and Capulets, we have the DeMarcos and the Angottis, two Italian families running rival Italian restaurants with a long history of bad blood between them. So, of course, Jules DeMarco falls hard for Sawyer Angotti, but it's impossible for it to work. Okay, somewhere like a million stories have tramped down this well trodden road before. What makes this story different is that Jules has a recurring vision that a terrible accident is going to happen, leading to the deaths of many Angottis, including Sawyer. So, most of the story is consumed with her trying to find a way to overcome the interfamily animosity and prevent the tragedy. Along the way, she finds out exactly what happened in the past that led to the families hating each other so much. This part felt a little weird and contrived, but it's not a big deal in the story. The ending could have been better, but I'll hang in there for the next book. This is a short, fast read, almost a novella. A little more depth and complexity to the plot could have made this a really great story, but it's not bad.
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Jules Demarco is having a vision. People are going to die, including someone she really cares about. Does it mean anything? Is this something she's supposed to keep from happening? Is she losing her mind? What should she do?

Mystery involving a vision and impending danger - I expected this book to grab me immediately and keep me on the edge of my seat. That did not happen. For quite a while, the story kept going over the same things. I know this is because Jules was trying to figure out how to deal with the vision, but I was reading about body bags and someone's "dead face" too much. I needed to move past all of that. Things got somewhat interesting more than halfway through, but nothing about this story was as fascinating as I hoped.

Jules: She used too much profanity. Also, "Dear dog", "Thank the dogs" and "I swear to dog" - I'm not sure what that was.

I purchased Crash, Bang (Visions), and Gasp (Visions), because I was intrigued by the synopses and the covers are stunning. I'm hopeful that I will enjoy Book Two more.
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