Sunday, January 27, 2013
Crash by Lisa McMann
Crash by Lisa McMann
If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of four books from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy.
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 series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality.
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
CRASH falls on the younger side of the YA spectrum and this is what might account for the unfailing willingness on her part to put herself out there for him… and embarrass herself in doing so. “Ayayay” is all I can say, with the unabashed declarations she kept making; the same had me cringing on her behalf, worse they simply had me doubting the authenticity of her feelings. It seemed highly unlike these statements from her especially with the background she’s so clearly laid out. Was the desperation pouring out of her? It seemed like it to me. With him in her mind, I found myself liking her less and less.
However, were one to put blinkers on over that, well, you just might enjoy this. Well, a little at least. The mysterious thing she’s to deal with is semi different of girl and visions of explosions and body bags. Different? Why not. It’s been ages since I’ve read one of these. So, yes, it was different.
Now, it’s too bad that’s about the only that’s different here. Otherwise, we’ve a rather average story of a girl who’s painfully awkward and saying some of the oddest things. But she’s sweet girl despite; sweet on account of how she is in her family that’s just as odd as she is. And all that’s OK, too, because each their oddities is one they all embraced or at least let slide by. Take the mother who’s all smiles all the time even when not need be or the father who’s sad and bitter and even less adjusted than the girl lead. Their oddness is there, true… and even embraced, yup… but sadly, they’re all caricatures of what they could be. Trey who’s the sweet and present and funny brother is just that and nothing more; then good ole’ little sister who’s almost perfect when contrasted to Jules is just that and nothing more. There’s nothing more to any of them… when you can tell there could be more. It’s even hinted at with the siblings together, but those moments get subsumed under visions and Jules need to do something about the visions. This so, even when her “who” read like a waste of space. Why bother at all? When she’d so clearly laid out the what-of and who, how and when, and still the pining?! Seriously, it boils down to holding a torch for douchy kind of guy, even though said douchy dude was being douchy for a reason… it’s what you do and not why you do it that counts for me, but that’s me… and this girl… well, this girl, is, apparently, not of the same philosophy.
And then there’s more on the family aspect, too. Their odd ball nature took an even odder hue with the Romeo-Juliet style family feud going on. And it’s that bit that pushed this story into the “too young to be taken seriously kind of story” category for me. Read it for the fun of it and not for the deep, deep thoughts you’re unlikely to have while doing so it. Of course, there’s also a why that revealed here, making less squinty –say-what as I was reading it but, still family feud? That’s one drama too many!
I did like that this was funny though… her alone with her thoughts and her lists then her with her brother and sister… she could be a funny kid who sticks out whilst driving with a pair of giant meat balls on her truck. So, funny? Yup. But it’s also a bit too obvious at times… yes, that too. I liked some of it, then disliked some other parts of it.
Also that ending has me thinking of that really sucky Lohan movie years back, the one with all the kissing and the swapping of fates. And I don’t know what to think of that parallel. No, wait! I do! That is, I didn’t like it.
It was funny when it counted, but otherwise so-so…
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