I guess all of you know that we are the biggest fans of Katie McGarry! We fell in love (deeeeeply) in love with Pushing The Limits, then we fell in love with Katie herself, then with all her other books.
Now, we are soo freaking excited being part of the Crash Into You Blog Tour! And… even though we love all her books, we think she outdid herself with CRASH INTO YOU! Seriously, you need to read it!
As part of the Blog Tour, we have something very special post for you. We actually talked to a fellow Blogger, Friend and Fan of Katie and her books about CRASH INTO YOU. So, please welcome the wonderful Rachel @fiktshun for a wonderful chat about the Aweomenness that is CRASH INTO YOU.
It was absolutely incredibly chatting with Rachel. I love and admire her deeply and she’s just a wonderful person, so it was more than exciting talking with her about our shared love for Katie and Crash Into You!
Rachel, thank you so much for coming here at the Bookworms today and talk about Crash Into You with us!
Thank you so much for having me. I am so excited to be talking about CRASH INTO YOU!
When we first meet Isaiah in Pushing The Limits he left such an intense impression and all through Dare You To my heart broke for him. Were you also hoping that he would end up with Beth in the beginning?
I loved Isaiah from the moment I read about him and my heart did go out to him, but I never wanted him to have a happy ending with Beth. I liked Beth a lot, but I always wanted someone for Isaiah who thought he was amazing, not someone who could possibly/maybe/might fall in love with him. I always thought he deserved someone whose heart beat a little faster whenever he was around. And I just knew that would never be Beth.
In Pushing The Limits and Dare You To we see an Isaiah so clearly in love with Beth. How did the shift of his affections to Rachel feel to you?
I am someone who thinks you can never get over your first true love. And I still believe that. In reality and in fiction. I just don’t think what he had with Beth was true love. It was love, but it was one-sided. Beth never claimed to love him back the way he loved her. And without that connection, it made it easier for me to accept him developing feelings for Rachel. It made me happy for him.
If he spent all his time pining over Beth I wouldn’t have liked him as much. Or if she at some point decided to ditch Ryan and decide she wanted Isaiah, I would have been so mad if he dumped Rachel to be with her. So the shift, to me, felt right. It showed that while he loved Beth, he wasn’t totally hung up on her, even when he knew her feelings for him wouldn’t be the same. Oh, and it wasn’t an insta-love situation, so it felt natural for him to be moving on.
Rachel is a wonderful character, how would you describe her and what did you like most about her?
Rachel was awesome – and not just because of her name. J I would describe her as sweet and caring, maybe a bit of a people-pleaser, especially when it came to her family. But she had a bit of a wild side. So she was definitely not boring.
What did I like most about her? The fact that she didn’t judge Isaiah. Not for his looks, or his lifestyle. She accepted him and didn’t try to change who he was. She loved him for exactly who he was. Well, except for maybe that “glitch” in his personality about being overly protective. But that also showed that she had a backbone and strength, which wasn’t completely obvious at the beginning of the story.
Can I also say that I love that she knows cars? I think it’s totally cool that she wasn’t a girlie-girl.
Questions of strengths and weaknesses play a big role in the themes of this book. What would you say Isaiah’s and Rachel’s biggest strengths and weaknesses are?
They do play a huge part in this story and in all the stories in this series. It’s one of the aspects to this series I love the most. And wow, this is a tough question.
But I’m going to talk about Rachel first because she’s a bit easier. Her biggest weakness is her need to please her family and her fear of standing up for herself. They cast her into a role from the moment she was born, and she chose to live up to that role so as not to upset her mother, father and brothers. She hurt herself in the process, both physically and mentally.
On the flip side of that is her compassion and caring, which are her greatest strengths. She didn’t just care for her family’s well-being, but for Isaiah’s. She didn’t let him take the fall, carry the burden for her mistake. She didn’t abandon him when she could have so easily done so.
Isaiah’s strength is that he’s a survivor. His strength is what helped Beth get by and it’s what kept him going when he could so easily have given up. Life was not easy for him, but instead of letting himself be the victim, he built himself up and learned how to survive without a family for support.
His strength is also his weakness. He’s built up such a wall around himself and doesn’t want to let anyone in. He doesn’t want to be abandoned like he was with his mom, and even Beth. It makes him overly protective of himself and of Rachel. And instead of looking to his friends for help, he tries to go it alone, which made everything so much harder.
Isaiah has a number of tattoos that have deep meaning to him. Do you have any tattoos or do you plan on getting any?
I have three tattoos. They don’t hold deep meaning for me, though. Not that they were frivolous. They’re just not overly symbolic. One of the three tattoos I want to get will be. But I’m not quite ready to get it yet. I have to find exactly the right artist to ink me.
I have a tribal rose on my shoulder/back (my first). I love that tat, but always forget I have it, since I never see it. I have a small blue heart/rose… elsewhere… and I have a larger heart with tribal thorns on my thigh.
I just love the way they look. So it was more about having the art versus the symbolism. I was a bit older when I got them so it wasn’t about raging against life’s injustices that spurred me on.
But I want a memorial tattoo, a skeleton tattoo (most likely based on a drawing that Parajunkee made for me) and a lotus blossom. Then I’ll be done.
Rachel and Isaiah both bond over the love for cars. Do you also love cars and which is your favorite one?
I love cars, well classic cars. The Mustang Shelby GT 1965 is a nice one. I have always wanted a 1960s ‘Stang. I wouldn’t know the first thing about fixing it. But owning one would be awesome.
Many of the characters we’ve met in Pushing the Limits and Dare You To make an appearance in Crash Into You. Who are you most excited to see?
Noah, of course. CRASH INTO YOU is my favorite of the three stories, but I will forever love Noah.
Going on step further, we also meet tons of new characters in Crash Into You, and I especially loved Rachel’s big family full of brothers. Which of the boys you liked most?
Well, if we’re only talking totally new characters, I love Ethan. I know that West is getting his own story, but I’d love there to be a novella about Ethan and a certain character I shall not name.
But if we’re talking characters we’ve already sort of met, I really adore Isaiah’s new friend, too. The reckless one, who I don’t want to name either as that would be spoiler-y.
Could you describe your feelings for Crash Into You in one or two sentences and what did you love most about it?
There’s no way I could do this book justice in just one or two sentences. But I will try to keep things brief and just say that I loved this book. It’s my favorite of the trio. It was romantic, and heart-wrenching and sweet and fragile and beautiful. I loved the two characters and the dual POVs. I loved the added element of danger in this installment. My heart ached for what both Rachel and Isaiah were going through even more so than any of the other characters in this series.
I was so worried this book would feel formulaic, as it’s now the third book in the series, but it was anything but. The familiar style and characters made it that much easier to reconnect, to fall back in love with this series. And being introduced to new characters that expanded the world made me that much more excited for the next installment.
Thank you so much Rachel for chatting with us about Crash Into You!!! Thank you for your wonderful answers and we just loved to talk and gush about this wonderful book!
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About CRASH INTO YOU
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Release: November 26th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast laneThe girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind.Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.
About Katie McGarry
Katie was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.Katie is the author of the full-length Young Adult novels PUSHING THE LIMITS and DARE YOU TO, and the e-novella CROSSING THE LINE. Her debut novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS, is a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and an RT Book Reviews 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel.Writing has given Katie an excuse to pursue her passions. Research for her books has provided her with the amazing opportunity to train with baseball players, ride along in a drag car at ninety-six miles per hour and experience boxing and mixed martial arts. The most memorable moments for Katie are when she speaks to groups of teenagers about her research, writing and the truth that no dream is out of reach. Katie would love to hear from her readers.Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, at Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.
Novels by Katie McGarry
Pushing the Limits (available now)
Crossing the Line (e-novella, available now)
Dare You To (available June 2013)
Crash Into You coming November!
Find Direct Links to the post on the Official Tour Page
Tuesday, Nov. 5th – Fiktshun
Thursday, Nov. 7th – Swoony Boys Podcast
Tuesday, Nov. 12th – Bewitched Bookworms
Wednesday, Nov. 13th – Harlequin Blog
Thursday, Nov. 14th – Xpresso Reads
Tuesday, Nov. 19th – Supernatural Snark
Thursday, Nov. 21st – Paper Riot
Katie & Her Books @ The Bookworms
- Interview with Katie McGarry
- Why we love Katie McGarry’s Writing & Characters
- Interview with Katie’s Editor at HarlequinTEEN – Margo Lipschultz
- Crash Into You Teaser!!!
Find Dare You To and Pushing The Limits
- Dare You To: Goodreads | Amazon | Bookworms Fangirl Review
- Crossing the Line: Goodreads | Amazon | Bookworms Fangirl Review
- Pushing The Limits : Goodreads | Amazon | Bookworms Fangirl Review
- Pushing The Limits Deleted Scene
- Pushing The Limits Read-Along
- Dare You To Teaser
- Dare You To Blog Tour (Playlist and Scene Excerpt)
Thanks to HarlequinTEEN we can offer the chance to enter TWO giveaways! The first is for the chance win a copy of CRASH INTO YOU. The second is a Grand Prize Package: A Harlequin TEEN tote bag full of bookish goodies, 2 Copies of CRASH INTO YOU, PAWN, HOOKED, SPEECHLESS and an ARC of HEARTBEAT.
Giveaway open US/CAN and Entries via the Rafflecopter below!
That was such a wonderful Tour Stop! And … I hope you all will follow the Tour for some more exciting content, with Interviews with the Characters, with Katie and … with us!! Jenny from Supernatural Snark actually interviewed us the Bookworms and .. it’s been so much fun!
So, now share some love for Katie and her Books,
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Great interview! I find it very interesting that you interviewed a fellow blogger, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that done before! I read Pushing the Limits and LOVED it, so I definitely have to get my hands on Dare You Too and Crash Into You.
I absolutely adore Katie McGarry! I have been wanting to read to read Crash Into You so bad! Her writing is completely amazing and interesting, even “bewitching!” I love this series and can’t wait to read them all.
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I am a HUGE FAN of this series! I have been counting down the days until its released! Isaiah is my favorite book guy in like all the book world! I just LOVE him! Thanks for the opportunity to win! 🙂
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I can’t believe how much work it took to actually try and read Crash Into You before it’s BIG release. I was turn down by all publisher on Netgallery which I found strange since I’ve read Dare You To from Netgallery as well so I thought I would be most likely be approved. But nope and I was sad I really wanted to meet Isaiah and Rachel earlier, then I jump the hoop of asking on Edelweiss which I’ve only sign up for two months ago? So when I got the email after so many anagonzing weeks I Got it!
Oh wait . . . I was suppose to answer that blog question, well Fiktshun (Rachel) I love her honestly and not really trying to sugar coat it. I agree with her 100% on Beth and Isaiah not being a pair, I never got the vibe that they would be the coupling pair but I’m SO glad that Isaiah wasn’t left stuck in a little dark corner and we would never find out what happen to him.
Katie’s writing is amazing when it comes to a love story . . . two different half binding into one. I can’t wait to read more from her and meet new characters.
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I’ve liked Isaiah ever since PTL and liked him in DYT. I cannot wait to read CIY!
Thanks for the interview & giveaway!
I loved the interview. It’s nice that there are new characters showing up. Does this mean there will be many more books in the series? I hope so :). Thank you.
I too love classical cars, and I agree with Rachel with her picks! So glad they play a role in this book.
Katie McGarry rocks:)
I rarely love contemporary books. One of them is Katie’s!
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I read Dare You To before I even knew about Pushing the Limits (hate reading series books out of order, but what can you do?) and absolutely fell in love with her and her characters. They all feel so very real and I can picture everything in my head perfectly. I read Dare You To in one day, I could not just put it down! I’m very much excited to see Isaiah get his happy ending, especially after my heart broke for him during Dare You To!
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Thank you so much for hosting the blog tour, Danny. I absolutely love this! You guys are amazing! Love and hugs to all!
One of the reasons I love blogging is hearing about and commenting on how someone reacted to a book — especially a book I loved. And this was definitely one. Loved how Isaiah’s tats meant something to him. So many times, when you’re young, you don’t stop to think about how you’ll feel about tats in the long term but these work for Isaiah. Plus, they’re hot.
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Fun interview. I always love hearing other readers view points on things… gets me thinking 🙂
I was already a huge fan of this series but now you have me extra curious about all these new characters! So ready to read this!
I am reading this now and really enjoying it. Wonderful interview!!
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I seriously cannot wait to read this book! I just love Isaiah & so happy he finally gets his book!
I love her books!
Every time I read one of the books in this series I’m just floored. It’s SO good. I cannot wait for the next installment. OR see the cover 😉
I agree with Rachel’s thoughts about Beth and Isaiah! Although maybe not at first, I did eventually accept that they weren’t the ideal match that we could hope for. Now I’m really looking forward to Isaiah’s own story in Crash into You. Great interview! Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂
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I so excited for this, Thank you for the Giveaway!
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Thank you so much for the wonderful giveaway!
I’ve heard so many great reviews about Crash Into You! Looking forward to reading it! 😉
I’ve read and absolutely loved Katie McGarry’s first two books. They’re real in a way most YA/NA books aren’t. She writes so poetically it’s easy to immerse yourself in the characters and book. I’ve found myself surprised more than once when I noticed tears streaming down my face as I read. She’s just amazing.
I love Katie McGarry! All of the characters in this series are some of my all time favorites! What a great interview with Rachel 🙂 How fun! I love when bloggers do a post with other bloggers 🙂 Thanks for sharing Bookworms 🙂
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Thanks for the giveaway! I can’t wait to read Isaiah’s story. <3
Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Please enter me.
I felt SO bad for Isaiah in Dare You To! I mean, I knew that Beth belonged with Ryan but I just couldn’t help but feel for Isaiah. Then when I read an excerpt from Crash Into You and found out that the moment has come for some long-awaited Isaiah-time, I was STOKED. I don’t think I can adequately describe my excitement for this book to be released. Seriously. And I feel like EVERY book blogger I’ve heard from is getting everyone so HYPED about it because you all know it’s FANTASTIC, and one of THE most anticipated releases! I’m actually bouncing as I sit typing this comment out, that’s how thrilled I am about this book–OH THE SUSPENSE!
I’m with Rachel! I’d love to see Isaiah’s new friend’s story, and Ethan’s as well, much more than West. I liked West, but he didn’t seem too well-developed to me, as compared to the other two boys. Maybe one of the two will be book 5? 😉
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THANKS so much for the giveaway!!! I love ALL of Katie’s books and characters!!!
Thanks for the giveaway!!! I can’t wait to read Crash into You.
Unfortunately, I haven’t read the Pushing the Limits series yet, but it’s been getting rave reviews and it’s been buzzing about for so long that I know I have to read this series soon! Thank you for hosting this giveaway! 😀
I loved this series!! and this book sounds so good!!! Now i am so excited!!!
I love the first 2 books!
I just picked up a copy of Dare You To. I have finished Pushing the Limit and didn’t pay attention to Isaiah. Need to finish Dare You To. I do love Katie’s books after reading Pushing the Limit. She got me as a fan for her books.
Ahhhhhhhh! YAY!!!!! I loved this book so much, it’s so nice to read just how much Rachel loved too. Nothing makes me happier than when other people love a book I love as much as I do:) I agree completely on what she said about Isaiah in relation to Beth – if he’d pined for her still in the beginning of Crash Into You, it definitely would have made his feelings for Rachel harder to believe in, but I felt like that though he was hurt, he wasn’t hanging on to what could have been. Absolutely wonderful interview ladies!
I’ve only read Pushing the Limits but I really enjoyed it and I liked how the two broken characters came together to heal one another.
Thanks for the giveaway!
I am a new fan of this series. I literally just started Pushing The Limits last week and I cannot wait to find out what happens in every book!!
I love author interviews because I love the questions that are asked! My favourite part of this interview was seeing the author’s POV of her own characters and what they mean to her!
This book is on my TBR pile on goodreads, and I realllly want to read it! I’ve heard so many positive things about Katie McGarry and her books!
Oh this interview was not with Katie McGarry but with a fellow Blogger Rachel (fiktsun). It was our way to fangirl over the book and Katie McGarry 😉
And yes Katie is amazing and if you haven’t read her book yet then you should definitely start a soon as you can. You won’t be disappointed.
Great interview! I really loved Pushing the Limits, so I’m excited to read Katie’s other books as well. And I’ve only heard great things about the most recent two.
The choice to interview a fellow blogger gave it a feel like I was visiting an online book club I enjoyed it. I also enjoy your bewitched bookworm blog!! I cant wait to read Crash Into You. I love all Katie McGarry’s work!!
I skipped the parts of the interview that talked about the books because I haven’t read them yet. My sister has the first in the series and I hope to read it soon. It’s nice to see that all have good reviews so if I like the first book, there’s a good chance I’ll like the ones that follow!
I need this book soooooo badly! 😉 I hope I can understand the car talk in the book. I’m totally inept when it comes to vehicles…
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Interesting info about the tattoos
So very excited about this book, getting to see more of Isaiah and see him meet his match. And we get to see Noah again? Perfect.
Is it just me, or does it seem fitting that the winner of this giveaway happens to be named Rachael? CONGRATS, girl, enjoy it!