Saturday, February 02, 2013

REVIEW: Crash by Lisa McMann

Title: Crash
Author: Lisa McMann
Genre: Paranormal, Young-Adult
Series: Visions #1

Hardcover, 256 pages

Publication: January 8, 2013

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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.

Julie ‘Jules’ Demarco is a sophomore in high school,  She doesn’t go out much or fusses over party, clothes, or make-up like most sixteen-year-olds her age instead she spends most of time working at the family restaurant, an Italian-pizzeria. Jules sees a crash scene over and over everywhere she goes, whether it is on the billboards, TV, or the computer screen. It’s always the same vision, a yellow truck crashing into a building and 9 body bags… the scene no more than 5 seconds long. Jules has this nagging feel that she’s suppose to do something about it, but not sure what since the scene isn’t long enough to decipher.  

As the days go by Jules is bombarded with more of the crashing scene and she finally saw something she missed the first time around, the last body bag is open showing the face of one of the victim…it’s Sawyer Angotti, the boy she loved since the second grade. She plans on warning Sawyer but she hasn’t spoken to him since the seventh grade, their parents been at war with one another way before they were even born.  Putting family matters aside, Jules tells sawyer about her visions but of course he thinks she’s nuts. Jules is determined to stop the event before it happens even if she’s lurking around the Angotti restaurant like a stalker.

This is my first McMann book, and I loved it! Crash is a young-novel but by the tone and writing style of the book it’s leaning more on the younger side of YA…but I’m not complaining! The book is narrated by Jules as readers go along for the ride as she pieces the crash clues together, trying to figure out the exact date and time the crash is suppose to happen. The book starts out immediately with Jules visions and the suspense takes off from page one and doesn’t let up till the end. I really like Jules, and although she can be odd at times, she isn’t afraid to be different and doesn’t care about what other people think about her.  Jules makes these funny “5 reasons why lists” that can be found throughout the book that had me cracking up…oh the life of a teenager! Then there’s Jules’ siblings Trey and Rowan, such fun siblings and they all work together at the family restaurant. I really enjoyed their interaction with each other, and how cool is that they all go to the same school? Trey is sixteen months older than Jules and Rowan is sixteen months younger, kind of neat to have siblings so close in age. 

The ending was quite a surprise, I know this is the beginning of the Vision series…so of course IF Jules does stop the event from happening (READ the book to find out! :D) the visions will continue but the last page really took it into another direction, and I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next book. Also I hope the author explains more on WHY the visions occur the way it does. Bottom line, Crash is a great start to a new series with fun characters and a plot full of suspense, family rivalry and star-crossed lovers. With the mention of star-crossed lovers, Sawyer and Jules relationship had a ‘Romeo and Juliet’ feel to it and wonder if that was intentionally? A fun-light read, highly recommend it!

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