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Monday, 18 August 2014

Review: Crash

Author: Nicole Williams

Genre: Contemporary / Romance
Release date: First published July 2012
Target audience: New Adult
Publisher: UK Paperback Simon and Schuster
Publisher: Ebook edition Harpercollins

Crash is a contemporary romance. It’s a story of first impressions and the truth behind them. It’s a sweet love story.

Lucy has recently moved with her family to their lake shore cabin after losing their family home. She’s trying to make the best of it but things at home are difficult. She’s not looking forward to starting her final year of school at a new tough school either. As she reads on the beach, her attention is grabbed by a muscular young man playing a game of football. It’s the beginning of a friendship which could break them both in two.
This was not the most well written of novels. It’s definitely a guilty pleasure read rather than a thought-provoking one. I did enjoy it though. I was smiling while reading it. It’s sort of like I read it with one eyebrow raised the whole way through.

There were some things that didn’t quite work for me. The first is that Lucy and Jude seem to connect a bit too quickly. I’m not convinced that someone who has suffered as much as Jude would let someone enter his life so easily and so whole-heartedly. It seemed almost instantaneous. Then there’s the fact that Lucy was so passionate about dancing. At least we’re told that but we’re never really shown it. There just aren’t enough scenes with her actually dancing and feeling the movements and the music.

Having said all that, I wanted to know how it ended and I really wanted them to be together by the end of the novel. I read it really quickly too. So if you like a quick romantic read, then give it a go. I preferred Easy by Tammara Webber. There was more substance to that new adult novel and the writing was less cheesy. But hey, I did have fun reading Crash and I kind of want to know what happens next. Guilty pleasure, indeed.

Source: Bought and read on my Kobo.

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