Crash by Nicole Williams
I’m not really sure why everyone is determined to call every Young Adult book The New Twilight or The New Beautiful Disaster. Not all books have to be like others, and yet people keep trying to attach the Beautiful Disaster label to this one. I didn’t find them all that similar, and I think it does Nicole Williams a disservice to imply she has to write a certain way in order to produce a good book!
I liked the (nice, long) sample of this book a lot, and bought it immediately. The chemistry between Lucy and Jude was strong from the start. I also liked that when Jude committed a crime there were actually consequences. I’ve become tired of all the criminal heroes who get away with everything from theft to attempted murder in so called teen “romances”!
I was also very happy that Crash was better-edited than the last few books I’ve read. I wasn’t cringing at all the you’re-your and there-their mix-ups with this book, which made reading a much more pleasant experience!
For an aspiring ballerina, Lucy didn’t seem to care at all about her diet, her weight, or her training. She never took an actual ballet class – jumping around the studio on your own once or twice a week is not how you train for a dance career. You need proper training with a proper teacher, and you need to do it for hours a day, six days a week. I have no idea how Lucy had time for boyfriends, cheerleading, school clubs and endless parties! If only my ballet training had been that easy!
I would have liked to have seen some signs of trauma from Lucy too. She was seriously assaulted more than once in this book, and just shrugged it off. Having a gang of men pour petrol on you and set you alight is horrific. Why didn’t she care?
This was a little more grounded than similar books I’ve read, and Crash delivered exactly what I was hoping for.
Southpointe High is the last place Lucy wanted to wind up her senior year of school. Right up until she stumbles into Jude Ryder, a guy whose name has become its own verb, and synonymous with trouble. He’s got a rap sheet that runs longer than a senior thesis, has had his name sighed, shouted, and cursed by more women than Lucy dares to ask, and lives at the local boys home where disturbed seems to be the status quo for the residents. Lucy had a stable at best, quirky at worst, upbringing. She lives for wearing the satin down on her ballet shoes, has her sights set on Juilliard, and has been careful to keep trouble out of her life. Up until now.
Jude’s everything she needs to stay away from if she wants to separate her past from her future. Staying away, she’s about to find out, is the only thing she’s incapable of.
For Lucy Larson and Jude Ryder, love’s about to become the thing that tears them apart.