“I write young adult because I still believe in true love, kindred spirits, and happy endings.” -Nicole Williams
Title: Crash / Clash / Crush
Author: Nicole Williams
Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Date Published: July 19, 2012
Goodreads Rating: 4.01
Personal Rating: 4/5
S Y N O P S I S
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 seem 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
C H A R A C T E R S
Lucy Larson. Innocent. Decent. Smartass. Lucy is your ideal girl in which your mom would be delighted to meet. She is emotionally troubled but things happened and she finally met someone who brought out the best and worst in her. I admire Lucy’s loyalty and bravery to pursue something that is not healthy for her.
Jude Ryder. Stubborn. Temperamental. Handsome. He is the total package if you will just eradicate the fact that he can sometimes be aggressive and impulsive. Jude’s transition from being a total jerk with no future to someone who was renewed by a woman is something to be proud of. Many boys tend to sink deeper and be lost but he was different. Lucy made him realise that he is not a mistake and that he is worthy to be loved and valued.
MY PERSONAL THOUGHTS
Whooooaah! This is me returning and rising from the grave! It has been two months since I last reviewed a book. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been reading all this time, it’s just that I don’t have the drive and inspo to do what I love doing the most for the past two years! This is temporary, I’m just trying to sit back, relax and enjoy the things that are happening in my life right now. Reading, gramming, and reviewing books will always be my cup of tea and comfort zone but I need to regain my energy so I could write some decent reviews again and share this passion to everyone else. Okay, enough with this drama and back to what I was supposed to be doing earlier. This book is all about soul mates, family, and commitment. I’ve missed reading NA books so I finally decided to pick this trilogy up since they’ve already been sitting in my Kobo Aura H20 e-reader for the past year. At first, I was a bit hesitant if I should push through with it because based on its synopsis, it’s just your typical story with no twist and wow factor. Surprisingly, my guts disappointed me this time, I was indeed addicted and before I could even resist Jude Ryder’s charm and manly appeal, I was also drowning and immersing myself inside their topsy-turvy and rollercoaster ride story. The first three to four chapters were very puzzling because at the start of the book there was no sufficient or concrete introduction. Without any second thoughts and enough description, the characters bumped into each other straight away and that’s it! I tried to back off because story was already screaming cliché’ but just when I was about to give up and accuse it of being a stupid and shallow story, something happened which made me realise that I should go and give it a shot. And it was worth it. The writing style is nothing special or something but I appreciate the author’s directness and being not too descriptive. Heaps of things happened and I am so happy because my questions were answered and the readers were not left hanging and wanting for more. I like how the characters evolved from being teens to young adults and finally to being full grown ones. The development of the characters into being matured and rational people made me love the story even more. I even compared Jude Ryder to my all-time favourite bad boy, Travis Maddox, of the Beautiful Disaster series by Jamie McGuire. Overall, the story is highly recommended to readers who are searching for a perfect fast read with an add-on like a super duper hot alpha male character. And let us not forget that our girl, Lucy Larson, is also someone to look forward to in the story because she was the one who tamed and changed our bad boy for the better.
Q U O T E S
I’m so sick of hearing people tell us how not right we are for each other. Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean we’re not true.
It doesn’t matter why I ran. Because I came back. I’ll always come back, Luce. No matter how many rip-roaring fights we have and no matter how many miscommunications we have. I’ll always come back because you’re where I belong.
My life wasn’t how I planned it would be. It wasn’t even close. It was a thousand times better.
Love is what brings you together. But it’s blood, sweat, and tears of hard work that keeps you together.
I can forgive a man’s past faults, his present shortcomings, and his future failures if every minute of every day he loves me like it’s his religion.
P O S I T I V E
•Swoon-worthy book boyfriend. I am in deep awe! Jude will now be included in my book boyfriend list! He isn’t just another pretty face. He is promising and loyal. His controlling characteristic could sometimes be annoying as fuck but he proved that his behaviour is something to be understood especially by his one true love. His efforts and enthusiasm for their future are just so sweet and impressive. I couldn’t wish for a better character in this story. Since the first book and up to the last and final one, I have always been fascinated with Jude’s twisted yet charming attitude. The man definitely knows how to value and protect his woman.
•Fast read and a real page-turner. This is a fact! I was able to finish the first two books in two days! I’m not kidding. I’m not even overreacting and I wish I was! This story gave me two sleepless nights because I just can’t put the book down! It is so engaging and you will be very excited as to what will happen next to these two adorable characters. They fought, they make up, they cursed and embraced each other, and that’s how it was supposed to be. That’s how life and love take place especially to majority of us. I couldn’t ask for more!
•Relatable and full of lessons. Majority of the events that took place in this novel are real and it is very easy for the readers to understand the story and the characters. No bullshit. No fantasies. All for real and really relatable. Ours can be more special. Other’s can be a little mild but to sum it all up, live is really fucking crazy and we may admit it or not but we are all addicted to it.
N E G A T I V E
•Same old cliché’ where bad boy meets good girl. I’m so exhausted with stories like this one. Maybe I just miss reading NAs lately so I was able to appreciate the story and the characters. Frankly, there is nothing special about the trilogy; it is your typical girl meets boy and boom that’s where it all began.
•The female character is just too submissive and needy. Despite the fact that the male character could sometimes be a total jerk and asshole she can’t even be firm with her decisions to push him away so he could learn his lesson.
•What actually occurred to their fathers isn’t something that can easily be accepted so I find their story too good to be true. It was tragic and painful so I don’t understand why the relationship was even possible in the first place.
L E S S O N S
•If you want it so bad then fight for it.
•Nobody is really too young to fall in love and start a family.
•When you love, literally and figuratively embrace it all, the good, the bad, and everything in between.
Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆/5