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.
Crash is a classic good-girl-falls-for-bad-boy story, where we were introduced to Lucy Larson as she make her moves to capture the interest of Jude Ryder. But when Jude finally noticed and talked to her, it turns out that he isn’t exactly the prince charming Lucy imagined. Which makes Lucy not so impressed anymore. With Jude warning, and over the top confidence she easily identifies the danger in him, yet she can’t totally ignore him. Just like her hobby of rescuing dogs and trying to save the world one lost soul at a time, Jude becomes her project. She want to saves him, not by changing the guy but by showing his potential.
Looking at the cover of Crash, I expected Nicole William’s novel to be like the movie, Save the Last Dance where Julia Stile‘s portray a ballerina dancer, with a mixed of another Julia Stiles film, 10 Things I Hate About You, adding Heath Ledger’s character as the trouble main guy character. I thought it would be fun, romantic and inspiring. My expectation doesn’t exactly match the book in terms of the plot or story, but Crash is still fun and romantic read.
Lucy is sassy and feisty girl, infuriating at times because of some bad decisions but likeable. After loosing her only brother, she deals with grief in her own terms. She try to save the world one lost soul at a time, or to be more precise one puppy at a time. Behind her hero-complex personality, she is just also lost like her parents. As her mom deals with her own grief by making herself busy with work. and her dad by withdrawing to the world, Lucy is left to deal on her own at a young age.
Jude Ryder is the typical bad boy. He is a product of a problematic childhood and terrible living condition. His mother left him, his dad is serving a life sentence in jail, so he is alone & homeless. At a young age he has a long list of criminal records, which makes jail like a second home to him. He is charming and sweet if he wants to, but he also can be a total jerk with his bad temper. He believes that he is a cancer that can’t be cure. That he brings everyone around him down. But under him is a sweet, caring and honest guy that deserves a second chance in life.
“Our reputations weren’t who we really were, they were who people told us we were. Some of us fell into that trap, while others fought their entire lives to break free of them.”
Lucy and Jude’s relationship is both fun and frustrating to read. They are all bad for each others as they are all good for each others. The moment they first spoke to each others you’ll enjoy their easy banter. They converse with quick wit and easy humor. There were also lots of sweet moments between them which makes it easy to believe that they are right for each others. But just like in any relationships there are lots of issues too. There were lots of drama between them which is understandable but once it step the line of repetitive cycle it is not fun to read anymore. There are moments when I get tired of the “stay away from me” lines, especially when it is in the same page where Lucy and Jude were proposing love to each others. It throws a lot of contradictions not just to them as a characters but also to the story.
Nicole Williams writing is flowing, since Crash is unquestionably an addicting read. The moment I start the book, I can’t help myself but read more until I finally finished the whole book in one sitting. The characters journey and emotions were engaging and heart-felt at the very least. Though not everything is in smooth line in here, as there are some far-fetched story lines too, which I think could be iron by adding more plot details. Like when Jude became a quarterback in their high school football team, it was never mentioned that he played any organized sports before that. But he instantly allowed to play without any try outs, and even become the hero who saves the game. After few games he even scouted by National Football League (NFL). It would be more believable if Nicole Williams at least throw a little background about how Jude become so good in that sports. Same thing goes with Lucy dancing skills. Her ballet activity was mentioned only few times in the novel, which mostly about the letter she is waiting from Juliard. There’s just only one scene where Lucy actually shows some dancing skills. It would be nice and more convincing if Nicole Williams put Lucy on stage or some dancing school at least.
“Humility was a good thing, but being a martyr was as bad as believing you were god’s gift.”
Overall, Crash is a quick read that readers can easily devoured in one sitting. Just like the characters in the story, Crash is full of ups and downs moments that will show you life’s twist and turns. And Just like Lucy accepting Jude, you need to accept the bad along with the good to fully appreciate and love this book.