Crash by Lisa McMannCrash by Lisa McMann


byLisa McMann

Hardcover | January 8, 2013

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If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of four books from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy.

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.

In this riveting start to a gripping series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality.
Lisa McMann was born in Holland, Michigan on February 27, 1968. Her works include the Wake Trilogy, The Unwanteds series, Cryer's Cross, Dead to You, and Crash.
Title:CrashFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.7 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:January 8, 2013Publisher:Simon PulseLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442403918

ISBN - 13:9781442403918

Appropriate for ages: 14


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this book Glad I bought this book. Different than what I usually read but really enjoyed it. Can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It felt real The book is written from the perspective of a teen, but it felt natural and it kept me guessing.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unpredictable Such a very unpredictable book. Mysterious. Exciting. Absolutely loved it. One of my favorite books.
Date published: 2015-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unpredictable Great book can't wait for the second one to come out!
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable start to a new series Lisa McMann's latest dive into the paranormal geared towards the young adult combines her penchant for mysticism and perception beyond ordinary. Visions series follows the same formula as her Dream Catcher series - which I absolutely loved. Her characters has some kind of psychic ability that they're able to use for the common good. In here, Jules gets visions of bad things that will happen in the future and it's up to her to try and stop it or warn whoever's directly impacted by the occurrence. In this case, son of rival family, Sawyer. The family rivalry rivals that of the Capulet and Montagues. And wouldn't you know it? Julia and Sawyer are of Italian descent. There's something infinitely passionate about the Italians - especially when it comes to food and love. You never, ever covet their recipes the way you covet their spouses. Jules and Sawyer used to be best friends until their respective families battles against the other made virtual strangers out of them. But even though they've grown apart, they have never stopped being aware of each other's existence. When Jules started having visions of Sawyer dying in a horrific accident involving a crash and explosion, she ignores all her resentment and abandonment issues toward the boy that she's loved forever. It's too bad that all her warnings make her sound like a nut job. Disregarding the ridicule she's bound to get, she sets out to save him even if it meant lying to her parents and risking the possibility of lifetime grounding. Reading Crash is like talking to one of those Gilmore Girls. You need to get your brain up to speed with the conversation or you'll fall behind. It doesn't mean, however, that the plot moved at a break-neck speed. It's timed right, though fast-paced and ripe with suspense. The romance has the forbidden factor that most romance readers would enjoy. It's the thrilling possibility that they could get caught and the sweet moments when they realize how much they've missed.
Date published: 2013-09-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nothing Amazing, Nothing Horrible On the exception of her books for younger readers, I have read all of McMann's works. And like all of her other novels, the plot starts off rather slow, or dull, until it reaches the climax. When that hits, the plot is on a huge high and continues until the end where it falls back down. I didn't think this book was too great. Between the feud of the families and Jules' love over the boy from the other family whose name I currently forget, though I just finished reading it, I kept seeing a reminiscent of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Of course, this novel has nothing to do with Shakespeare, but the feuding families and the forbidden love kept drawing me back to Shakespeare. It felt a little cliched. The ending of the book was good enough that I will buy and read the next book in this series. If it wasn't for the ending, I would have dropped McMann's new series after Crash. It's not a cliffhanger, but it's a twist I did not see coming. Overall, the book as a whole is not that suspenseful (it picks up during the climax and then becomes a page-turner. Typical McMann writing), the romance is not that exciting, the writing is average, and the family feud is a little juvenile. At the same time, McMann makes the visions believable and she is able to get her story across in the small amount of pages. I've seen authors write much worse and make their books much longer than necessary. I'm really noticing a paranormal and supernatural theme that McMann continues to write, book after book (Dead to You may be the only exception). I wonder where she will take this in the next book.
Date published: 2013-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Way Better Then I Expected! Wow. Crash is an awesome book! Its intense and exciting, has great characters, includes a good amount of humor, has a killer romance (forbidden!), and is written so freaking well! I absolutely love Jules and her family, especially her relationship with Trace, and I feel like I can connect and relate with her throughout this whole book. Its a quick read, very short, but its easy and fun to read. So, for those of you who dont know, Crash is about Jules, a teenage girl, who is an outcast and who works at her familys italian resturant 24/7. Jules has seen a vision of a truck crashing into a building, the building exploding, and nine body bags in the sonw for a while now, but recently they have been more frequent, and they reveal more. When she watches it on her PVR, she can pause, fastforward, and rewind the vision. That is when she figures out what building explodes and one person who is in one of the body bags, and it tears her heart into pieces; the person who dies is Sawyer Anngotti, the boy she has been in love with for... Well, for as long as she can remember. Readers are taken on a journey with Jules, trying to figure out more information and trying to warn Sawyer, without sounding crazy or insane, or anything else that may put her 'locked up in a hospital with a crazy red-faced roomate.' Its an exciting story, short but I think its the perfect length, and McMann captures readers with her fantastic writing. You are able to really connect with Jules and her fear of what she is doing, or what she is trying to do. Her lists are awesome, they really add more to the story, and I absolutely love how depression 'runs in her family'. How her father is a horder is something you dont see often in many teen books, and I love it! One thing im not sure of is Sawyer... I definitely like him, but hes not my favourite character. Even when he is nice and whatever, Im still not a big fan of him. I am a huge fan of the 'forbidden romance', just not of him. I hope the next book is written from both Jules, and Sawyers, POV. It would be awesome to see his character and his thoughts about what happens. I also hope the next book comes out soon because McMann cannot just leave us like this!!! All in all, Crash is a fantastic book. The characters are so unique and the storyline is awesome. I love Jules, and how she deals with her problem. I definitely recommend this book to, well, to anyone that likes a great story with great family dynamics, a good amount of humor, awesome characters, and a romance that will keep you turning the pages!
Date published: 2013-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sawyer is swoon-worthy! Can't wait to read more of this series!! Crash is about a 16 year-old girl named Jules DeMarco, whose family runs an Italian restaurant. Her brother, Trey, is 16 months older than her, and her sister, Rowan, is 16 months younger. Their father has a history of mental illness and suffers from depression and is a hoarder. His father also suffered from depression, which ultimately resulted in his suicide. They live in the apartment above their restaurant, and their mother takes charge of running the family business, since her husband sometimes doesn’t even get out of bed. Jules is plagued by a vision that appears everywhere she looks: On the television, billboards, windows, street signs, and more. A snow plow crashes into a building, which results in an explosion, and then nine body bags appear in the snow. One of the bags isn’t zipped up all the way, and she sees the face of her childhood crush, Sawyer Angotti. Jules and Sawyer were best friends all through grade school. Sawyer’s parents also run an Italian restaurant in the same neighbourhood. It wasn’t until seventh grade that their parents discovered their friendship and forbade the kids from maintaining contact with each other. Now, in light of this vision that she is having, Jules feels compelled to warn Sawyer. But how can she do that without sounding like she is insane? Interestingly, when Jules watches her visions on the PVR, she can pause and rewind and watch frame by frame. She becomes obsessed with trying to piece this puzzle together, and she cleverly dissects the vision to look for clues. Little by little, she finds hints that lead her to not just where the crash is going to take place but also the exact time. If only she can figure out which day, she may be able to stop it from happening and save her friend’s life. McMann writes in such a way that I could completely identify with Jules. My heart broke for her loss of friendship with Sawyer, and her feelings never wavered even after many years had gone by. It is so unfair that Jules and Sawyer were not permitted to be friends just because their parents were business competitors. We find out later on that there is more to this feud. What was integral to the story was family. So many authors write about kids, who do not value family ties. I love that McMann portrayed the DeMarco siblings as a tightly-knit trio. Jules’ best friend is her big brother, Trey, and I love that! Throughout the book, we see examples of their love and concern for each other. It was so nice to see. Sawyer is utterly swoon-worthy, and I made the mistake of listening to the end of the book while driving. I was totally blubbering, and I caution listeners to keep a box of tissues nearby. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and McMann has hooked me into wanting to read more from this new four-book series. The next one, Bang, is scheduled to be released in October 2013, and I can’t wait to read it! McMann is a new-to-me author, but I can assure you that I am planning to read more of her work. I have to add that I just love the cover! It is simple but effective. Narrator Allyson Ryan is also new-to-me, and it took me a bit to warm to her interpretation of Jules. It almost seemed as though she was trying too hard to sound the part. However, by mid-way through the book, she grew on me and I liked her more and more! I received this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own.
Date published: 2013-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meatball trucks, forbidden love and bodybags in the snow? It works, trust me. It's taken me a while to write this review because I'm kind of short on words to describe the WHOA feeling this book gave me. This is a smart, funny, sexy suspense-thriller that kept me turning pages well past my bedtime. I know that sounds cliche, but it's true; I had 80 pages left and COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN until I finished. I loved Jules and her brother Trey and even the conflicted Sawyer, Jules's love interest. So much about Jules resonated with me, taking me back to my lovesick teen years. I totally get the angst of unrequited love so strong you need to act, no matter what the consequences, and that kept me turning page after page. But there's so much more to this book than just romance-family secrets and mental health issues, friendships gone bad-just the kind of real-life stuff every teen will relate to. And did I mention it's one hell of a page turner? This book had a satisfying ending with a good setup for the next book in the series, which I'm looking forward to spending a late evening with.
Date published: 2013-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unputabledown! Oh. My. Dogs!! This book was awesome! Crash is a thrilling and completely absorbing first installment to a brand new series by New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann! The last book I read by Lisa McMann was Gone when it just came out (the last book of the Wake trilogy) which I did enjoy, but unfortunately the ending didn't satisfy. Now, my re-encounter with Miss McMann has definitely been one I will always remember! In fact, this book is an unforgettable one! Crash is barely 256 pages long, yet Lisa McMann captured so many emotions on this first exciting installment that by the end of the book, I went into a turbo-nail-biting mode! It was amazing!! Jules, our lovely protagonist, smells like pizza. Her family has an Italian restaurant and they live right above it. Jules helps out in the restaurant as well so hence the pizza smell. However, when everything seems to be going just fine, Jules gets a vision of a tragic truck crash in which nine people die. When this vision starts to show up more often,it adds more scenes and details to this scary and horrible scenario. Intrigued by this vision, Jules analyze every second of it until she notices that one of the nine dead people is Sawyer Angotti, the boy she's been in love since forever, and who's also the son of the rival restaurant's owner. From the moment I read the first page I knew that that was it. I knew that with this book, I would get totally lost within its pages. I was not wrong. Truth be told, I barely put the book down to go class (though skipping was extremely tempting) an even then, I managed to flip a few pages under the desk. This book was so addictive and Good God! what and ending! There is a cliffhanger but it's one of the "kind" ones. What I'm trying to say is that the book has a closure but there is something at the end that will leave you desperate to read the sequel! (believe me, I am!) In addition, there is a whole drama between Jules' family restaurant and Sawyer's family restaurant. Freak parents, forbidden affairs, legal issues, extreme rivalry, etc! I think that the tension between Jules and Sawyer's families and restaurants add the perfect amount of salt and pepper to the plot! With a sweet and yummy (in the case of Sawyer) cast of characters, a hot pace, a spicy plot, and a delicious, and at times bittersweet romance, Crash by Lisa McMann has all the ingredients to deliver the perfect YA feast! Readers will certainly devour/swallow it in just one seat! Super recommended!
Date published: 2012-12-07

Read from the Book

Crash One My sophomore psych teacher, Mr. Polselli, says knowledge is crucial to understanding the workings of the human brain, but I swear to dog, I don’t want any more knowledge about this. Every few days I see it. Sometimes it’s just a picture, like on that billboard we pass on the way to school. And other times it’s moving, like on a screen. A careening truck hits a building and explodes. Then nine body bags in the snow. It’s like a movie trailer with no sound, no credits. And nobody sees it but me. •       •       • Some days after psych class I hang around by the door of Mr. Polselli’s room for a minute, thinking that if I have a mental illness, he’s the one who’ll be able to tell me. But every time I almost mention it, it sounds too weird to say. So, uh, Mr. Polselli, when other people see the “turn off your cell phones” screen in the movie theater, I see an extra five-second movie trailer. Er . . . and did I mention I see stills of it on the billboard by my house? You see Jose Cuervo, I see a truck hitting a building and everything exploding. Is that normal? The first time was in the theater on the one holiday that our parents don’t make us work—Christmas Day. I poked my younger sister, Rowan. “Did you see that?” She did this eyebrow thing that basically says she thinks I’m an idiot. “See what?” “The explosion,” I said softly. “You’re on drugs.” Rowan turned to our older brother, Trey, and said, “Jules is on drugs.” Trey leaned over Rowan to look at me. “Don’t do drugs,” he said seriously. “Our family has enough problems.” I rolled my eyes and sat back in my seat as the real movie trailers started. “No kidding,” I muttered. And I reasoned with myself. The day before I’d almost been robbed while doing a pizza delivery. Maybe I was still traumatized. I just wanted to forget about it all. But then on MLK Day this stupid vision thing decided to get personal.