Crash – book review

Crash, Visions book 1

Crash is the first book in the interesting Visions series, written by Lisa McMann.

Jules’s life is anything but normal. Her parents run the family Italian restaurant, she has to drive a van with giant meatballs on the top to school and she has a massive crush on the son of her family’s archrivals. She’s anything but popular. But Jules could live with that. It’s when she started seeing a vision over and over again that her life really became unbearable. That’s because she’s seeing a vision of an explosion and someone she knows ends up in a body bag, along with eight other people. There’s nothing she can do about it. Unless maybe she can…

The vision haunts Jules: it shows up in billboards, the television screen, windows, and she’s the only one who can see it. It’s trying to tell her something. The more she sees the vision, she realises that it’s trying to give her clues about what’s going to happen. But because Jules is the only one who can see it, she’s the only one that can do something about it.

I really wanted to like this book. From reading the blurb, the plot sounded very exciting. But it just wasn’t. I felt like everything happened in the beginning and the end of this book. In the beginning, Jules starts seeing a vision. In the end, naturally, things get partially solved – solved just enough that there leaves room for there to be a sequel. The rest of this book just seemed like filling. One of the things that really annoyed me about this book was the list of five things. Do we really need those? Did Lisa add those parts into the book so it would have over 200 pages in total? Did she need to fill up more space? Those parts of the book really annoyed me and I ended up skimming them. They were totally pointless and I didn’t benefit in any way by reading them. Another thing that really annoyed me about Lisa’s writing was how she constantly substituted the word God for dog. For example: Dear dogs, I was wrong and Dear dog, I hope so. Again, why did Lisa have to include this? Why couldn’t she say something else? I get that Jules’s is religious and she probably doesn’t want to offend anyone, but really? Dog? And I didn’t like how many short and choppy sentences this book had. Normally, I love having a few short sentences here and there in a book. I like how it varies the rhythm of the book and adds a different feel. But when you use these types of short sentences in every paragraph, things start getting a little boring. I think this book had a lot of potential, but unfortunately, the writing style and how I didn’t feel connected to the characters let this book down.
Sadly, I didn’t feel connected to any of the characters. I didn’t even feel connected to Jules. Most of the time when she was watching Sawyer and driving past their restaurant, she just seemed stalker-ish. I get that she wanted to protect Sawyer from what her vision was saying was going to happen, but she didn’t need to seem too weird. I really didn’t feel connected to her or Sawyer. I felt like Sawyer needed something to make him seem unique. Apparently them being from families that have hated each other for years was supposed to be interesting enough, but I just wasn’t feeling it. It seemed like a modern-day / pizza shop version of Romeo and Juliet. Come on. Pizza shop Romeo and Juliet?  No. It really didn’t work for me. Supposedly, one family stole a secret recipe from another family and then they were rivals and everyone hates the other family. Then Jules has a crush on Sawyer, the son of their family’s archenemy, and this is supposed to be a secret and forbidden and romantic? Ummm… no. Let’s get back to that pizza shop fact. Their families run pizza shops. I just couldn’t feel anything for Jules and Sawyer as a couple because the words pizza shop always came back into my head! The thought of them getting together and having kids and dressing their kids up in little chefs outfits… NO. Just no. It’s weird. The only people I liked where Jules’s brother and sister. They were funny and stood up for Jules. I felt like their personalities could have been developed further as well.
Overall, I liked the idea of this book, but that’s about all. The pace moved much too slow for my liking and I wished there was a bit more mystery or action in the book. It would have been better if the visions grew and changed throughout the book, rather than just repeated for most of the story and only became more interesting in the end. I’d give Crash by Lisa McMann a score of 5 out of 10. I might end up reading the next book in the series, but if I do, I really hope the second book is much better than this one.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster Publishers Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!

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