Saturday, October 19, 2013

Guest Review: Crash (Visions, #1) by Lisa McMann

I'm very excited to have a guest reviewer on the blog today!!!  I'm still hoping to make this a regular thing.  My cousin and fellow bibliophile, Ashley has recently finished Lisa McMann's first installment in the Visions series after picking it up at a local book festival and volunteered (and by volunteered I mean I begged her) to write a review for the blog.  So please give her a big welcome back and thank you so much again Ashley for contributing to the blog!  PLEASE come back anytime you've read a title that you'd like to review and share!!!  She's the best!!

If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of three 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 trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality.

I picked up this novel at the Library of Congress’s National Book Festival a couple weeks ago. I initially picked it up to add to my classroom library for students, but when I sat down on Metro and picked it up, it was hard to put it down.
Our narrator is likable and easy to read. She speaks the way teens are actually speaking today. Jules, starts seeing these bizarre crashes. Actually, it’s the same crash, over and over again. She sees the same crash and body bags, and it keeps playing out like a movie. She realizes she’s seen the place in the crash, and the face of the one person in the body bag she keeps seeing, is none other than her
once-friend, major-crush, family-revival Sawyer. Sawyer’s family owns the revival restaurant to Jules’ family. Their families banned them each from seeing each other in the third grade, but that hasn’t stopped Jules from majorly crushing on him.
Jules starts to see the visions everywhere she goes, no matter what she does. She decides that this is some kind of message and she’s going to stop it, and save the people that are in those body bags she keeps seeing in the crash.
The witty banter between Jules and her siblings and they way they support and care for each other makes me really wish I had siblings. Sawyer is adorable and sweet, and totally brings me back to my high school days having a crush. There’s so much build-up to the actual crash that Jules is trying to stop, I was afraid the ending was going to flat line, but I’m happy to say McMann really delivers. I give it a 4/5 stars, it’s a quick and fun read!
**Thank again for stopping by Ashley, and keep those review coming!!!

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