Sep 252015
 
Review: CrashCrash (Visions #1) by Lisa McMann
Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on Jan 8, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, YA
Format: Audiobook from Library
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

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.

I’m so conflicted. There were elements that I both really loved, and really disliked about this book.

I love Jules’ family. The focus of the book wasn’t on them, but that was one of the beautiful things. Jules and her siblings are super tight, with great relationships with each other. Her twin brother is gay, and is open about it. I love that this is just part of the background of the story. This happens so rarely in books, so it is definitely something to celebrate.

Also worth celebrating is the inclusion on mental health issues in the form of her dad’s hoarding. It’s not the focus of the book, it’s just part of her life. It lends a depth to the story and characters that made reading it very interesting.

On the other side, there was a ton of repetition that bordered on annoying. Yes, the repetition of the vision was important to the story, but did every word have to be repeated every time? Also, was Jules’ obsession with Sawyer needed in so much detail? It went way beyond a standard crush, and dangerously into creepy stalker territory. Toning the intensity down a little bit would have gone a long way to making Jules a more likeable character.

Overall, I did enjoy the book, and especially the audiobook production. The voice fit the story and Jules’ personality well, and everything flowed very smoothly. Going the audiobook route was definitely a positive experience, and even if I didn’t like everything about the story, there was enough that I did like that I’m excited to see what happens in book two.

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