The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind.
Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.
But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.
I confess I haven’t read Crash Into You, but the results got me to thinking about what I would have picked as the best romance. I’m not a shipper (someone who worships a particular literary relationship), so I don’t have an instant go-to couple. Sure, I smiled when Ron and Hermione finally bumbled their way together. I loved Vanyel’s relationship with Tylendel/Stefan. And I was happy for Clary and Jace when they finally hooked up properly (although the wait was torturous!).
I also haven’t read an actual romance novel in 20 years, although I have read some paranormal romance, that subset of spec fic where romance is still the main plotline but the boyfriend may have fangs, wings or body hair issues during a full moon.
I have a pretty clear idea of the sorts of relationships I root for1, though. Stacey mentioned in her interview with Lauren that some people like the loveable boy next door and others like the sarcastic bad boy with attitude. I lean more toward the boy next door, but if he must also have a sense of humour. An example from popular fiction would be Clary’s best friend, Simon, from The Mortal Instruments. I just finished those, and I pretty much adored him.
But, given the relationship choices made in a lot of YA fiction, I seem to be in the minority.
Who do you want the girl to get? (I was going to write “to get the girl”, but where’s the fun in that?) The bad boy, or the boy next door?
1. Har har2
2. Americans, in Australian slang “rooting” is another word for, well, you know. Happy fun time. This is why we giggle like schoolgirls when you talk about rooting for your team, because that takes COMMITMENT!
Given Cassandra Page‘s lack of serious shipper credentials, she thinks it’s kind of weird that she’s posted the AOR Valentine’s Day poll two years in a row.