Never stop running…
Now he’s semi-settled into a big town. The college is huge and easy to blend into. It’s been three months since he had to move because ‘Biloxi’, as he calls the man who killed his mother, found him once more.
Then Marley, an eighteen year old girl who is as infuriating as she is blissfully ignorant of her gorgeousness, smashes into his car with hers. Then smashes into his life as he realizes that whatever it is he has that Biloxi wants, she has it, too. And now, they’re after them both.
This was my first time reading one of Shelly’s books, but I know it won’t be my last. I fell so hard for Jude Jackson. And this story. Whoa. Not what I was expecting. At all. Blew me away.
There were a lot of different twists that I’d not seen coming. And I love that and appreciate that. Where I feel like sometimes fall into a rut of reading a lot of the same storylines by different authors, this was not the case with Smash into You. Also, reading YA again was awesome. I always read YA in the past, and lately, I obviously read more NA and Adult. So, essentially taking it back to my roots was much welcomed. For those worried it would be too clean for their tastes–where it’s lacking in actual “sex,” it definitely makes up for in tension and sexiness. :)
The whole basis of the story was refreshing, the character development, while pretty standard for a YA read, I could still appreciate and enjoy because their journey was so different than anything I’d read before, and the POV was fantastic. I was really impressed with Shelly’s ability to capture the male POV so strongly, but also to only tell the story from that perspective. Anymore, when you get the male POV, it’s not without the female’s. Smash into You, though, was told only from Jude’s eyes. I think it would definitely be interesting to see what Marley thought in certain situations, but I loved that there was this mystery there, and it was just how Jude perceived the event.
I won’t give anything away as far as the plot is concerned because I would hate to ruin the twists, but I will say that when I was expecting something, it didn’t happen. And then suddenly I’d be shocked by something else. The story definitely kept me engaged. And Shelly’s a fantastic writer. The story flowed, the dialogue was great (if I had one complaint, it was the use of “daggum” a few too many times for me), and the characters were developed both individually and as a couple. Both Jude and Marley are damaged. They fight this pull they have toward one another, but fate sort of keeps intervening. I loved the tension between them, but also the care they took with each other. Even when they didn’t want to. Considering what they were going through, and what they’d both been through, their relationship felt realistic to me.
I definitely recommend this story, and I look forward to reading Shelly’s other books! :)
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Shelly is a NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling YA author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay at home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. She loves paperbacks, coffee, and candy corn, and to spend time with her family and friends, go out to eat at new restaurants and site see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music and also LOVES to read. Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn’t go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.