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 series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality
AUDIOBOOK Crash: Visions, Book 1 UNABRIDGEDNarrated By Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
Unfortunately every once in awhile, especially for avid readers. You come across a book that just doesn't mesh with your likes. Crash by Lisa McMann was one of those books for me. The blurbs and summary really pulled me in, I love the cover and expected something so much more complicated than what was presented in this novel.
I received a audiobook version from the publisher for review. Honestly I cannot decipher if it was the narrators' take on the main character that helped me dislike the pacing of this story. I grew tired of listening to the story just within the first hour and felt that through moments of the book I was getting the story yelled at me. A little too much intensity and less suspenseful and more erratic emotions than I feel the story was trying to represent. Instead of slowly building suspense it came off as sudden bursts of yelling and freaking out. I Often getting distracted by how the narration was done to what was actually being told in the story, very distracting.
Next I do want to mention that one of my biggest pet peeves in life is repetition. As this story revolves around this vision that Jules has of a Crash, she sees this vision several times a day, in a row and the whole book is overflowing with this crash scene played over and over. I want to acknowledge this in my thoughts about the book because the content replays the scene so much that it also caused me to get distracted and drift off while listening.
I have never read or listened to any other books by Lisa McMann, and I do intend on giving her other books a try. But I also have hopes that those books will show a lot more character growth and depth to the story. The best part about this book was the very heartfelt relationship Jules has with her siblings. I loved their dynamics together and felt that even Sawyer (love interest) had more depth to his character than Jules who comes off very stalkerish and obsessed.
The whole format of this novel felt like a short story or novella that was stretched out to complete a novel, it felt repetitive and took me quite awhile to get through.