Review: Crash by Lisa McMann

Review: Crash by Lisa McMannCrash by Lisa McMann
on January 8, 2012
Series: Visions #1
Genres: Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
4 Stars

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


I adore Lisa McMann. I attribute the Wake trilogy with helping me fall in love with young adult books. So naturally I was thrilled to learn that she was starting a new YA series. Crash is a short book, but it’s chock full of suspense and fun.

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting Crash to be so fun. Lisa’s YA book usually have pretty dark themes and equally dark characters, but this has Jules and she is hilarious. I giggled a lot. She’s super witty and self deprecating. She makes lists that even have footnotes from time to time. Who doesn’t love footnotes?! I also really enjoyed the fact that her family is very involved in the story. Her brother is her best friend and their relationship was done wonderfully.

Crash isn’t only about the vision that Jules keeps seeing. There’s also a very mysterious plot revolving around family secrets and rivalries. I found that very fascinating and I like that just enough of my questions were answered in this one, but not all. The vision was also a very captivating part of the story. Jules has no idea how to deal with it. I certainly had no idea how she was going to prevent it. So I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!

If you’re in the market for a book that perfectly balances humor and mystery then I highly recommend Crash by Lisa McMann. It’s thrilling and filled with the kind of characters you can’t help but love.


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  1. I just finished this one and enjoyed it as well. I also love Lisa McMann. I remember I was OBSESSED with her Wake series a few years back. I can’t wait to see where this new series goes!

  2. I looovee Lisa McMann too!!! And I’m excited to hear you loved it so much. I was surprised to hear that it has also some fun elements, as I agree that normally her books are a little darker..

    I got the audio for this one and cannot wait to get started!
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  3. You are so right that this book is pretty fun and not as heavy as the Wake series. The brother-sister bond is done so well and was one of my favorite parts. So glad you liked it too!
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  4. This sounds like a great mystery book. I haven’t read a mystery in a long time.
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  5. This sounds really interesting and I love how it has humour tied in with it too, definitely will check it out one day :)
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  6. I have to admit I laughed at all of the “meatball” jokes! I enjoyed to combination of contemporary elements with paranormal…..
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  7. I haven’t read this author before but this premise sounds so fascinating…I love a book with some mystery in it! And strong family bonds! Great review!

  8. I am listening to this audiobook right now and I am enjoying it. There are a few things that are a little annoying, but in general I like it. Great review!!
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  9. I love the Wake Trilogy and I’m excited to hear that this one has humor laced into it!
    I haven’t read Lisa’s last release, but I think I will grab this one first instead! 😀
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  10. I’m surprised this book is so fun because it looks so intense. I don’t know if I would have picked it up before but I may have to give it a shot now. Lovely review!
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  11. Lisa McMann is the reason I got back into YA too! I’ve read everything by her except the Unwanteds and this one but they’re definitely on my TBR! Great review, can’t wait to get my hands on this one! She’s one of my favorite authors. 😀
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  12. I’m planning on reading Crash this week. I hope I like it. Great review!
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  13. I adore Lisa McMann! I really enjoyed her last book, Dead to You, but you’re right, it was definitely dark and serious. I already know Lisa can nail mystery/suspense, but I’m glad to hear Crash has some laughter in it as well. I definitely need to read this book. Great review!
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  14. I do like it when stories involve the main character’s friends and family. It always adds something special for me, because I treasure all of my relationships with my loved ones and I like when the MC does too! Also, it’s an even bigger plus that she made you laugh :)
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  15. Her Wake series was really heavy! I’m glad this one’s a little lighter and more humourous. I just ordered this one, very excited to read this after seeing your review!! Thank you!
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