Monday, April 29, 2013

Review: Clash (Crash #2) by Nicole Williams

5 Star Review by Dawn

On again, off again. Together. Apart. The only thing Jude and Lucy agree on is their all-consuming love. That, and fighting all the time . . .

Especially when it comes to reining in Jude's trigger-touch temper and overcoming the tragedy that connects Jude's and Lucy's pasts. Also not helping? Lucy's raging jealousy of the cheerleader who's attached herself to Jude in almost every way possible. With the stress of trying to hang on to her quintessential bad boy while training to be the top dancer in her class, Lucy knows something's going to give . . . soon.

How can she live without the boy she loves? How can she live with herself if she gives up on her dreams? If Lucy doesn't make the right choice, she could lose everything.

Our Review

This has been the best ride ever. Lucy's roommate, India, says it best when she says Jude Ryder is no carousel ride, but a loop de loop roller coaster at Six Flags!
In Crash, we meet Lucy and Jude their senior year in high school. In Clash, Luce and Jude are in college. They are still two broken soul mates trying to be together despite their demons. Nicole Williams really turns up the heat in Clash. I was constantly rooting for Jude and Luce, despite all the garbage that is thrown in their way. Sometimes, they just cannot get out of their own way and it gets so angsty. The larger than life Jude Ryder explodes onto the football scene at Syracuse and this makes him even more of a superhero. There is something about Jude Ryder that is right up there with Travis Maddox (from Beautiful Disaster) and Jack Carter (from The Perfect Game). Lucy describes it when she says, "I inhaled the boy who, even in scent, exuded a hint of trouble just barely masked by a reluctant sweetness."
This book is just the kind of sweet torture that I enjoy in a book. Lucy is every bit as feisty as Jude and this makes for quite a bit of "Clashing." The intensity of the relationship and the life lessons these two learn about love and trust are why I love reading Young Adult. It is all so raw, and life or death. I did not think it was possible, but I loved the writing, the characters (especially their back story), and the plot even better than Crash! Again, Jude Ryder does it for me every time. Lucy says it best: "For a certified bad-boy jock, you've got one hell of a way with words."

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