REVIEW #102: Crash (Visions, #1) by Lisa McMann

Title: Crash
Series: Visions #1
Author: Lisa McMann
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: January 8th 2013
Pages: Hardcover, 233 pages
Source: Audiobook from the Library

Summary from Goodreads:
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.

Jules is a bit of an outcast at school; she comes from a large Italian family that runs their own restaurant and has a huge crush on Sawyer. Sawyer happens to be a member of the rival Italian family that Jules is supposed to hate. Every where she goes, Jules is having visions; she sees a truck driving straight towards a building resulting in a set of body bags. Jules has to piece together the visions she has to try and stop the crash.

The summary for Crash grabbed my attention right away and when I saw that my library had the audio book for it, I jumped on the chance. A girl who has visions of the future and has to save her one true love; sounded great. It was not bad. The story flies by; it was cute but to the point where it got corny. I felt like I was rolling my eyes every couple of chapters. The love story was corny and not genuine. As for characters, the feuding families were funny; they reminded me a bit of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Jules was an impulse, kind of crazy nerdy girl and Sawyer was a popular kid who just wouldn’t take Jules seriously.

The story line was predictable and I felt like there are a lot of details missing. My one major issue with the story was the visions. There was no explanation about why Jules was getting them. The whole concept needed more development. The audio book narration further enhanced the corny/cute mood of the story.

Crash was a fast read with some funny one-liners. It was a 2.5 star read due to the underdeveloped plot, forced romance, and overall corny-ness.



  1. I hate an underdeveloped plot line. It's a bummer that this one suffered from that because it sounds so promising. Bummer for this one, but great review!

  2. I'm glad I'm not the only one that wasn't a fan of this book. I kept seeing really great reviews and I was starting to think I missed something. I agree with you, it was way too corny, I didn't like the romance, and the whole two pizza shop plot line was beyond predictable and overdone.

    1. You are not alone :) It was definitely way too corny!

  3. Oh, that doesn't sound too good! Especially the forced romance and underdeveloped plot.. I won't be reading this one soon, thanks for the warning.

  4. After reading all of the reviews of this book I don't think that I will be reading this one at all. Thank you for the honest review.


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