Publisher: Simon Pulse
Synopsis via Goodreads:
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 shesees. 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.
*a copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review.
One of my issues with the story is that I couldn't relate to the main character much less warm up to her. Jules' behavior in regards to her visions and to the cute boy from the opposing family annoyed if not turned me off completely. There was nothing that left a good impression on me and I'm a bit hesitant to start the second book if that's the kind of character I'm going along with. What bugged me most was how repetitive she was at times with the things she said, how silly some of what she did was, and then there's her intense feelings for Sawyer, which I thought were a bit too much and seemed extremely odd. Maybe if he had a stronger voice in the story, which wasn't really possible since it's told only from Jules' perspective. Then I would understand Sawyer more and get an idea of his thoughts for her, but throughout the book it seemed like his feelings weren't as strong as Jules' no matter how unfazed he was supposedly trying to be whenever she approached him around others.
The other characters didn't really stand out to me much either, with the exception of her little sister that seemed more mature than Jules at times, and her brother who appeared more like a non-family member. But those things aside, I wasn't really affected by their presence and hope for further character development as the series continues.
Anything else? The writing was good, very youthful, scenes were decently described, but again, the story could have been stronger. Initially, I went into the book with hopes of unraveling a paranormal and mysterious story, along with enjoying a bittersweet and forbidden romance. I wanted to learn about the main character and understand her family situation and why she was unable to be with the guy she loved. And indeed, the writer gave answers early on, which was good, because that's how fast paced it was, but that aside, the rest of the pages felt flat until the end.
In conclusion, good but needs improvement to be greater. I like how Crash ended and would like to see how the author picks things up in Bang after that reveal. But once again, I reiterate that the first book has me really timid about continuing the journey.