Audiobook Review: Crash by Lisa McMann

Visions #1
Author: Lisa McMann
Narrator: Allyson Ryan
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Supernatural | Paranormal
Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
Released: January 8th 2013
Review Source: Simon & Schuster Audio

Summary: (from goodreads) If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first in a series 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 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.

This audio book came to me at the right time. I usually take a long time in finishing a audio book because I don't have a lot of opportunities when to listen to the book undisturbed. So when I had to drive in a single day over 7 hours, I popped in Crash and finished it in one day. The long boring drive, all the sudden was now very entertaining. I didn't want to stop and fuel or take potty breaks because I wanted to keep listening to the audio book. Allyson did a great job portraying the characters in this books. Her voice didn't annoy or sound bland to me. Listen to clip HERE.  

Lisa McMann is an author I once said I would read anything she prints. Lisa is very well known for her Wake Trilogy and Cryer's Cross. So when I heard about Crash, I was game to read it or in this case listen to it. Once again I was reminded why I love to read Lisa's books. Her stories have this edge to them, that just grab you. In Crash, Lisa blends paranormal/supernatural elements with a realistic/contemporary atmosphere. So if you are a fan of contemporary but don't like paranormal, you will still enjoy this book. Its like I mentioned, the elements are very well blended. Lisa keeps us the reader on our toes, trying to figure out what's to come. In Crash think Romeo and Juliette but with pizza . OK its more than that, but you have forbidden love, mystery and thrills. 

Crash is the story of Jules. Jules' life is centered around her family's business. They own a pizzeria and live above it. Jules also has to drive the pizza truck to school everyday, its not very flattering. Not that it really matters because the person that has Jules heart, she cant have. Sawyer is Jules' Romeo, why Romeo? Well because Sawyer's happens to be the son of Jules' family business rivals. Each family owns a pizza place in the same town and have been at war for a very long time. So when they were young both sides of the family prohibited them from becoming friends and definitely not a couple. Everything sounds normal so far, because who hasn't been told not to date a boy before by their parents. Well thing is Jules has this problem, Jules sees visions. Yes you read right, she can see visions and when I say see, these visions are not in her mind. Jules visions replay for her on billboards, TVs, windows, ext... Pretty much any flat surface will replay the vision Jules sees. Her vision is horrible and heartbreaking. She keeps having to witness a scene and always body bags at the end. The visions become more and more detailed with time and she is crushed with who gets hurt. Jules has to decided if she speaks up and breaks her family's wishes. It turns out that when you prohibit someone from seeing each other, life has a way to bring them together. Jules will stop at nothing to save what she loves.

What I really loved about Crash was how Lisa's gave having visions a new twist. I loved the unexpected ending. The Romeo and Juliette modern feel to the love story. I also liked all of Jules comments/phrases, they were LOL and cheesy. 

Grab this book, be it in paper or audio, you will love it. I cant wait for book 2 to know what next after the ending in Crash. 


  1. I really liked this audiobook too and I loved how quick it was. So many audiobooks are so long that it's hard to listen to them if you don't have a lot of time. I listened to this one in two days and thought it was very good!! I'm looking forward to Bang too!! Awesome review Yara!

  2. I just bought this book in paper but now I wish it was the audio instead. I love listening to audio books on my drive to and from school but sometimes those 20 hour ones are just a little too long.

    Thanks for the great review, can't wait to get to this one. :)


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