Book Review: Smash Into You by Shelly Crane

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Smash Into You
 Shelly Crane

Publication Date: November 9, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis from Amazon:

Jude has spent the whole twenty one years of his life running. From what, he wasn’t quite sure. His mother tried to keep him safe; a low profile, a constant move on the horizon, a week’s pay always stashed away. She tried to instill in him that he was special somehow, though would never elaborate. He never felt different. He was so completely normal and vanilla that he wondered if it had all been in her head. But then she was murdered and all he saw was a running silhouette of a man as his mother said three final words to him. Three words that changed his whole being.

Never stop running…

Now he’s semi-settled into a big town. The college is huge and easy to blend into. It’s been three months since he had to move because ‘Biloxi’, as he calls the man who killed his mother, found him once more.

Then Marley, an eighteen year old girl who is as infuriating as she is blissfully ignorant of her gorgeousness, smashes into his car with hers. Then smashes into his life as he realizes that whatever it is he has that Biloxi wants, she has it, too. And now, they’re after them both.


I’ve read some of the Significance series by Shelly Crane and have enjoyed those pieces, but I will be honest here and say I was not a big fan of Smash Into You. I really wanted to love it, I wanted to love Marley and Jude, but I just couldn’t. 

Let me start by saying this is not a bad book! There were some great ideas and there’s a lot of potential within this world Crane created, but there was a lot left to be desired. The characters were interesting, though with more development, I feel they could have shined and given the story more depth. Marley seemed a little all over the place – at times she needed attention, at others she was self-sufficient. She was pushy, but not. I wanted to know more about her background; with only the surface of her story told, I was feeling like much was missing. 

Visually, I had trouble envisioning what was going on. With a little more sensory detail, this could be fixed.

I loved the idea of this story, especially when more was revealed of what was actually going on. This could have been it’s own book, though. I wish there were more detail and the pacing of that part was a bit better.

Overall, the story was alright. I will definitely read more Shelly Crane, as I love her Significance series. She’s a very talented writer, this just wasn’t my favorite of her books.


The Final Countdown

Characterization – 2.5/5 Stars
Dialogue– 3/5 Stars
Plot – 3.5/5 Stars
Visual Imagery – 2.5/5 Stars
Structure/Pacing/Editing – 3/5 Stars
Ending – 3/5 Stars

Total: 3 Stars

Smash Into You Kindle Edition Amazon Buy Link




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