|Release Date: September 1, 2012|
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"The only easy thing about Jude and Lucy’s relationship is their love for one another. Everything else is hard.
Especially when it comes to reining in Jude’s trigger touch temper and Lucy’s increasing jealousy of Jude’s Spirit Sister on the cheer squad who’s attached herself to him in just about every way a girl could. Feeling the stress of trying to hang on to her quintessential bad boy while becoming the foremost dancer in her class, Lucy knows something’s going to break. She wants both. She needs both. But if she doesn’t make a choice, she risks losing everything.
For Lucy Larson and Jude Ryder, love might be the thing that just isn’t enough."
My Thoughts:Whoa! Clash is an emotional rollercoaster from beginning to end, but it is also an absolutely amazing read! Clash will break your heart into itty bitty pieces on numerous occasions, but I promise you that the tough road is worth it in the end. I was an absolute wreck while reading this book and I need to send a special thanks to Magen @ Corrie The Book Crazed Girl for talking me down numerous times and promising me that the pain would be worth it. I believe I was holding her personally responsible for my mental well-being at one point. I also need to thank Momo @ Books Over Boys for understanding my pain and helping me through. Then one last thanks to the wonderful Nicole Williams for holding my virtual hand through it! These guys kept me sane when this book tore me apart!
I’m not going to lie, I kind of hated Lucy for the majority of the book. She is lucky that the ending was worth it; otherwise I would have reached inside the book and broke her point shoes. She was just incredibly indecisive and very hypocritical. I thought that she freaked out more than was necessary towards the end of the book. She created something out of nothing and was only looking at the worst in herself. She goes from never giving up on Jude because he needs her to basically turning her back on him. Thank goodness Mommy was there with some words of wisdom (who would have thought that would happen?). Even though Lucy made me crazy, I still loved this book and I do still like her, she was just frustrating!
Jude on the other hand was fabulousness all rolled up in some more fabulousness. He has come oh so very far since Crash and he really is near perfect in this one. He is still his crazy Jude self, but he is not nearly as much trouble as he once was. He has some absolutely amazing speeches in Clash that will make any girl swoon. I think all guys should be required to read this book and take a few pointers from Jude (they can leave out the crazy moments). I cannot even fully describe Jude in this one because I have a hard time finding the right words. (Want more Jude? Go check out my character interview.)
|Release Date: December 18, 2012 |
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My favorite part of Clash was the beginning portion of the book. This was what I refer to as the happy portion, the part where Jude and Lucy are happy and together and an adorable couple. AKA, the part before the floor falls out. I loved all the happy and steamy moments that took place during this happy time. But then everything went downhill and my mental health was threatened. Thankfully I grabbed onto the rope when the floor fell out.
The only thing I can complain about, and I don’t really think complain is the right word, but I can’t think of another one. I would have liked to see more of the secondary characters. In the short time we see them, I became really attached to them (probably cause Nicole is awesome like that), so I really would have liked to see more of them as the story wrapped up. See, not really a complaint, more like a “I liked them so much, I wanted more.”
Clash is a book that will consume you from beginning to end. Crash fans do not be like me and wait to read this book. Read it as soon as you possibly can. Also, I need Crush right now. So here is me waiting impatiently.
Clash has a great plotline and like I have said numerous times, it kills! The events may not necessarily surprise you, but they will devastate you anyway. Some I could predict and others took me completely by surprise. Either way I enjoyed the rollercoaster ride that is Jude and Lucy’s story. The writing is fabulous and it is very easy to get lost in this whirlwind. The ending to Clash is so fabulous that it makes every heart wrenching moment absolutely worth it. So if you read this book, do not fret, I promise you it gets better. It is worth it.