Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

July 9, 2012 Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Harlequin Teen, Katie McGarry, Netgalley, Pushing the Limits, Realistic Fiction, swoony boys, YA, Young Adult 11

Expected Publication Date: July 31st 2012 by Harlequin Teen

From Goodreads:

“I won’t tell anyone, Echo. I promise.” Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. “You didn’t do that-did you? It was done to you?” No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

“An edgy romance that pulls you in and never lets go. I was hooked!”-Gena Showalter, New York Times bestselling author of the Intertwined series

So wrong for each other…and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible. Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

My Thoughts:

Intense and emotional, Pushing the Limits was everything I love for in a contemporary fiction novel! I have been so excited to read this novel for so long and was not disappointed!

Told through alternating point of views, Pushing the Limits is about two people with a traumatic past. Both Noah and Echo have tragedies to overcome and with the help of each other, they find their way. Both stories were powerful, raw and emotional. I found myself sobbing many times, especially with Noah. His love for his brothers was undeniable and I admired his strength and determination. His story touched my heart profoundly. Echo’s past was a little different. She had multiple things to overcome and more than anything she wanted the truth so she could move on. Her road was a little harder, but we see her start off as a quiet girl, afraid to reveal her ‘scars’, and turn into someone who realizes she is worth loving the way she is. Her evolution was wonderful.

Of course there is also a love story that develops between Echo and Noah. There are plenty of sweet moments and hot kisses that made me SWOON, hard. There was also a little angst to their relationship, and for anyone who knows me, I thrive on angst. LOL Once I got to a certain point I could not put this book down!

Besides Noah and Echo, there are a lot of side characters. Ms. Collins cracked me up. She was an excellent addition to the story, as their therapist. I basically DESPISED Echo’s friends. One of them wasn’t so bad but the rest were horrible, horrible people. They were the pushy kind that wanted Echo to form to a certain mold, a mold of who she used to be. They drove me absolutely nuts and made me want to slap them all. They took advantage of her vulnerability and rarely acted like any type of friend should. I did love Noah’s friends though, or his foster siblings as he considers them. There is definitely a lot more there to be explored and I am really looking forward to the companion book, Dare to You, which is Beth’s story.

I highly recommend this one to fans of contemporary fiction, romance, some angst and of course swoony boys.

The worst type of crying wasn’t the kind everyone could see – the wailing on street corners, the tearing at clothes. No, the worst kind happened when your soul wept and no matter what you did, there was no way to comfort it. A section withered and became a scar on the part of your soul that survived. For people like me and Echo, our souls contained more scar tissue than life.

4.5 out of 5!

*This review is based on an egalley provided by the publisher for a fair and honest review.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

11 Responses to “Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry”

  1. Rachel

    Great review and love the quote at the end. I’ve been waiting and eager to read this one since I’ve heard about it. Glad ya enjoyed it:)

  2. Karen

    I HATED Echo’s friends. Man I don’t think I’ve ever been so upset with characters! lol I loved this book so much!
    Great review.

  3. Sel

    I need to read this I need to read this I need to read this…

    Why am I so slow? *wails*

    This sounds amazing since I’m a fan of angsty romance and swoony boys 😉

    Wonderful review!

  4. Dani @ Refracted Light

    Yes, yes, yes!

    Love what you said about Echo’s friends. Love the little bit of angsty-ness to their relationship too. Love what you said about Echo coming to grips with the fact she’s worth loving. Awesome review 🙂

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