Thu, July 26, 2012

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry Review

Pushing the Limits book cover

Pushing the Limits book cover

Pushing the Limits
By Katie McGarry
Publication date: July 31, 2012
Harlequin Teen, 384 pages
Source: Publisher, via NetGalley

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.

— Goodreads.com description

I’ve seen Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry described, time and time again, as Simone Elkeles-esque, and…I have to say I can see the connection! If you like Simone’s style of issue-oriented love stories, this is likely the book for you.

Frankly, I love any book that takes two messed up kids and throws them together. They learn to love! To trust! YOU GUYS, how can you not love reading that!? I was very caught up in the storyline and not once in danger of putting the book down.

That being said…the terms of endearment were a little hard to swallow. Noah and Echo are two tough, troubled kids…so the saccarine nature of some of the things they were saying was a turnoff, especially considering how quickly their relationship moved.

Also, I have to say I might have reacted more positively to this book had I not read a galley on my Kindle. The story shifts between Noah’s and Echo’s points of view, but my formatting did not note when it changed. It was a bit rough to keep track of who was talking and what was going on. There was a lot of rereading involved. Though, this will likely be fixed in the final version, so fear not.

Overall, I still have to say that, if this is your favorite type of love story, I think it will likely be well worth your while to check out Pushing the Limits.

Start by watching the trailer below, then enter below for a chance to win your own copy of Pushing the Limits. Good luck!

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  1. Magan said:

    I’ve heard a few people agree with you about the terms of endearment, but I guess I glazed right over them hoping for more steamy scenes. I mean – the book was HOT. I had to do a bit of re-reading on the kindle, too. Wish they would have fixed the formatting, but I’ll now be anxious to read a final copy. Must purchase one!

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  2. Erin said:

    I just read this (borrowed from a friend who got it at BEA) and loved it. Though, I do agree with you about the terms of endearment. I thought the way they loved was very realistic for two kids coming from broken/devastating backgrounds and I thought the way their relationship was handled was brilliant. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  3. JenP said:

    That kind of stuff drives me crazy about NetGalley.

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  4. Lori said:

    I loved this one! I’d been looking for any books like Elkeles for years and this is the first one I’ve came across that even compared. I read the egalley too, and the Echo/Noah switches were very disconcerting. It took awhile to get used to. I still loved it though and I’m happy you liked it too.

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  5. Sarah said:

    I just reviewed this one too (netgalley version) and I had a difficult time switching between characters too. It was almost worse that it was noted sometimes and not others. But I did enjoy it over all 🙂

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  6. Ellen said:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I have been wanting to read this book. Great review.

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  7. Kim said:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. Tara said:

    Hey review twin 🙂

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  9. Quinn @ Quinn’s Book Nook said:

    I loved this book. I read it a bit ago (received from Netgalley), and I do remember getting a little annoyed with Noah calling Echo “baby,” but it was such a small annoyance. This is still my favorite book I’ve read this year.

    Also, the version I had from Netgalley did signify which chapters were from Noah’s POV and which were from Echo’s POV. Generally I am not a huge fan of alternating POVs, but this book was amazing. I actually liked switching POVs.

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  10. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    My egalley cut off the beginning of each chapter, too! So I was a bit confused at first on who was narrating. I had issues with the dialogue as well (the terms of endearment). A definite comparison to Simone! Hot, hot passion!

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  11. Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books said:

    I must say – I do enjoy reading love stories where both the main characters have issues. It makes it seem even more intense and real to me!

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  12. Carmen said:

    Yeah… I’m kind of obsessed with this kind of book.. 🙂

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  13. Kim M said:

    I keep hearing great things about Pushing the Limits. I’m sure I’ll grab it when it is released.
    Thanks for the review and giveaway!

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  14. Mariam Jones said:

    Thanks so much for the giveaway ! I’ve heard great things about this book and can’t wait to read it !!!

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  15. Beth Shaum said:

    I’m reading this one right now. I’m only on p. 25 though so I haven’t decided how I feel about it yet.

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  16. Heather said:

    ive been looking forward to this book for a few weeks now! cant wait!

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  17. Bridget Howard said:

    I am really excited to read this book I have read tons of great reviews and it sounds like I am going to love it!!!

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  18. Vivien said:

    I’ve been so excited for this book for months. The reviews have been stellar!

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  19. Tara @ Hobbitsies said:

    You know I agree with everything you said! I just had trouble swallowing the relationship, and then I kept wondering if it was even….healthy, you know?

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  20. Heather K. said:

    I have heard so many wonderful things about this book. Everyone raves about it so I can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the great post and giveaway.:)

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  21. Sara said:

    This book looks super good. I cannot wait to read it 🙂

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  22. Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know said:

    I’ve already read this one, but it was so AWESOME that I want a paper copy of it too. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  23. Lisa S said:

    I really want to read this!!

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  24. Rachael L said:

    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  25. Layne said:

    Got to love troubled love….great review!

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  26. Maida @ Literary Love Affair said:

    I love this book!! Awesomesauce review! 😀 Thanks for the giveaway!

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  27. Elizabeth @ TatteredSpines said:

    I’ve been looking forward to this book for awhile! I’m a big fan of the Perfect Chemistry series, and I absolutely LOVE two screwed up kids finding safety and love in each other! YEY!

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  28. Angie said:

    I love book trailers. I am glad they are so popular and I can watch and see that I want to read the book!!

    Angie Angela’s Anxious Life

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  29. Jasmine Rose said:

    I keep seeing reviews that make me push this up on my TBR and then others that make me push it down. I’m feeling pretty wishy washy about it, but I still think I’ll read it eventually. Thanks for the review, Anna :]

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  30. Ashlee said:

    I pinned this book on Pinterest awhile back so I could come across it later in search of the next book to read. Like you, I enjoy a story of two troubled teens coming together (really, only one teen can be troubled) ((okay, neither teen has to be troubled; I just like the romance)). And Simone Elkeles books make me happy.

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  31. Maribelle said:

    Hooray for giveaways! This sounds interesting…

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  32. Kimberly Marie said:

    Sounds like a great book! I can’t wait to read it. 🙂

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  33. Katie said:

    I have a hit or miss relationship with Simone Elkeles books, some I love and some I would rather have skipped. I try to always give these types of books a chance since I never know when I’ll find a good one!

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  34. Linda L said:

    this book sounds soo amazing!

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