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.
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