Friday, June 29, 2012

Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

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  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Pages: 416
  • Source: eARC provided by NetGalley/Harlequin for review
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Overview

"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


This book was so good. The intense emotions, the story flow, the characters, I loved every second of it. The romance aspect of this story is great and I absolutely fell in love with Echo and Noah as individuals and together. They seem like totally different people, but it's amazing how much two people from completely different situations can actually have in common. They are both so broken, just empty shells of who they were before. It is heartbreaking to see what they are going though, to watch them fight for what they need. In Echo's case it is trying to remember what happened the day she got all of her scars, and in Noah's case it is trying to do right by his brothers.

I don't normally put quotes in my reviews, but this one is just so beautiful I need to:

"The worst kind of crying wasn't the kind everyone could see - the wailing on street corners, 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."


I really liked Echo. My heart totally broke for her within pages into the book. We start off with her getting to know the new councilor at school Mrs. Collins. She is actually a civil social worker and it's a new program at the school. We meet her father and step mother. Her step mother is pregnant and is an attention whore, and her dad wants nothing but perfection from her. Above average scores on ACT and SAT aren't good enough, he wants her to aim higher. He also won't let her take any elective classes like art even though she is an amazing artist. Only business classes for her. We discover that her brother died in Afghanistan. He was a Marine. We also find out that she is allowed no contact with her mother due to the restraining order on her. Echo used to be popular and have a lot of friends too, but after the accident gossip started and mostly everyone abandoned her. She feels so alone. Her BFF Lily sticks by her no matter what though. Is your heart breaking for her yet?

Noah Hutchins, what can I say about him besides that he really is amazing. No he's not perfect, he makes mistakes, says stupid things, but his heart is in the right place!! This boy has a heart made of gold. He doesn't have the greatest reputation, but he really does redeem himself. He's in foster care, has been in several different foster homes in the past couple years since his parents died. His files say he has violent tendencies, but things aren't always what they seem. He cares about his brothers more than anything in the world. He works hard to try to make enough money to be able to support him and his two younger brothers once he is eighteen. He will do anything for them.

The romance was so perfect. It developed slowly and pretty unsteady, but that makes sense. Neither one of them would have ever thought the other was someone they would want to be with. They go from being at each others throats, to working nicely together, to a super sweet and touching romance. It's not without difficulty though. A lot of it. They are constantly doubting themselves and each other, but never actually say any of it. They both think they aren't what the other needs. They go through many ups and downs and it was tearing me apart.

There was a whole bunch of other great characters in this too. Lily, who is Echo's best friend is just awesome. She is bubbly and happy and will stand up for Echo and be there for her no matter what. Isiah is Noah's foster brother and he is really great too. He is smart and sweet and really has some pretty good advice. Beth is like Noah's sister, she is the niece of the family he lives with and is always around. She comes across a bit harsh, but it's just because she cares about Noah and thinks that Echo is crazy and is going to break his heart. I loved her by the end of the book. Luke is a total douche who I really didn't like. He is Echo's ex, and I can see why she broke up with him. Then there is Grace, who I really didn't like either. She is Echo's on again, off again friend depending on whether Echo is socially acceptable at the time. They all play a major role in the story.

Once I started reading this book it was almost impossible to put down. My mind was so wrapped up in it and I didn't want to come out. I felt like I needed to know what would happen with Noah and Echo. Would they manage to be together and accomplish their own personal goals? Would they ever really be more than two broken teenagers? My whole heart was so invested in this story. Once I finished I was still thinking about them along with a few of the other characters too. I want to know what happens with them too. Luckily Beth's story will be out in 2013. Overall this book was just totally amazing! For anyone who loves a darker more emotional contemporary, this is the perfect book to read. 5 out of 5 stars.

18 comments:

  1. I am so excited for this one, I got it from NG a while back and will be reading it soon. The quote alone that you posted in this review gave me tinglies and made me want to cry. GREAT review, I love gritty contemporary books!

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    1. OMG!! This was so good. I had a really hard time putting it down to sleep lol!!

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  2. Yes...yes....yes! I couldn't agree more!!! LOVED this book. Great review.

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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    1. Thanks hon!! I knew that when you said you stayed up all night reading it I would love it. It was such an amazing book. I can't believe I almost didn't read it.

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  3. Can't wait to read this. I have it on preorder and will drop everything to read it. I'm so happy you enjoyed PtL. Great review!

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    1. This is definitely a book that I need to get a copy of. I love it and can see this being a book I go to in a reading slump to remind me why I love reading so much.

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  4. Fabulous review, Amy. I loved both Noah and Echo too since they felt so real.
    I agree that the romance was perfect! :)
    I'm so glad you loved it ! :D I can't wait for Beth's story either. I didn't read the first few chapters at the end of this one, but I wonder if Isiah is going to be her love interest or no ! I guess we'll find out next year !

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    1. I read the excerpt and it was really good and totally leaves you hanging. I am really looking forward to Beth's story. She seems like she has a lot of story in her that needs to come out.

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  5. I can't wait to read this one! Sounds like a great cast of characters. So happy you liked it.

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    1. The characters are so wonderful. Even the characters that aren't as likable are still great because they all play a big part in the story.

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  6. SQUEE. I knew I wanted to read this book so I added it to my tbr list a few weeks back. However, after last night's chat and your review I double want to read it. Haha!

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    1. You will love it!! It's so good. :)

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  7. Yes I love this review and this book! The quote you posted is easily one of my favorite quotes and I actually wrote that one down too while reading. I agree though it was such an emotional story but impossible to put down. So happy you loved this one too!

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    1. I will be getting a finished copy of this one for sure. It will be a book I go back to again and again.

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  8. So happy to read your great comments on this one! I love romance that start slowly. I have it on my ereader and can't wait to read it.

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    1. It's great to see how they build up to their relationship and start trusting in each other when they don't feel like they can trust anyone else.

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  9. LOVED.LOVED.LOVED this novel :)

    I think that's all ,,,


    Krazyyme @ Young Readers

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    1. That pretty much sums it up. :)

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