Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Pushing the Limits
(Pushing the Limits #1)
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication: June 1, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Book 1 in Katie McGarry’s award winning Pushing The Limits 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.
But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common.
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.
I enjoyed Pushing the Limits so much! It is such a sweet and emotional book. Actually my kind of book. I love troubled (but not angsty and annoying) main characters because it challenges me to dig deeper into their past and understand why they become what they are.
The story centers on Noah Hutchins— a guy who became an orphan at a very early age because of the accident that happened to his family several years ago, and Echo Emerson— a girl who suffers a memory suppression because of the freaky incident that happened to her and her mom. Both of them share a couple of subjects together at school but they never had a chance to be good friends until their new clinical social worker Mrs. Collins came and partnered them for tutoring sessions.
This book was full of emotions, but that wasn’t the only thing that made me feel compelled to the book. It had a very entertaining start. There was humor and the characters instantly clicked the first time they collided. The chemistry was so good I can’t help but sigh. I love Noah he’s a perfect book boyfriend. I love the way he’s protective towards her brothers and towards Echo.
Echo is also one adorable character. Although she’s vulnerable at the start, I admired her character development– how she became tough in dealing her dilemmas. The secondary characters are also adorable. Isaiah is so cute and although I don’t kind of connect with Beth at the start, my feelings toward her changed at the last chapters of the book. And of course, I love Mrs. Collins. She’s cool! Every guidance counselor should be like her!
I just love this book! The only thing that kept me from rating it a perfect 5 was the romance. I love Noah and Echo’s chemistry and their sizzling, make-out scenes but I was looking for more. The family drama was heavily emphasized in this book and I wish the author also made a great highlight in the romance because omg, they are perfect for each other. I want more Noah and Echo moments!!!
But as a whole, it’s a great and unforgettable read. It’s my first Katie McGarry book and I’m impressed with her writing style. I’ll definitely read more of her books! Rating: 4 Stars