Review * Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

July 16, 2012 Reviews 15 ★★★★★

Review * Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarryPushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on July 1, 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 392
Format: Paperback
Source: BEA
Also in this series: Dare You To, Crash Into You, Take Me On, Breaking the Rules
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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.

What I Thought…

  • I don’t even know where to begin.  Pushing the Limits was that amazing.  There was a little humor, but mostly it made me tear up and cry.  A lot.  The writing was good and all the characters were absolutely fantastic (even the minor ones).
  • Pushing the Limits is not a light and fluffy book.  Echo and Noah are dealing with serious things and making tough choices, that not only affect them, but others as well.
  • Echo and her brother (Aires) both have unusual names, and you get the explanation of their names about 100 or so pages in.  And it makes sense, for them anyway, once you learn the background and get to know the family a bit more.
  • When you find out how Echo got the scars you will be both horrified and saddened at the same time.  We are talking worst case scenario here.  Echo herself has completely blocked it from her memory.  She wants to remember what happened and to move on but no one will tell her because she has to recover the memory herself.  I can’t imagine being in this situation and knowing that everyone else knows but you.
  • On top of the memory loss and everything that goes along with the incident she is dealing with a completely controlling dad, her step mom (former nanny) is pregnant, and her friends are trying to help her “reclaim” her position in the popular crowd.
  • Noah is also in a bad situation.  He is living with another set of foster parents and trying to get more visitation and eventually get custody of his brothers (who are with a different family).  He makes a lot of bad decisions, but a lot of them are for the right reasons, but he still has to face the consequences of his actions.  Even though Noah has a bad boy exterior he is one of the good guys.  He stands up for other people and will do anything for the people he cares about.  Even if it sucks for him.
  • I adored Echo and Noah together.  They are not your typical YA couple, which I enjoyed.  Their relationship built up fairly slow with lots of sweet and tender moments.
  • Mrs. Collins was the clinical social worker assigned to both Echo and Noah.  She was by far my favorite secondary character.  I loved her no nonsense attitude and that she didn’t take any crap from Echo’s dad (who everyone else bowed down too).  She also didn’t treat Noah and Echo like little kids and baby them.  She made them be responsible, and take action, rather than just trying to make them feel better.
  • I also really enjoyed Beth and Isaac (Noah’s friends) and Lila and Grace (Echo’s friends).  Lila was especially supportive of Echo and Grace had her place too.  And while Beth and Isaac had their own issues they did what they could for Noah  They were his family.  (McGarry is writing a book about Beth which I’m really excited about!  Even though it doesn’t come out for a long, long time.)

Overall I can’t tell you enough how much I loved Pushing the Limits.  It was amazing!  My review really doesn’t do it justice.

Note: I received a copy of Pushing the Limits at BEA.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.


15 Responses to “Review * Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry”

  1. fakesteph

    God I’m tearing up just reading this and I am IN PUBLIC. Sooooo good! I loooved Mrs. Collins. And Echo’s dad was overbearing, but I understood him. He’s dealing with all this guilt about more than just the night Echo got her scars and he comes off as overbearing, but it’s obvious that he really does love her. That moment when he sees that Noah isn’t afraid of her scars… it made me love him. Okay. I’m going to stop crying now, because it is embarrassing me.

  2. Jenny

    I know you and Steph loved this one. That’s praise enough. ;) I can’t wait to get my hands on it…and a box of tissues.

  3. Erin

    I can’t wait to read this! Should be starting it in a day or two. Thanks again for sharing. :)

  4. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    Alright, I’m starting to look forward to this one. Steph apparently got it for me at BEA and said she was going to mail it sometime this week. And BTW, everyone of my friends on Goodreads that has read this(except for 2 of them) has given it 5 stars.

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      Does this mean I don’t have to read Cinder? Just kidding, I never go back on a deal. But I swear you’ll like it. It was seriously the best book I’ve read this year. Like I would reread it right now if I could good.

      Just out of curiosity the 2 that didn’t give it 5 stars, what did they give it?

  5. Bittner

    I know that you and steph loved this book, but for some reason I’m not feeling that drawn to it. I have no idea why. I’m really glad you liked it though and I’ll try to keep it on my radar and maybe one day I’ll give it a shot.

  6. Red Tash

    Katie is one of the local authors in my area, and we are both part of a YA writers group online. I haven’t gotten to know her well yet, but I did an interview of her for, and in the process of doing so, I learned a lot about her relationship with her best friend. I have heard nothing but great things about this book. It’s not the normal genre I would read (not enough wings or fangs for me, I guess), but with so many great reviews, I think I will add it to my TBR! Thanks!