Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Age Group: Teen
Source: Netgalley
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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

“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:

OH.  MY.  GOD!!!  Did I give this book 5/5 stars??  You bet I did, and rightfully so!  Words cannot even begin to describe how wonderful Pushing the Limits is.  Run out and get this book as soon as it is released!  This book was just amazing!  The characters, the plot, the writing – everything was practically perfect in every way (this phrase can definitely be used to describe Mary Poppins & Pushing the Limits)!

Since the characters are always the most important to me when I am reading, lets start with those.  This book is told in alternating points of view between Echo and Noah.  As I have mentioned many times before, I generally don’t care for this style – but man, I LOVED it here!  I cared about both Noah and Echo equally, and loved jumping between each characters’ chapters.

Both Echo and Noah have a lot of issues.  They pretty called themselves the most depressed people in their school, and you can definitely see why, will all the cruddy things that have happened to them.  You might think, how can that many awful things happen to two people in the same school (would that ever happen?), but when you are reading this, it doesn’t feel too dramatic (or soap opera-y).  Somehow, it feels real.  Echo and Noah are so fully developed, it feels like they could walk down your street.

Echo is such and interesting, likable character.  She is struggling dealing with the scars on her arms from an incident a few years before that she can’t remember.  She thinks that if she could just remember this repressed memory, it would solve most of her problems, and allow her to sleep through the night.  She just wants things to be normal, like they were before the incident.

And let me just say . . . Noah!  Wow!  Maybe my favorite boy in teen books of all time?  I mean, oh my gosh!  He certainly has some things to work through, but I loved, loved, loved how devoted he was to his brothers.  Just thinking about it, and I keep sighing!  Big, soft, dreamy sighs.  Noah is not perfect, but that makes him all the more interesting, and swoon-worthy.

The supporting characters are wonderfully developed, too.  Mrs. Collins was amazing!  If I ever need therapy, I want her as my therapist!  I also loved Isaiah and Beth and Lila.  Grace is a witch (only replace the “w” with a “b”), but still a great character in this story.  Same goes for Luke.

I would categorize this book as being in the romance genre.  That being said, there are a lot of other things going on in the story besides the romance between Noah and Echo.  They each have personal issues and challenges to work through, and just by being together, their problems aren’t solved.

I cannot emphasize enough how wonderful this book is!  Do not miss out on this book!  Pre-order it, check with your library to see if they have pre-ordered it, and if they haven’t ask them too!  This book definitely demands re-reading.  Over and over again.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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3 Responses to Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

  1. Krazzyme says:

    I LOVED this book too.I’m so surprised that I did cause usually I’m not a huge contemporary fan .. You’re right about the need to reread it 😛

    Krazyyme @ Young Readers

  2. AHH! I’ve heard so many great things about this book, and you’ve just made me want to read it even more. Noah sounds AMAZING. I’ll definitely be getting a copy when it’s released!

    Thanks for the great review!

    • Quinn says:

      It is fantastic! It’s definitely my favorite books of all the books I’ve read so far this year. It will be released soon though! Yay! I think I might actually buy a copy for myself too.

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