Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on August 1st 2012
"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.
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.
Realistic fiction is never the genre that I pick up first when looking for books to read, but they often become my favorites once I dig into them. Pushing the Limits was a book so buzzed, I knew I couldn't resist reading it for long. I always stay away from reviews before I read a book and I'm glad I did. Although, it would have been nice to know to keep a tissue box nearby.
I immediately connected with Echo, who has some emotionally issues, an overbearing father and some other family issues as well. Those first two I dealt with during high school as well, although definitely not in the way Echo did. And I couldn't help but fall for Noah, whose goal is to gain custody of his brothers after he graduates high school. The most touching and tear-wrenching moments for me were actually his interactions with his brothers. I had to stop reading to ball my eyes out a couple of times it made for such a touching and emotional moment.
I have to admit, halfway through the book, when Echo and Noah decided to actually be together, I felt satisfied. I knew there were unresolved plotlines, but it was this beautiful weight lifted as the romance plot sort of fell away to really guide the reader to resolving the other two main plots. I must say, Katie does a fantastic job of entwining the story lines of this novel in a beautiful way that really kept me reading. I'm so used to YA being the plot ends when the girl and boy decide they cannot live without each other. But that's not real life and that's what I loved about this book. It was so raw and open of a story, that it felt so real. And because of that, it was full of touching moments along with harrowing moments that made you want to scream and tear your hair out. It even included the in-between, the "maybe everything will be alright" moments.
I am so invested in this novel and these characters, that I was happy to see there would be another tale from Beth's point of view and I cannot wait.
A must-read for those who want a read that will engross your mind, heart and soul all at once. A future award-winner for certain.
Kristen is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. Kristen is an Elementary School Library Media Specialist in the Chicago suburbs who loves reading. Why else would she be a librarian?
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