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[YA Contemporary Review] Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Posted on 01/30/2013 in Book Review / 7 Comments

[YA Contemporary Review] Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarryPushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on 7/31/2012
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 392
Format: Hardcover
Source: Won
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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.

\r\nYet 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.


After reading Easy, I felt the need to feel more feels.  I needed the feels, craved the feels, developed a longing for the feels like a druggy develops a bad habit.  And Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry gave me the feels in spades.

Echo and Noah are both attending counseling sessions, albeit for different reasons.  Noah is a product of the system: he lost his parents in a house fire years ago, and is now in foster care…without his brothers.  He’s rebellious, he’s derisive, and he’s broken.  All he wants is to get his brothers back and unite his family, even if he seems to go about it all the wrong ways.

Echo comes from tree-lined upper-middle class streets in the same community and she is far out of Noah’s league.  Plagued with a weird first name and a dead brother – AND no recollection of a day that brought her to the hospital two years ago, nor the scars that cover her body – she just wants to feel normal again.  She has no idea how to obtain it, especially while there is still a restraining order against her mother and her dad is shacked up with her former babysitter, who is pregnant with his child.

Their worlds collide when Mrs. Collins, their perky, quirky and delightful counselor brings them together: Echo is required to tutor Noah so she can earn money to restore her deceased brother’s dream car, and Noah needs to get his grades up so he can graduate and get his brothers back.  Both of them see it as a necessary evil.

Let me just say, Noah’s and Echo’s stories are tragic.  Read More

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