Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: July 31, 2013
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 towhen 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:
This book was intense, and I loved every second of it. There were several very serious issues addressed in this book such as foster care, abuse, mental illness, and death. The author handled all of these tough subjects really well, and I appreciated how she was able to present and discuss them in a very appropriate and emotional way. There was never a dull moment, the plot and the characters just kept getting more complex and interesting. Even the characters that I was supposed to hate, I loved. They were all so fun to read and no matter what they did I wanted to keep reading and know more about them. The relationships of the characters were all also written really well, complex, and they all grew and changed at some point.
The relationship between Echo and Noah was especially absolutely amazing. I really loved how the author switched back and forth between Noah and Echo’s point of view. By doing that I got to see how they both truly felt about each other and why they did the things that they did to one another. Usually we only get to see one side of a relationship in books, so it was really nice and refreshing to be able to see both sides. Their relationship was just so great and felt real. It was never simple, and grew a lot instead of them just falling in love and it being perfect. They had ups and downs and the feelings were raw and again so real. The romance was also raw, steamy, and intense. I could not get enough of them together and was so sad when the book ended because I wanted to keep reading about their relationship.
In the majority of YA books the parents are either nonexistent and ignored the whole book, or are unrealistically unaware. So, I really loved that the parents were such a huge part of this book. They were important to the story, and so added to the very realistic nature of the book as a whole. Echo’s mother’s mental illness, her father’s second marriage, Noah’s horrible foster life, Echo’s trauma are not uncommon thing in real life and the way that the author dealt with them is something that I think is really important in YA novels. There are so many teens going through and so I really appreciate and love a book more when they talk about those types of things, because it gives those teens characters to relate to and connect with.
Overall, I really loved this book. It was real, romantic, tough to read at times, and had a of real and intense events taking place. I highly recommend it and can not wait to read the rest of the series. This is a great contemporary read that discusses real and important issues, but also has a great story and an amazing romance.
Rating: 5 Stars / 5 Stars
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