Review: Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the LimitsPushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 31, 2012 by Harlequin Teen

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Synopsis From Goodreads:

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:

What an amazing book! I had been looking forward to reading Pushing The Limits for months, and it did not disappoint. I'm so glad I got the opportunity to read it. You may recall that I posted it as my WoW way back in April. Then I got all excited over the trailer. Everyone should definitely put Pushing The Limits on their reading list.

When we first meet Echo and Noah they are complete opposites of each other. I couldn't imagine them getting their crap together and connecting. But the more we get to know the characters, the more alike they seem. Echo and Noah's problems and struggles were realistic and emotional, which made it easier to connect and sympathize with them. They found strength in each other, and they both pushed the other to be the best that they could be. Echo and Noah experienced so much growth that they seemed like completely different characters by the end of the story.

Pushing The Limits is told in alternating chapters with both Echo and Noah’s POV, so the reader gets to experience everything right along with them. I always love books told from both POVs because you really get a chance to know both characters so well, and you get a peek into both of their minds. You also get a better grasp of their personalities, so there is no second guessing their feelings or motives. It was so easy to connect with both Echo and Noah and really feel for them.

This book is full of harsh realities and a lot of really shitty situations. Noah and Echo's lives aren't all sunshine, but they are still so full of hope. I like that the author had the guts to write such a heart-wrenching and emotional story.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes contemporary stories. It is so powerful, and the writing is amazing. The character development throughout the story was wonderful. It has memorable and complex characters and a great love story. A remarkable and unforgettable story that will definitely give you the warm fuzzies!

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy for review.

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