Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

Release Date: July.31.2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 384
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

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.


Echo Emerson had the perfect life two years ago. Popular with the perfect jock boyfriend and seriously amazing art skills. Until one night something happened that left Echo with garish scars on her arms. Only nobody knows what really happened, and Echo can’t remember the incident. Now she’s a gossiped-about outcast at school who is just trying to figure out a way to be normal again. But when bad boy Noah Hutchins shows up in Echo’s life as the boy she has to tutor, it throws everything off track in a way they both could never imagine. Noah is a loner boy, pot-smoking, player and once he sets his sights on a girl, there is no stopping him. But is he playing Echo? Their worlds collide and secrets come out in this edgy romance.

Echo suffers from repressing the memories of an incident and she can’t seem to be strong enough to remember. The only things she knows is what she can tell by the scars on her arm.
Readers are plunged into Echo’s world, dealing with her controlling father and stepmother, the death of her brother Aires, and coming to the terms with the fact that her manic depressive mother was involved in her depressing incident, but doesn’t know how or why.

Reading about Noah’s family issues and home life gives readers true insight into what truly goes on in the mind of a foster child who is misunderstood and has been ripped apart from the only family he has left. At first, he seems like just the average cliché bad boy, but once the layers are added on to him readers are able to understand him and know why he is the way he is. Echo and Noah find solace in each other in the midst of dealing with their own tragedies. With many emotional bumps along the way, it will leave readers breathless for more.

Told from the point of view of both Echo and Noah, Katie McGarry molds her characters into three dimensional beings that readers will be able to relate to. It is often difficult to write from two different points of views, but McGarry’s writing is exquisite. She knows how to incorporate all of the necessary elements of building both of her main characters to strong beings. Every character that is presented have their own personality and story. It gives the story a real feeling. Sometimes authors can portray drama as super dramatic and fake, especially when it comes to high school drama. But the way McGarry writes it is so very realistic. It isn’t played up by fake drama that’s just there to make for a good story.

Pushing The Limits is raw. It is edgy. And most of all it is real. This is unlike any Young Adult Contemporary novel out there. It is not the average teen romance – boy meets girl, girl likes boy, and they get together. Nope. Noah and Echo’s story is so much more than that. It portrays deep issues that not many others can understand in reality without having gone through it themselves. It’s not just an average contemporary and that is what makes this novel so unique. Even those who are not fans of contemporary novels will love this book. Pushing The Limits will grab hold of readers hearts and it will not let go until the very end. Do not miss out on this raw, heartfelt, gripping love story of two completely different people coming together in hopes of finding what they thought they lost forever.


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