Saturday, June 9, 2012

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits
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. 

Heart-wrenching, romantic, and absolutely beautiful! Pushing the Limits is a wonderful story of falling in love and healing from past wounds.

Pushing the Limits is full of thrills, though not in the way of action or fights. It's more subtle. As Echo tries to remember what happened to her the night she almost died, the flashes and subsequent emotional turmoil that Echo goes though provide a sense of thrills and true, heart-breaking emotions.

Echo is a lovely character. She's incredibly strong for dealing with what happened to her that night. For a while, I was a little irritated with her as she let herself be controlled by her friends for the sake of gaining normalcy. After years of being an outcast, she wanted to find normal again. While I understood that, it didn't stop me from cheering when she grew a backbone and stood up to her friends, particularly the one who considered friendship conditioned. But it was only about the first half of the book that she was sucking up to her "friends" so I got over it pretty quickly. And after that, Echo became an even greater character. I really liked her and cheered her on as she got past that night.

Noah was a complicated character. He's been thrown around in foster care for a few years since his parents died. Because of this, he's been labeled as a bad guy. But he's not. He's extremely devoted to his two younger brothers, both of whom are in the same foster house. Noah would never do anything to jeopardize his privilege to visit them. It was really sweet how protective Noah was over his brothers (both of whom were some of the cutest children ever). And his relationship with Echo was the sweetest thing ever. He was adorable to Echo and a more perfect boyfriend you would be hard pressed to find. His eloquent poetry of his love was spectacular.

"Fuck me and the rest of the world, I was in love."

Isn't that the most romantic sentence you've ever read? But all joking aside, he truly was a brilliant character. He struggles to reconcile his devotion to his brothers and his love for Echo, finding it hard to fit the two into his future. This leads him to do something more than a little stupid, but I couldn't fault him for it. Though that whole stupid something made things a little awkward. But, I adored him and was ecstatic when he and Echo got their happy endings after going through so much.  

The story was original, full of heart-ache but topped with a brilliant, happy ending. The emotions felt very real, and it wasn't hard to get attached to these characters.

Pushing the Limits is a spectacular book.


Thanks to Netgalley for a copy!

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