Saturday, June 7, 2014

Book Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Release Date: July 31, 2012

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Pages: 392

Received: Library

Star Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

                 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.

My Thoughts:

The synopsis might be very stereotypical, but the delivery was unique and a great story. I wanted to read this book because of all the hype. It was such an interesting take of a cliche and make it into something individual. Yes, there's more than love in this story, but there's also a bigger story of family and friendship.

Echo had it all until the unfortunate accident: one of the popular girls, jock boyfriend, etc. Throughout the book, we are asking questions ourselves what happened to Echo and what was fact or fiction. She goes back to school with odd scars on her arms and is trying to get back her old friends. While trying to be "normal" and never exposing her scars and hanging out with her old boyfriend, Echo meets Noah. He has a black leather jacket and more under that. He is basically the "bad boy" in the story with a broken past. What draws Echo and Noah together is their broken selves and their connection. 

Duo point of views are not my favorite, but I could deal with it in this novel. I could really see the differences between Echo and Noah. I guess you can say opposites attract. In the end, they're more than just strangers: soul mates. I'm also not a fan of the cover. It's very awkward holding a book that says "Pushing the Limits" and a cover when a guy and a girl kissing on it. The cover didn't dismount any of my opinions on what's inside of the book, but the plot was a twisting trip.

The plot grasps the reader in a seductive way. The romance was alluring and endearing. The characters had their own personality traits. I can't say I loved it, but I fairly enjoyed it. PUSHING THE LIMITS might look like a dark romance, but it's a story full of choices. I saw LOTS of development in the characters and in their relationships with their family. 

PUSHING THE LIMITS isn't your stereotypical love story. It is painful, seductive, and beautiful. The characters are filled with flaws, but that's what makes them genuine. I enjoyed this author's writing and if you crave for YA romance and realism, this is for you. I'm looking forward to reading the other companion novels.


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