July 15, 2012

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry Review

Pushing the Limits
by Katie McGarry
Expected publication on July 31st 2012
Harlequin Teen, 384 pages
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"I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise." Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

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.

- Goodreads.com description

Oh, WOW. This book is absolutely fabulous. The story was so compelling that I couldn't stop reading it! I hated that I needed to go to work, because I would have rather read this awfully amazing book than work :P

Echo. Echo is a broken girl, to whom her mother did some really awful things. Her Dad remarried with her nanny Ashley and Echo hated it. Her brother went to the Marines and he died. She felt so alone. On one hand she was broken inside, on the other she was so so strong. I really liked her and it was easy for me to connect with her. Don't we all have parents issues and insecurities about being accepted from others at school? I really felt her.

Noah. Oh God, this boy was somehow broken too, but in a different way. In the beginning he was kind of a jerk, but then the reader could see that underneath that strong composure there was a boy who has lost everything and was trying to save what was left to save. I loved him too.

And what's even more cool is that all the story revolves around a psychologist!! :P Mrs. Collins was just amazing! If I will decide to do therapy.. I hope someday I will be exactly like her. As an almost psychologist it was a delight to read how the therapy worked.

The book is written is such a beautiful way. The story is told in two points of view, from Echo's and Noah's and that was so great, because it gives the reader the possibility to see in both their heads. It was actually quite intriguing ;) 

If you love reading about romance, parents issues, issues of growing up and all these mixed with some great deal of mystery, Pushing the limits it's the perfect book for you! ;) You won't be disappointed, because really, this book is made of awesome! <3
Some of my favourite quotes:
"I've already lost a piece of my mind. I can't trust you with what's left."

"Echo couldn't hurt anyone, especially when she seemed so breakable herself. But the need I felt to be the one to keep the world from shattering her only confirmed Beth's theory. I was falling for her and I was fucked."

"Echo placed the expertly folded blanket back on the couch and smoothed it several times, insisting on finding perfection in a world where none existed."


7 comments :

Zoe said...

Great review! Echo and Noah seem like amazing characters with a lot of complexity and realism.

Liviania said...

Good review! I've heard mixed things but still want to read this one.

Sarah (saz101) said...

Oh, Nea, I LOVED this one, and I am so so SO excited to see you loved it, too! Also: oh my goodness! MRS COLLINS! I LOVED HER... and NOAH. AND ECHO. AND AND AND! I loved the complexity of the characters... that the 'bad' ones like Echo's dad and stepmum weren't bad at all, and that we saw her coming around and... LOVE!!!

Leanne said...

Wow, phenomenal review! I've been meaning to read this for awhile, but never got to it. You definitely convinced me to do so ASAP. Lovely quotes you chose and happy reading, Nea!

manda-rae said...

Ooh, may be I do need t pick this one up. I was never really interested, but your review makes me want to pick it up now.

Joie said...

Fabulous review Nea!! :D
I've been so psyched for this book and I'm so glad to hear it's good! I also love psychology so that'll be fun to read about!
Fantastic choice of quotes too! :)

Tabitha said...

Fantastic review! Noah and Echo both sound like absolutely amazing characters and I can't wait to read about them. Thanks for the review, and I love the quotes you chose!

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