Review: Pushing the Limits

29 October, 2012 / 4 Comments

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Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pub Date: August 1, 2012
My Copy: eBook, about 507 Kobo 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.


My Review
Pushing the Limits was an enjoyable book, filled with emotion, family drama, and romance.  I thought that the story was good and enjoyable.  The storyline wasn’t very creative or unique: a good girl causing a bad boy to turn good for her and a what-should-have-been cute little love story being ruined by bad/dramatic home lives.  The main ideas in this story have been done before for sure, but that doesn’t mean that this book wasn’t enjoyable.  It was.  I thought that McGarry did a very good job and her writing was great as well.
The story is told in alternating POVs between Echo and Noah.  I actually preferred Noah’s narrations better for some reason.  This is weird for me, because I typically prefer reading from a female’s perspective rather than a male’s (since I am a female).  Noah is an endearing young man.  He has home-life issues that have ultimately turned him into a girl-using, non-caring, stoner — at least, on the outside.  Throughout the book, we discover the real Noah and how caring he actually is, especially when it comes to his love for his brothers.  Echo is similar in some ways.  There was an incident in her past that caused her to lose her popularity at school and to become more of a loner herself.  But, she still manages to keep up her grades and be an all-around good girl.  Therefore, in many ways, these two are meant for each other, as they both are understanding about having not-so-perfect home lives.
I would recommend this book to all you romance lovers out there, as there is plenty of lovey-dovey content. It is also more than just a simple love story, though, as you will see once you pick the book up and begin to delve into the lives of Noah and Echo.  I enjoyed it and think that you would too!  Although I really liked this novel, it’s not one of those books that will leave me missing and yearning for the characters; I can leave Noah and Echo in my past without screaming out for more.
4 stars blue


A Peek Inside:
A chair down the row from mine shifted and my
mouth watered from the aroma of hot cinnamon
rolls. I snuck a peek and noticed red, silky, 
curly hair. I knew her. Echo Emerson.

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4 Responses to “Review: Pushing the Limits”

  1. I adored this book but I also agree with you that I enjoyed Noah’s POV better. But in most of the books like these I think I always enjoy the male POV better just because romantic tales are usually always told from a female perceptive and I think it’s always a more intriguing read when it’s got a male POV in it

    • That’s true. The majority of books (especially romance ones) are told in the female’s POV, so it is definitely refreshing to read from a male’s perspective.

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