Thursday, June 28, 2012

Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

Hardcover: 384 pages
Expected Publication: July 31st 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
ISBN: 0373210493 
ISBN13: 9780373210497
Series: Standalone [But there will be a companion, Beth's Story]
Received: eARC from Publisher via Netgalley
Challenges: 2012 YA Contemporary Challenge; 2012 Goodreads Challenge
"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.
Pushing The Limits was such an amazing story all around. I fell in love with everything about this book. I had so many emotions while reading this book. Following right along with the characters. Pushing The Limits touched my heart. This book was intense. 
In Pushing The Limits you will meet 2 main characters. Echo & Noah. Who are both suffering from so much in their lives. Who each think they know each other, but what they will find out is they were completely wrong. Echo & Noah will be pushed together by the hands of their school counselor Mrs. Collins. From that day on they will be forced to face their demons, overcome their past, and have tough decisions to make they never thought they could make, and possibly fall in love with the one person they never thought they would.
Echo has had it rough lately. Everything in her life has crumbled to a million pieces, and then there is that one night. The one she cannot remember. What happened that night with her mother and her that night? The one that left Echo with scars, and a lost memory it seems she will never recover. Echo's father is so overprotective. To the point Echo just wants out. Her father has re-married, and what makes it worse is that he married her babysitter/nanny, Ashley. Who Echo feels has ruined everything. And now her father & evil step mother is having a baby. A replacement baby? One that will help them forget her brother who died, and Echo who will turn out just like her mother. It's the perfect plan in Echos head. But maybe that isn't it at all. There is something else wrapped up in that memory that she cannot remember, something that involves her father. But will knowing what happened that night help Echo, or leave her broken for the rest of her life?
To everyone Noah is your average Bad Boy. Even Echo believes him to just be the stoner, who cares about nothing, but getting high and being dumb. But what she does not know, Noah is broken, he holds guilt for the fire that took his parents lives. He is in foster care separated from his brothers! He is very alone, and just wants his family to be back together. & Noah will do anything to make that happen. Noah believes he can give his brothers a better life then their foster parents. Then again, Noah may soon find out that what he wants is not best for everyone. He may have to give into the one thing that he never wanted to do. Leaving him alone forever. Did I mention that Noah is a total heart melting, hot, hot, hottie!? Oh yeah. Well he is. Just the things that he did, or said *sigh* Noah has defiantly been added to my list of bad boy, who have captivated my heart!
This girl owned my soul and stole my heart. ~Noah ♥
"Say the word, baby, and I'll rock your world." ~Noah ♥
Mrs. Collins gave Echo the job of tutoring Noah, which she is not too excited about. But Echo & Noah came up with a plan, that will help each other figure out what is going on, and what happened. In the process of working together, they learn more about each other. They learn things about themselves. They grow, as individuals but also they grow together. I loved seeing Echo & Noah learn new things about themselves through out the book. Seeing them open up to each other, the connection, the chemistry between the two was great. Everything is played out perfectly. They do not have insta-love. In fact Echo takes longer then I feel she needed to see what was right there all along. What lied within those chocolate brown eyes that belonged to Noah! After they are finally together, it is not all rainbows & cupcakes. They have to deal with a lot of drama. Between their lives, family & friends Echo & Noah have a lot of things that they have to go through. But in the end, will they get through it all together? Or will the pain of  their lives tear them apart?!
I loved Noah & Echo together. There conversations, the way that Noah wanted so much to help Echo. 
Pushing The Limits was a perfect contemporary!! This book has so much to offer. Katie McGarry wrote a beautiful book about two broken characters. Not only were the Main Characters interesting, but also the side characters were as well. I wanted to know more about Noah's foster siblings. I feel there is so much more to them, especially Beth. After I finished Pushing The Limits, I found out that there is going to be a companion to this book, which will be Beth's story. That made me very happy. I cannot wait to learn more about her. 
Pushing The Limits was breathtakingly beautiful!


  1. An awesome review Loretta! I absolutely adored everything about Pushing the Limits - perfectly imperfect characters, a really sweet romance and a great storyline, all a big plus for me.. Can't wait to read more books by this amazing author.

    Sharon @ Obsession with Books

  2. I am so glad you liked this book as much as I did! I thought it was amazing. I loved the story and the characters.

  3. I'm so glad you loved this book since I ended up loving it as well. I agree that it was a very emotional read. Both Noah and Echo were fantastic characters. :)
    I can't wait for Beth's story. :D

  4. I'm so glad you loved this! It's one of the next books I'm going to read and I'm so psyched now!

  5. FAB review, Loretta! This one seems like it's really going to affect me and touch my heart like it did yours. I'm really happy you liked it, and I love that you also found the minor characters interesting! YAY!

  6. I meet the author at ALA and got a signed copy of this one so I can NOT wait to read it. I have heard nothing but amazing things on this book and I must read it asap. I love contemps that are so much more than just the couple falling in love. I love there is no instant love in this one and I love that they have problems with each other even once they are together.

    Sign me up for this one because it sounds EPIC!
    Thanks for the awesome review chica, so glad you loved it!

  7. This books does sound amazing. Can't wait until I can read it. Thanks for the great review.


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