Title: Pushing the Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Read via: eARC from Publisher via Net Galley
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
It’s hard to think of where to start with this review, because I am still so caught up in the story. I’ve been looking forward to this book since I first read the summary about six months ago, so I was so excited when the publisher asked if I would review it. Pushing the Limits did not disappoint. In fact, it completely blew me away. I thought I had the plot figured out going in, but I was wonderfully surprised that it did not play out how I expected.
Poor Echo. She’s had the most miserable life for the past few years, and it’s impossible not to feel sorry for her. At the same time, however, she is ultimately such a strong character that I must admire her as well. Noah drove me crazy sometimes with his impulsiveness, but I respected the reasoning behind his choices. Both characters have such complex and well-developed back stories, and I loved the variety of supporting characters, all of whom had great depth. The relationship between Echo and Noah develops naturally, but explodes into something that is so much more than just friendship. Sparks certainly do fly between the two of them.
I love the edge of mystery that played out through the book. I was continually making guesses as to what really happened with Echo that night, and if Noah’s brothers were actually in danger. It was fascinating and compelling with both plotlines weaving together quite naturally. The fact that this book tackles and actually deals with some heavy issues- mental illness, foster care- was impressive.
Overall, what can I say? I am head-0ver-heels in love with this book, and I would highly, highly recommend it. It reminds me somewhat of Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles or an edgier (much edgier) Sarah Dessen story. This was so worth the read; I will definitely be buying it as soon as possible. Katie McGarry is an author to watch!
Overall: 4.3 out of 5