Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Title: Pushing the Limits
Series: Pushing the Limits #1
Author: Katie McGarry
Published: July 31st 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

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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

Echo Emerson is the school outcast. Scarred and traumatized from an incident she can’t remember, and continually pushed by her over controlling father in an effort to cover his own guilt. Noah Hutchins is the school deadbeat who has lost his parents in a fire, and now stands to lose his brothers in the foster system, the system which has failed him and which he is determined to rescue his brothers from.

When the school psychologist pushes them together, little does she know that two of the most damaged kids could just be the healing salve both of them need.

This book deals with some heavy issues: mental illness, recreational drug use, abuse, etc. It’s at times sad, at times sexy, at times hopeful and at times heart breaking. The one thing it’s never is boring.

The story alternates POV between Echo and Noah, allowing the reader to get to know each of them as a separate entity and not just the love interest. They are both fantastic characters who go through a lot of growth and development and complement each other well. Echo provides the stability and drive that Noah needs to stop being an overachiever, and Noah provides the freedom and courage that Echo needs to overcome her past and embrace her future.

Truthfully, I hadn’t thought I would like it. I figured it was just another of those overhyped books that would irritate the crabbits out of me. I was wrong. I could not put the book down.

That said, it’s not a perfect book. Sometimes I wanted to beat the characters senseless. Some of the things I thought was important was just breezed over. None of that mattered though, the book is still the kind of good that makes overlooking the minor flaws easy.


KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

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