Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: July 31, 2012
Source: ARC from Romantic Times Conference
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About the Book: 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 Thoughts: Before I read this book i thought I knew what to expect. I was hearing things like "gritty" and it seemed to be a good (but secretly troubled) girl/bad (but really not so bad) boy kind of thing. While much of that was true, I think I was expecting something a little more "surface." Boy was I wrong. Pushing the Limits totally wowed me.
I was instantly drawn in to the story and the characters lives. The chapters of the book alternate between Echo and Noah. As a reader we really get to know these two main characters. Yes, there are secondary characters and we get to know some of them a bit as well. Still, the book is spent totally in either Echo's or Noah's head. This made me feel so invested. At times I literally had tears streaming down my face... like, many times. Noah and Echo are so very broken. They have been failed by the people in their lives who should have protected them. But they don't give up. I loved that about them.
This is a Harlequin Teen title... I can't forget to mention the romance. It. is. sizzling. I loved it so very, very much. Noah and Echo aren't perfect. They make mistakes. Their relationship isn't just sunshine, lollipops and rainbows. They are tested both individually and together. They grow and change and give each other room to do both of these things. It really worked for me.
Pushing the Limits captured my attention and then my heart. It's a riveting and emotional read that touches on many different issues in real and authentic ways but doesn't feel like "an issue book." My heart is still feeling the effects!
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