Sunday, August 12, 2012

Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Title: Pushing the Limits
Series: Pushing the Limits, #1
Author: Katie McGarry
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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

This is a book that shines.
Heart gripping and stunning.
Raw and real.
A contemporary read that you have to pick up!

Pushing the Limits, how can I even start with my explanation to why I loved this book. Maybe it spoke to me so much was because it was raw, real and oh so not sugar-coated like most contemporary books out there. I love reading about characters that have dark pasts, or had a very traumatic event that scarred them, left them broken, in a way.  It wasn’t all sunshine and daises, and that makes a story strong, real and believable no matter what the author throws at you. But yet, it is still so beautiful.

“I must have killed a lot of cows in a past life for Karma to hate me this much” –ebook pg. 91

Echo Emerson was once a very popular girl who had a somewhat perfect life, till one night changed that forever. A night Echo has no memory of, only these scars on her arms she hides from everyone. Since that event, Echo wants nothing more for her life to be back to ‘normal’ whatever that is for her. She wants her memories back, her mom back, her brother, her dad, and her life.
 She is desperate for normal.
And she never expected that ‘normal’ to come from Noah Hutchins, foster kid, stoner, and the one-night-stand, kind of guy.
Noah never imagined that it would be Echo who would 'see' him, turn his world around and save him in ways he didn’t even know he needed saving in. Noah seems to be fighting the world, being dumped from one foster house to the next, getting high and having different girls in his bed. Life is life to Noah, nothing special and nothing grand. All he wants is his family together, and he is dead-set to make that happen. 
With a series of events that take place and Noah sees the scars on Echo’s arms, he realizes that Echo isn’t what he thought. And Echo sees that Noah isn't what she thought all along.

Echo and Noah see something in each, after the layers of brick walls they surround themselves with, they both realized, they are alike and they need each other.
When Noah enters Echo’s life, they both discover things about themselves, the mysteries that surround Echo and Noah is much more than what he portrays to others.

They then began to understand each other.
Learn about each other.
And see who they really are.
They each reveal the deepest parts.

They find normal together.

What I loved so much about this book was not only the amazing and wonderfully told plot, the twists and mysteries that the author puts in, but the characters, Echo and Noah.
Echo and Noah are damaged, they have experienced things in life no one their age should go through; however, they are truly strong from their experiences. They have such depth and emotions, it came right off the page.

My siren had sung to me for way too long, capturing my heart, tempting me with her body, driving me slowly insane. Now, I expected her to pay up. –ebook pg. 157

McGarry made both Echo and Noah astoundingly. I enjoyed the way she writes, the way she describes the characters and also their inner thoughts.
That had me cracking up, sighing, crying, and rejoicing right there with them.
And it was heartening how they both want normal, or anything close to normal that they can get.

Echo is inspiring, how she keeps fighting, how she learns how to have courage, to place one foot in front of the other. And Noah is that cocky bad boy that you just fall for. He had me, uh, swooning hard ;)

Even though he appeared, ‘don’t effin’ mess with me, he has a big heart. There was so much I loved about both these characters.

I really loved the alternating POVs between Noah and Echo. It gave an aspect of their lives you wouldn’t imagine. However, it was also frustrating 'cause you know what the two characters are thinking! At times I wanted to smack ‘em, shake ‘em and also hug ‘em.

Then we have Mrs. Collins. Dear lord, I don’t know why, but she was a great character to me. Her mad driving skills had me cackling. 

Why I felt Pushing the Limits was a great contemporary was because Echo and Noah don't hit it off right away, they, in a way, hated each other. They barely get along.
McGarry allows the readers to be able to see their relationship grow, it felt natural and I could feel the slow and steady attraction towards each other.
So it’s different, in most contemporary books, the characters usually have that love at first sight moment. Which I do love to read about, but having it where they don’t really like each other, it brings a little something more to the book.

I saw great character growth and the plot and story was brilliant. It paced and moved greatly. We get to see each character struggle and overcome their fears.

So, if you just have a soft spot for contemporary books with a love that builds and a plot that is raw, beautiful and will bring tears to your eyes. I recommend Pushing the Limits! It is a great read, in my opinion :)


  1. I'm planning on reading this one very soon--have it out from the library!

  2. You described this book perfectly and I have to agree with everything you said. This book is made of awesome, because it is so edgy. Love the relationship and LOVE Mrs. Collins. I simply cannot wait for Beth's story. Awesome sauce review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

    In other news: I love that there is now a Team Tod button on your blog. Also, I see that you are back to reading Soul Screamers, which excites me, cannot wait to see what you think of the rest of the series =]

    1. Thank you!! This book was definitely made of awesome! And Mrs. Collins, god, brilliant!! ha ha
      I can't wait for her story either! It's going to be good :)

      Thank you so much for checking out my review!

      *giggles* Hell yeah! Team Tod all the way! It really is a good series and I'm so glad I have the time to pick it back up!!

      You rock my socks!


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