Pushing the Limits written by Katie McGarry
Publisher Harlequin Enterprises
Publication Date: August 1st 2012
Genres: YA Contemporary Romance
Series: Pushing the Limits #1
Narrated by MacLeod Andrews, Tara Sands
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
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"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...
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I’m not really into reading YA Contemporary Romance because it’s YA and I normally get frustrated by high school antics (I mean, not like I wasn’t a teenager back then). Sometimes, I can’t help but keep rolling my eyes. Pushing the Limits surprised me in a good way! This book is everything I thought a YA book isn’t – real and emotional and deals with adult themes.
I love how these two broken characters met and fell in love. Echo has been hurt by someone she loves and the brother who she loves dies while in the military. Noah, on the other hand, is a foster kid, trying to keep his family together.
Noah’s story broke me. WOW! The fears that he has had and the guilt he has carried all these years tugged at my heartstrings. Also, he is fighting for his two younger brothers who were fostered somewhere else. He is deemed as someone who can’t control his temper and can only see his brothers for a limited time. What I love was the decision he made in the end for his family. Man, I couldn’t stop bawling my eyes out!
Echo is also an awesome character. She is in a weird place where she is trying to deal with the incident that happened to her and the death of her brother. She also used to be a popular student and even though, she had her best friend, she basically retreated into her self.
Healing, Romance & Friendship
The friendship and love between Echo and Noah. They are the typical opposites attract couple – Echo used to be popular and Noah is the school bad boy. And yet, when the two hatch up a plan together, we see their friendship bloom, and of course turn to love.
I love how Katie MacGarry dealt with the truths in this book and I also loved how they were revealed to the reader. I love how she slowly gives us a little bit of the story throughout the book until it sneaks up and slams the truth to the readers.
Family is Everything
Family is really important in Pushing the Limits and while it does seem that Echo’s dad, who is now married to her babysitter (who is pregnant, by the way) is super controlling and just mean. It is revealed why he is the way he is. In the end, we see Echo come to terms with her life and her family and actually start repairing her relationship with them.
In Noah’s case, he is fighting for custody of his brothers who have been placed in a family planning to adopt them. At the beginning of the book, we are lead to think that there is something going on, when the truth is revealed and Noah’s decision is made, I couldn’t help but cry.
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Pushing the Limits is read by MacLeod Andrews and Tara Sands and they are amazing together. Pacing is perfect and the tone is on point – even MacLeod sounds like a teenager!
I can’t recommend this book enough. Pushing the Limits is a darker YA contemporary romance that deals with dark themes but masterfully written.
If you love stories that are emotional and dark and deal with the hard truths in life, Pushing the Limits is a book that you should check out!
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