Pushing the Limits
By: Katie McGarry
Released: July 31, 2012
Source: Netgalley/ARC from BEA
Purchase the Book: Amazon
"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." (Summary from goodreads.com)
I completely loved Pushing the Limits and I never wanted this book to end. I loved the plot, the characters, and especially the writing. When I first started hearing about this book I knew it would be a story that would touch me personally. So I admit I was a little hesitant about picking it up because of my own personal reasons. However I'm so happy I didn't let that stop me from reading this book and I'm particularly happy with how McGarry delivered Echo and Noah's story.
Echo went from being one of the popular girls to a complete outcast. She has scars on her arms and no recollection of what happened the night she got them. She wants to be normal but she also wants to know what happened to her. It was easy for me to connect with her from the beginning. Echo is a complex character and I really enjoyed how McGarry developed her over the course of the story.
Then there is bad boy Noah who is also an outcast with his own secrets. I loved how the relationship between Noah and Echo developed. The chemistry between them was evident from the beginning but their relationship developed naturally and at a realistic pace. There were several other characters I completely loved also such as Lila, Isaiah, and Grace.
I loved how McGarry alternated the chapters between Echo and Noah. I'm a big fan of alternating point of views and I think it especially worked well in this book. It not only helped develop Noah and Echo much stronger but it also helped move the plot along. The writing was just beautiful and it all flowed smoothly from one page to the next. It was definitely a struggle to put this book down at night.
Overall, Pushing the Limits was an honest and intense story. This book made me smile, laugh, cry, and it even caused my heart to ache quite a bit. McGarry did an excellent job handling several issues in this book too. I can't wait to read what she writes next because this book has definitely made me a fan now. Pushing the Limits has rightfully earned a place as being one of my new favorite contemporary books and I strongly recommend it!