Book Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Ebook provided by NetGalley.
Published August 3rd 2012 by Harlequin Teen

Book Description (from Goodreads):

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:

Reading a book? Easy. Getting your jumbled thoughts in order? Not so much. And that will happen if you read this book.

Scars. Popularity. Family. Friends. Foster Care. Drugs. Sex. Hope. Memories. Fighting the scare. Fighting for future. And above all, love.

Whatever I say, does not seem to do the justice to this book. It is a thrilling, versatile, beautiful read. This book broke my heart, too. There were moments when I wanted to cry. Then there were moments when I was laughing with the characters. There were moments when I wanted to hurl the book (but didn't want to hurt my laptop) because something was infuriating. But everything was wonderful.

The story, so many events, the love, the characters. Katie McGarry writes an incredible world and I sincerely hope there will be more books (after the second which is already announced). She introduced me to a world that is both so horrifying that there is nothing that can hinder one's heartache. On the other hand, there is love that helps to heal. For both protagonists. And the other characters? All just seem so real. Like they would jump out of the page, just to tell you their own story. Were this book any longer, even once again the length of itself, it would not have been enough. I would have devoured it nevertheless.

Love? I really do not know how to explain Noah and Echo. He makes fun of her. She tutors him. She's his siren. She's scared to open up. He makes her laugh. She wants truth. He wants nothing more than to get the custody of his brothers. They're finishing high school. But thanks to each other, they survive.
To fully understand, you need to read this book. And still, life will not be explained.

A short review is not something I usually do, but saying too many words would have not fully brought the excellence that is this book. It is a definite must read. Thank you Katie McGarry for bringing such a story to life!

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  1. Aaah, I so want to read it, but I thought it was taken down from NetGalley after pub date *scratch head*. Great to hear that it's as fantastic as everyone says.

    1. Nope, it' was still there. I was jumping mentally when I found it, not to mention when they approved. :)


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