Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Review: Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

Read from July 22, 2012
to August 8, 2012
Book: Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry
Publication Date: July 31, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Number of Pages: 384
Genre/s: Young Adult, Contemporary

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. - From Goodreads

"I love you enough to never make you choose."

Pushing the Limits surprised me. It was an emotional journey all throughout and I loved every second of it.

Both coming from a troubled, imperfect life, Noah and Echo have a lot of issues. But in an unexpected turn of events, they crossed each others path and they couldn't deny the sudden, intense attraction they felt for each other. 

Boy, I wasn't expecting this book to be heavy. It was a can full of issues and predicaments that I am entirely in awe of McGarry for really making it work. It wasn't dreary, galling nor was it ever dragging. It was drama with all the perks. I think most of what I truly loved from Pushing the Limits was the characters. The main and supporting characters were fully rounded. They were solidly developed and they were utterly real. 

Noah and Echo had an amazing chemistry together. Suffering from great losses, they were pretty messed up but together they brought each other alive. I loved seeing them grow and accept what had happened to them. It was like watching a withered rose bloom again. The scars would of course stay with them for a very long time even forever but they gave each other hope. That everything would be alright as long they're together. It was I think one of the main reasons why they completely compliment each other. 

Hooking me right from the first page, Pushing the Limits is one of my favorite contemporary read this year. I must say I found myself sniffling and feeling this tightness in my throat. McGarry had created a novel that would surely stir something in our hearts. It broke my heart in many different moments and just so you know, I'm still quite on the mending phase. 

4 1/2 Cupids

An advance copy was provided by the publisher at no cost via Netgalley


  1. I don't read much contemporary, but I'm going to give this one a try, since I've read so many great reviews.

  2. I just finished reading this, and I loved it! I was also really surprised by how emotional it was. I think Katie McGarry handled the heavy topics really well.

  3. I agree, this book WAS heavy.. and I'm glad you enjoyed it! For me, it was nice, but not THAT wow! I felt like there was toooo much romance! lol! I really liked Noah and Echo as well! Great review!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  4. Yay, so glad you enjoyed this! It really surprised me too, because I'm not usually a contemp romance reader but I loved it!

  5. I read this 1-2 months ago and also loved it. I had heard so many good things about it. But i wasn't expecting it to be that heavy. Made me cry.

  6. Pushing The Limits, my favorite YA, stuck on this book, story & character,

  7. You know whats sad? I have had this book for a while now, because I was lucky enough to win a copy, but I still have not had a chance to read it. I am glad that I read your review tonight. It reminded me that there is a fantastic book on my shelf ready for me to read it already!


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