Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits

By Katie McGarry
Editions: ebook, hardcover, paperback
Expected publication: July 31st 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: netgalley

“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.

An edgy romance that pulls you in and never lets go. I was hooked!Gena Showalter, New York Times bestselling author of the Intertwined series

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.
~ Goodreads Blurb

Oh My God!!! I have died and gone to bookish heaven reading this xDDD

As I tend to when I really want to read a book, I didn’t look much into this. I didn’t read opinions on it beyond the fabulous alerts claiming this was awesome. I wanted it to be full-kick when I’d read, so I didn’t want to know anything about it. And I read, finally.

Lord Almighty! This book was mind blowing, and I don’t think you hear me saying that often by large, let alone in the YA section of my reads. This was the kind of good that Saving June was, but perhaps even better, or at least just as good. If you like that sort of reading, then this baby must be read at once, as soon as you possibly can. It’s times like this I love NetGalley and Harlequin just that much more 😀

The story kicked off strong, with a therapy session that pretty much gave me the chills. The reactions I had towards the characters in this scene were consistent throughout the read pretty much. I was really protective of Echo, and all deer-eyed about Noah. As the chapters poured on, I was teary eyed about them both, brokenhearted, incredibly touched, and filled with hope. This was one of those emotional roller coaster reads , and you guys know I love those like insanely. There’s a lot of drama in this story, a lot pain and some healing, but also a lot of love. The incredible, desperate kind of love that always sweeps me off my feet in any read. Though we’re talking about YA – though not naive YA, and for this I wanna give the author factories of cookies xD – , there’s a lot and I mean a lot of intensity here. Intensity=Perfection in my scale of delights, so this to me scores the highest a book can score.

The characters were really amazing, realistic, charismatic (even the antagonists or the least likable, which is a rare talent to find), but especially Echo and Noah, they were believable and easy to relate to emotionally, though I sincerely hope none of you out there can relate to their stories much. Heartbreaking stories…I was quivering with sadness for them…Despite all adversity though, they both became amazing people and I loved them for their strengths, their weaknesses, for who they were.
Noah and Echo had amazing chemistry, I loved every moment they were together, they just clicked so amazingly well for me without being the perfect guy, the perfect girl, or by any means the perfect couple. It’s that imperfect kind of incredible beauty between them that had me sighing and wagging my metaphoric tail all over the place here 😀

You’ll notice I’m talking in plural, we basically have two MC-s here, the story is told from both Echo and Noah’s POV in the first person narrative. As you’ll recall, I’m generally not a fan of jumping POV-s in any stories, but here I just loved them both so much I was glad for that extra insight into their minds, into their feelings and souls.

The writing is straight up amazing, simple as that. It’s that kind of accessible, straightforward writing that gets you all tingly and tormented and delighted, with strong imagery and intense emotional response. When I feel this way about someone’s writing, it generally means I’ll most likely worship every single thing they write, and it happened here. I’m almost positive I’ll adore anything this author ever writes, in fact I adore everything she’s even planning on writing! That’s how good this was.

All in all, my simple opinion is you seriously need to give this a try. It’s genius, guys, just…genius! Balm for the soul 😀

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Dramatic, realistic YA or idyllic/naive, what gets you all happy and excited in a book? Should books show human beings as they ought to be, becoming ideals, or show us how we are, becoming realities? Which one of the two directions do you like better?


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