Saturday, September 22, 2012

Lily's Review of Pushing the Limits, by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1) 

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.

Published July 31st 2012 by Harlequin Teen  

Lily's Rating: didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)


Now THIS is a contemporary YA novel that I can honestly say I salivated over, and was NOT disappointed!!!

I was actually going to read this later on the list, but from the reaction comments from a Goodreads friend, I had to read it immediately.


Echo has amnesia of the night that completely changed her life. She knows a few details from her father, and the little she could put together from outside sources, but all she has a meaningless flash images that don't give her any answers. Everyone at school have their own theories about the scars on her arms, and almost overnight, she was made a sort of outcast.

Noah went through a tragic event himself, and is fighting to keep his brothers close to him. But he keeps everyone else at a distance, until he meets Echo and thinks he may have a chance at being close to someone again.

This novel was emotionally charged to the max! I laughed, and cried and was scared for these characters as they tried to be comfortable with falling for each other, and while sorting through their issues. The writer was superb at ensuring that you are sucked in from the beginning of this journey. And where the situations as presented seemed to be pretty black and white at first, just as in real life, there were many grey areas. I almost felt like I was coming to understand the underlying situations along with both characters. And though both Echo and Noah could not be more opposite, their pain drew them together due to mutual understanding.  I discovered, along with both of them, that there is more than meets the eye when it comes to both of them; that both characters were normal human beings that hid behind their walls, but had such complicated layers to them that made them both so unique and worthy of true love.

This book was impossible to put down. I had a real struggle not to read this into the night.  I am thrilled that I had the opportunity to read this through NetGalley.

This novel was kindly provided by the publisher/author via

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About the Author:
(pic & bio from Goodreads)

KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website,, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads. 


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