Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (review)

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

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.

416 pages | Published: July 31, 2012 | Harlequin Teen

MY THOUGHTS:

Pushing the Limits is YA romance at its best; it packs the heat, tension and kissing, then boils it down to some very steamy scenes.

I had my reservations about this one. Loner with a leather jacket? Popular girl-turned-freak? It seemed all too overdone. Then, to my surprise, this wasn’t the case at all! Looking past some of the soap opera plot points, Noah and Echo really stand out as main characters. I really enjoyed getting both of their perspectives, especially because they don’t rehash the same events over and over. The two of them, while entwined, also function separately and have their own stories to share. I feel that Noah’s story is more compelling, offers the most resolution and provides the most growth. Echo’s story, while compelling, is full of holes that aren’t really resolved or known.

Noah and Echo’s relationship is at the forefront through most of the novel, but it works. It’s not forced, it’s not love at first sight. And despite it being incredibly swoon-worthy and steamy, it’s not made out to be all about the sex. In fact, it’s the opposite. The physicality of their relationship, while highly prevalent, isn’t as important as the meaning and rationalization behind it. I like that they both think things through even though they know what they want. I like that they use their heads.

That being said, I did still have a few issues with their relationship – namely, that it’s taken to the Nth degree. It’s not just I love you or I want to be with you, it’s You are mine forever and ever. There’s a lot of talk about ownership. She’s his girl. He’s her guy. I didn’t think it was demonstrated enough how destructive this behavior of theirs is. It’s touched upon, but resolved too quickly.

But when you get past that, Pushing the Limits delivers heated romance and heartbreaking tales.

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8 Responses to “REVIEW! Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry.”

  1. *pokes you* This book is on my wishlist! I had sort of forgotten about it because I haven’t seen any reviews lately, but now I want it all over again!

  2. Liz. R says:

    I feel the same about this book. I liked it but didn’t love it and I agree about the ownership aspect of the relationship. Plus I hate how often Noah said “baby” -_-. But I did really enjoy the story and the romance overall. Great review :).

    • Alissa says:

      YES. THANK YOU. I usually complain about the “baby” thing, but I’ve been seeing it SO often in books that I figured there MUST be people out there that like/use it.

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  4. I got this at BEA & it does look good. I’m glad you liked it and it sounds like it really works. I really dislike when different pov’s overlap and there is a ton of redundancy. I do think that teens can be very emotional though…I know they talk like that.

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