Review: Pushing the Limits

January 5, 2013 Review 18 ★★★★

Review: Pushing the Limits
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
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Publisher: Harlequin
Source: Publisher
Pages: 416
Release Date: April 30th 2013
Series: Pushing the Limits #1
Genres: Love & Romance, Runaways, Social Issues, Young Adult
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.

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.

But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his surprising understanding, Echo"s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common.

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.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


PUSHING THE LIMITS is a story about two lost souls who have been hurt emotionally, and sometimes even physically, falling in love. Reading their perspective, you’ll be glad you have something nice to come home to every day.

“Her shoulders never shook. No tears streamed down her face. The worst type of crying wasn’t the kind everyone could see–the wailing on street corners, the tearing at clothes. No, the worst kind happened when your soul wept and no matter what you did, there was no way to comfort it. A section withered and became a scar on the part of your soul that survived. For people like me and Echo, our souls contained more scar tissue than life.”

Echo and Noah are a mess, and together you would think they would be a catastrophe. The opposite is true, sometimes you need someone as broken as yourself to heal you.

This is one of the few novels that will make you cringe at the horror of reality. Written honestly and realistically, PUSHING THE LIMITS will make you feel every bit of emotion Echo and Noah feel. To really understand, though, I think you need to have a Noah or Echo inside you. Maybe not as shattered as they are, but a small experience that makes you able to relate to the pain they are feeling. 

“It doesn’t get better,” I said. “The pain. The wounds scab over and you don’t always feel like a knife is slashing through you. But when you least expect it, the pain flashes to remind you you’ll never be the same.”

The novel slowed down for me in the middle, which is supposed to do the opposite. I almost felt like the next two hundred pages could have been cut off but reading on I found that they were the most powerful parts of the story.

So what makes it four stars?

It was almost too dramatic. To the point it was borderline unrealistic. I understand that these things do happen in my real but so many of them at one time? It makes an entertaining story but if you step back and look at it you’ll realize it’s a little too much.

If you focus on mainly the romance and not the message behind the story, I do not see you truly enjoying the book. Definitely give this one a shot, it was a short read-and I’m not talking about the 400 pages-that will make me think about how someone else’s world can be completely different than ours even though we are on the same planet.

Rating Report
Overall: 4

18 Responses to “Review: Pushing the Limits”

  1. Book Whales

    I enjoyed this book so much. One of my faves last year :D Thanks for stopping by our blog! I like your cute site. New Follower


  2. Delaney

    Wow I’m just like staring at the trailer and it’s just captivating me in ways only trailers do…. Okay! Ehmm, anyways. Your review is just the icing to the cake right after watching that trailer. I’m not kidding. It explains why I’m kinda reluctant to read it, but at the same time, your review, makes me want to see what i think about it.

    I think I want cake now…

  3. The Readingista

    I picked this up this past week and just peeked at the first few pages. Echo was hysterical from what little I saw. I plan on getting to it in March. I can understand that a story can be so dramatic that it falls short of reality, but I love all the drama in my reads that I could never stand in life. Thanks for your great review.

  4. Jennifer Lane

    “sometimes you need someone as broken as yourself to heal you”

    Very true! I gave this book 5 stars because it made me bawl, and I really loved Noah’s character.

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