Review: Pushing the Limits

March 14, 2013 Review 18 ★★★★½

Review: Pushing the Limits
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
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Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia
Source: Purchased
Pages: 326
Release Date: 25th July 2012
Series: Pushing the Limits #1
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance

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. 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.
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Contemporaries could be what you call ‘guilty pleasure books’ for me. I read them when I don’t feel like focusing on a plot heavy book, when I just want a nice easy breezy read. PUSHING THE LIMITS, like all good contemporaries, did just that. It featured all the nitty gritty bits of teenagedom (drugs, sex, foul language, none of which I have actually ever encounted. Well, the language yes but not others) while simultaneously having lovely romance and ripping your heart to shreds.

The characters are easily the reason behind this books greatness. They seem so round, so real. Real issues lead to real emotional and social problems which need to be resolved in realistic ways. Often this was painful and heat wrenching and hard, but you really connected to Noah and Echo as they persevered through it. Watching them grow and deal with their own horrible situations, with the help of the hilarious Mrs Collins, was fantastic. I think I might have liked their development better than the romance. And if it hadn’t been physically impossible, I honestly would have pulled them from the pages and into my much better (and luckier) life.

Romance and a relationship was one of the may things that helped them through the rough patches. It was a nice, slow building relationship with tension. Lots of tension. It’s magnificient. They’re one of those couples you just know are going to get together but you can’t tell when it will happen or how and you just have to know. And you struggle not to flail/squeal when it does.

This romance, along with the characters and beautifully flowing writing (which had two very distinct voices for Echo and Noah, by the way) is what lead to me reading 130 pages of this in a single night before I forced myself to go to sleep. I can’t wait to start the sequel, DARE YOU TO, and I hope I get the same greatness in Beth’s story. If you love contemporary and romance, or even great character development, you definitely need to invest in PUSHING THE LIMITS.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.4

18 Responses to “Review: Pushing the Limits”

  1. rivie bleu

    Is that Emma? lol Contemporary romance, though I like other genres more, are kind of more realistic and sometimes it makes me wonder what is really happening around us. Even more than with other books that focus on magical, impossible worlds. Sometimes they make me sad and need something to cheer me up. This sounds like it could be a bit depressing, hopefully the ending is bright.

    • Bec

      I have no idea…

      Contemporaries are really good for that type of things. Fantasies, etc can do it as well, but there’s just something so relatable about contemporaries. And the ending was happy!

    • Bec

      Excellently written, real characters are the best. Faults are something you’re going to find in any novel, and different people will view them differently and it’s 6am I should stop rambling…

  2. anothernovelread

    I won this book in a giveaway months ago and still haven’t gotten a chance to read it yet. Thanks for the reminder that this book needs reading! :D

    • Bec

      Yeah, we tend to get the short straw when it comes to covers. Occassionally we’ll get the US one or a decent one, but most of the time it’s the UK one or something… not fantastically attractive to they eye.

  3. @HarleyBearBooks

    These characters did feel so real. I love when an author is able to do that. I can’t wait for Beth’s story! I think I like the US cover of PTL better though.

    • Bec

      I’ve got an arc of DARE YOU TO!! I can’t wait to get to it.

      I like the US cover better too. You guys do tend to get the better cover.

  4. Lauren Elizabeth

    I adored this book! I think you’re right, the characters and their individual growth almost trumped the romance for me. But oh, it was such an amazing romance. “They’re one of those couples you just know are going to get together but you can’t tell when it will happen or how and you just have to know.” <--this is SO true. I was addicted to reading and finding out more, just seeing them finally get together. Such an amazing story!

    • Bec

      I’m glad you agree with me! I couldn’t put it down. I’ll let you know that Dare You To is just as good, if not better ;)

  5. Sapir V

    I love contemporaries and I can always count on them to cheer me up with a beautiful love story. This book was not a typical contemporary. It was actually much more. It broke my heart into tiny piece. It was THAT good. I’ve read it like a year ago and I can’t forget it.
    Great review!! I love your blog. So glad I’ve found it ^^
    New follower!!

    Sapir @ Diary of a Wimpy Teen Girl

    • Bec

      haha, I always love the books that break you heart into little pieces. Not many books can do that, it takes a great attachment to the characters.

      Oh, yay. Thanks! I hope you continue to enjoy our awesomeness :D

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