Monday, August 27, 2012

SUSAN: BOOK REVIEW "Pushing the Limits" by Katie McGarry

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.

Pushing the Limits has all the makings of the perfect YA novel.
  • Teens overcoming tragedy.
  • Opposites attract.
  • Trauma of the High School social ecosystem.
  • Parents who don't understand.
  • Equal parts angst and love.
  • Self-discovery.
  • And 2 lead characters, who despite their difficulties, are genuinely good people and you find yourself rooting for them and so satisfied with their HEA!
For avid YA readers, this book is a treat. You'll be reminded of great YA books like "Easy" and "Slammed"/"Point of Retreat" when reading this. And Noah lands right up there with Lucas/Landon and Will Cooper as one of the best YA males you'll come to love.

Pushing the Limits had me smiling at the "smart" dialogue between Noah & Echo; had me crying at the tragedies that both of them had to survive; had me beaming w/ pride at how they fought and DID survive; had me sighing at the love that ultimately blossomed between the 2 of them...

Loved it. Just enough angst and young love but not too much to be annoying. Good for teens 15+ and adults as well.

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