Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Book Review: PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Hardcover384 pages
Expected publication: July 31st 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Book source: Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin Teen for providing this book for read and review.
"I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise." Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked. 
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. 
"An edgy romance that pulls you in and never lets go. I was hooked!"-Gena Showalter,  New York Times bestselling author of the Intertwined series." (Goodreads Summary)
Throughout my extensive reading of YA books, I have discovered one commonality that I am always drawn towards. And that is the presence of the wounded, tough-ass, yet vulnerable boy. Let me tell you, Pushing the Limits gave me just that and oh so, so, so much more. I had been in the mood for a gritty contemp, and this book was definitely the perfect choice.

On the outside, the only thing Echo and Noah have in common is the same therapist. Echo is sweet, innocent and from a wealthy family. Noah is a bad boy with a list of girls to prove it and an even longer list of foster homes. When their therapist, Mrs. Collins, pairs them together for tutoring sessions, the unlikely pair will discover that they both bear the scars of a wounded past. As they struggle with confronting their own demons, they learn to rely on each other. 

It is an emotional story of learning how to love and trust again. And learning that sometimes hiding our past is a whole lot harder than wearing it for all to see. 

Written in both Noah and Echo’s perspectives, this story keeps a quick pace. I had a difficult time putting it down and simply decided not to; instead, I read it in one sitting. Katie McGarry does an incredible job of creating an emotional attachment for the reader and really ensuring that we are invested. Both voices are unique and each adds to the story in its own way. McGarry has built two incredible character arcs that take us from hopeless to hopeful in the course of the 380+ pages. She does so in a way that is realistic and raw. 

Pushing the Limits is angsty, gritty, emotional and difficult at times. But in the darkness, there is also a sweet love that manages to grow despite the obstacles that get in its way. 

Recommended for fans of: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins, If I Stay by Gayle Foreman and Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley. 

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