Author: Katie McGarry
Pages: 392 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: July 31st, 2012
Status: Pushing the Limits #1
Received From: author
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.
This story really was all about pushing the limits on your friendships, family relations and yourself. It was a beautiful love story about two outcasts that learned to overcome their own demons to become the people they once were and so much more.
This novel was very emotional, very intense and did not sugar coat anything! I rarely read YA Contemporaries because 99% of the time, I can't deal with the teenage angst going on. But what I loved about this book was that it started off strong and end off so powerful and complete.
Echo was once popular but didn't always have an easy life: her father married her former teenage babysitter, her brother died and her mother is crazy. She lives the shadow of her former self. Noah was once the all-star basketball player whom had two loving parents and two adorable younger brothers. After their parents death in a house fire, Noah is separated from his siblings and is sent to live in a miserable foster home.
Pushing the Limits made you feel the struggle, the pain and the hardships that both Echo and Noah both endured by themselves and together as a couple. What I loved about them the most is their relationship: it started off as an infatuation that grew into a crush, that grew into a high school relationship, that developed into a beautiful love story about two people in love. They literally made life hard for each other while at the same time making it wonderful and beautiful, and helped each other grow.
I loved this book so much! It was so passionate and intense! One of my favourite YA contemporaries :)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars