Title: Pushing the Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Source: From Publisher
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 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 each her how to love again.
Ever since I first heard about Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry I knew it was a book I would want to read. Then I heard it was amazing and that only made me want to read it even more. And then it was 4:30 AM and I was still awake and I wasn't able to put Pushing the Limits down. So, yeah, it was absolutely amazing.
Echo Emerson used to have it all, until that one fateful night almost two years ago that changed everything. But despite all her efforts, Echo can't remember what happened and how she got those horrible scars on her arms. All Echo wants is for everything to go back to normal, but that may be easier said than done. At least until Noah Hutchins walks into her life. Echo should hate everything about Noah, but it doesn't take long for her to be attracted to him. Because with Noah, Echo starts to feel safe again and starts to think she could have normal again. But Noah has his own issues to deal with and those may be what stands in their way.
The books that will keep me awake and reading until 4:30 AM are pretty rare, but Katie McGarry's Pushing the Limits was one of those books. It was an absolutely amazing read. Right from the beginning, it didn't take long for me to have trouble putting the book down. It wasn't so much that there was a lot of action taking place, but the story just dragged me in completely. It got to the point where it felt like I was right there with all the characters. But this story was also incredibly well written and majorly heartbreaking on more than one occasion. And that's why I loved Pushing the Limits was much as I did. I love any story that tears at my heartstrings and this definitely happened. There were so many times where I was in tears, because that's what the characters did to me.
The story in Pushing the Limits alternated points of view between Echo and Noah, and I loved that it allowed me to get into both of their heads. There was so much going on with both of them and the fact that they were damaged and trying to fix themselves and each other made me love them that much more. I could understand Echo's desperation when it came to remembering what happened to her that night. And Noah was a good guy dressed up as a bad boy. Every time he was with his little brothers my heart swelled and I inevitably found myself tearing up. And when Noah and Echo were together, I pretty much felt all the emotions. What was so great is that it wasn't a perfect relationship, and that's what made me love it so much more.
Pushing the Limits was an unbelievable read. Through her fantastic writing, Katie McGarry made me feel a whole range of emotions, confirming that damaged characters simply make the best stories.