Monday, June 10, 2013

Review: Pushing the Limits By Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Release date: April 30th, 2013 (first published July 31st, 2012) 
Publisher: Harlequin Teen 
Paperback: 416 pages 
Received: I picked up a copy at the LA Festival of Books 
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

So wrong for each other…and yet so right.

I really love this story! Pushing the Limits is an intense, emotional ride! Who would have thought a popular girl and a stoner would have so much in common? The system and people they loved have disappointed them. Now, the only ones they can trust are each other.

Echo can’t remember what happen the night she received the horrible scars on her arms, in fact, she can’t remember the whole day, and nobody will tell her. Two years ago she was popular, then her world fell apart, now she's considered a freak by everyone at school.

Noah’s been labeled emotionally unstable since he punched his first foster dad. Going from one foster family to another after his parents died, his experiences haven’t been good ones. Now he’s trying to get his act together so he can get custody of his little brothers after he graduates. 

When their clinical social worker asks Echo to tutor Noah, did she know that’s just what they needed - each other? The attraction between the two is intense, but Echo can’t be seen with him, not if she wants to get back to ‘normal’. Her best friends want her to start hanging out with them again, Luke wants to date again, she has a chance to get her life back. But if she’s seen with Noah she can kiss her chance to be popular again goodbye.  At the same time, Noah is the only one that understands her. 

Noah is a hottie, bad boy! He has a reputation as a stoner and only interested in one-night stands. He’s never felt for anyone the way he feels for Echo. He will do anything for her. I love how protective he is of Echo.

This book is written between Echo’s point-of-view and Noah’s.  I loved that each character has his own font, making it easy to tell which POV the story is coming from. Whole chapters are told from one POV with that person's name as the chapter title. I really liked the flow of this story.

I highly recommend Pushing the Limits! It's an edgy, emotional romance! Make sure you have some tissues handy for this one!

**Warning for some strong language.**

5 out of 5 stars!

My personal copy.

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Any thoughts? I'd love to hear from you!


  1. You have inspired me to unearth the kindle version I have of this so I can give it a go! I also picked up a free novella to Pushing the Limits, which I haven't read, as was wanting to read PtL first. It's called Crossing the Line

    1. Hi Ceri! I definitely think you should read this. I picked up 'Crossing the Line' too. I'm also planning on reading Katie's new book 'Dare You To' which tells Beth's (from PtL) story. I'm looking forward to that one!

  2. This sounds pretty good! I was hoping I had it on my kindle somewhere but nope, I don't. I'm hoping they have it at my library so I can give it a go. I love when a girl brings out the hidden sweetie in the bad boy ;)

  3. My library does have it - and Dare You To, as well. Yipee! :)

    1. Awesome! I need to go to the library and see if they have 'Dare You To' here. I haven't been to the library here to get a card yet. Now, I'll get over there right away! My old library never had the books I wanted, but I have a feeling I'll have more options here. Woohoo!

    2. Nope, they don't have 'Dare You To' here. They do have 'Pushing the Limits" though.

    3. I am so impressed with your library service, new books seem to take months to get into our service, by which time I've forgotten about them and they are languishing on my wishlist.

  4. I love my library, without it I wouldn't be able to read nearly as much as I do. Sometimes things come in quickly, sometimes it takes months. Not sure why that is.


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