Sunday, June 24, 2012

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

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.  - Goodreads.com

Wow.  This was such a compelling read for me that it was hard to concentrate on dissecting anything for potential review... I was too sucked into this world.  The story, the characters, the emotion, the writing... everything just worked.  This is one of the best books I've read in a while.

I fell in love with Echo Emerson as a character immediately.  Her past, what she had been through, and her memory loss was so sad to watch.  This is a girl who has been through so much, has no memory of it but is left with impressions that she's suffered something traumatic.  What must it be like to know that something this bad had happened to you and that someone you thought you could trust was involved?  And was I the only one who wanted to just kick her dad in the butt through most of the book?  He pissed me off so badly that I just wanted to dropkick him!

Then let's talk about Noah.  Oh, Noah.  I can't tell you how much I loved this character.  So much of the time you read stories where the author was trying to create a "redeemable" bad boy, but he just comes off cocky and mean.  Noah was a great bad boy because not only is he the kind of guy your mama wouldn't want you to hang with, but he's got a heart and is so protective of the people he cares about.  And he has his own story.  He wasn't just the obligatory romantic male lead to Echo's story.  The dual story here was fascinating, and it caused this book to be an utter page-turner, where every single page reveals something new and has you on the edge of your seat.  These two together, to me, was pure magic.  How Noah is able to bring Echo out of herself was so poignant and amazing.

Katie McGarry has done an absolutely amazing job with this story.  This is, without a doubt, one of my favorite books of 2012 so far.  Extraordinary debut, and I am an instant fan of Katie Mcgarry.


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