(Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Published by Harlequin on May 1st 2013
Genres: Love & Romance, Runaways, Social Issues, Young Adult
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.
This year has been the year of YA contemporary romance for me, including reading my first book by Katie McGarry, Nowhere But Here. I am anxiously waiting for the sequel, but until then I branched out and read the first book in her debut series, Pushing the Limits. Wow—just wow. I wanted more and more of this book after every page, and it barely left my hands once I picked it up and started reading. If you haven’t read one of her books yet, you can do no wrong by starting with this one.
The story began with a bang: a meeting with the school psychiatrist. What better way to start an unyielding story than with dark thoughts about the past? Told through dual perspectives, the past hung over both of the main characters’ heads like a dark fog, influencing what they wore, whom they hung out with, and the road they chose for their futures. The darkness to the novel only increased my inability to put it down, but the almost-kisses and constant flirting didn’t make it any easier, either.
Pushing the Limits was a story about finding oneself, about accepting the hand that life dealt. Echo Emerson lived with blatant scars, a constant reminder of who and what no longer had a place in her life. One aspect of this novel was finding out what happened to Echo. Since she had repressed the memory, not knowing what had happened ended up being as much as a journey for the main character as it was for me. It drove the story, thus driving Echo closer to Noah.
Noah definitely made the top of my list for favorite male leads. He had a unique, identifiable voice, and reading his side of the story proved to be as interesting and stressful as following Echo on her journey. Noah had been through countless foster homes after the death of his parents and starved for affection and true love, that of a family and otherwise. He had an unforgettable tenacity, a desire to beat the system and prove everyone wrong about him. When it came to this bad boy, the tattoos and leather jacket only covered the good-hearted and devoted guy hiding in the shadows.
Love—an equivocal thing, even to those who think they understand what it means. Echo needed Noah, and Noah needed Echo. Now I need more Noah and Echo. I wish upon the brightest star that the sequel to their story had been published as a hard copy; nevertheless, I will be continuing their journey soon in Breaking the Rules.
Full of mystery and betrayal, love and heart mending, I have discovered that anything Katie McGarry writes will have a spot on my bookshelf. Nowhere But Here was only the beginning, and Pushing the Limits another step along the way. It’ll take a large dose of self-control to not get the rest of her books that I do not own and find my way to the register.