Title: Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1)
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Mira Ink
Release Date: August 3rd 2012
Read it in: 2 days
Source: Keren, birthday gift!
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“I won’t tell anyone, Echo. I promise.” Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. “You didn’t do that-did you? It was done to you?” No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.
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.
Honestly, how do I begin this review? Echo and Noah each had messed up childhoods, each got screwed over by someone… but they both seemed to come out on top. Though this book was actually a birthday present off Keren, I’d heard a lot about Pushing the Limits and I was super excited to read it. Unfortunately, when I decided I was going to read it, I was going to university the following day so I never got to finish it. So I picked it up and continued reading it today and I couldn’t put it down!
So, Echo. What an unusual name? Although despite this, I love the meaning behind it. Echo’s story is one that I couldn’t relate too, because I’ve never had any issues with my mum… But I was still able to empathize with Echo because of what she was going through: I couldn’t imagine going through what she did and then going back to school…
When she meets Noah (she’s his tutor) things start to change for her, because Noah is the bad boy… Yet she still falls for him… Despite her trust issues, she and Noah are (in my opinion) very cute together! Noah is receiving help in getting his life straight. He lost his parents due to a fire and then he lost visitation rights over his brothers when he punched his foster father (although, he was doing it for a good reason!)… I couldn’t imagine having my family taken away from me the way he did, but when I thought about it I realised that although I may dislike them sometimes, I would have been as angry as he was if my family was taken from me…
I loved this story, both the romance side of it and the coping side of it. It was sweet, never boring, there was always something happening… I really enjoyed it and I’m glad this book had a lot of hype surrounding it – it deserved it!