Thursday, January 3, 2013

Pushing the Limits- Katie McGarry

Title: Pushing the Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Source: Borrowed from the library
Series: Yes
Rating: 4/5

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.

My first impression of this book was it is going to have a lot of kissing (always good) but maybe not a lot of story. When Echo is introduced we are seeing her after the traumatic event that has caused her to block the entire day from her mind. Echo father has placed a restraining order against her mother so she cannot be in contact with Echo. The family dynamic is very unique, Echo's brother left for Afghanistan and her relationship with her father and his new wife is pretty rocky. When a new counsellor comes in and pairs her up with Noah the "bad boy" she does not take it well, but she wants everything to go back to normal so she agrees. Noah is not pleased with being paired up with Echo Emerson but in order to get his brothers back he knows he will have to suck it up. Then there was Beth. She was not my most favorite character, but she did bring a lot to the story, I liked that she played the role as strictly friend and there was no love triangle mess. She was pretty snarky throughout the book but I thought that Echo did a good job of standing up for herself against her. 

Both Noah and Echo have there issues. Noah trying to get his brothers back while Echo feels like her father is trying to replace her brother. The plot does take you places that I did not expect. I had a basic understanding and idea of what was going to happen but I did not have it completely figured out.

I am glad the next book in this series will focus on Beth but I still hope that there is some Noah and Echo mixed in.  I want to see where the characters are going in the story. This is a pretty quick read even thought it is a little bigger. I managed to read it in its entirety in an afternoon. It was a really good contemporary, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a contemporary novel that will hook you from the first chapter.

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