Review: 5 stars to PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry

Published December 2, 2012 by elenafx

pushing the limits

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.


Pushing The Limits is the kind of book that when you finish it, you praise yourself for reading it and then curse yourself because now you hurt too much that it’s over. And then you hug the book, crawl in a corner and cry because it’s too much.

In this order.

I don’t know where to start. I loved everything about this book. Every single thing. The fact that it was so realistic, though, is my favorite. Which may sound absurd but these extreme events in this book actually happen. There are so many lost kids needing help out there that if you really think it you’ll probably get depressed. I love the messages this book gives. Never give up even if your life is like a hellhole with some extra shit. Also starting over and letting yourself trust people. It will get better. Because life might be a bitch but she’s also a good momma who loves her children.

The characters are amazing! Echo is a lost girl with some ugly scars in her hands which she doesn’t remember getting. However, she’s told that her mother tried to killed her. She just doesn’t remember what happened. Plus, her brother died in Afghanistan. Everyone would expect her to break because that’s some pretty nasty stuff. But she is not. She’s pretty close to break, though. And that’s where Noah comes in. Bad boy attitude with problems of his own. His parents died, he had to endure some horrible foster families all the while planning to get custody of his 8 and 4-years-old brothers when he graduates.

The book is fast-paced and it’s described from both Echo and Noah’s POV. We get to see their worlds since the beginning which is good. We understand their situations and the seriousness of the whole story since the very first page. However, I loved that it was also so freaking funny and sexy and sweet. The author balances everything from complete seriousness and shocking reveals to hilariousness and hot romance. So basically Pushing The Limits has everything.

This book is an emotional roller coaster. It made me laugh, cry, smile sweetly, sob and most of all think. Pushing The Limits is one of the best books I’ve read!

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