Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
- ISBN-13: 9780373210497
- Publisher: Harlequin
- Publication date: 7/31/2012
- Pages: 416
- Source: Netgalley
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 a book that I won’t soon forget. It is filled with dark memories, many secrets and new relationships. Echo Emerson’s whole life has changed in a short amount of time leaving her alone. She is hiding who she is after her mother attacked and almost killer her, her brother died in the military and her father married the girl who used to be her babysitter and they are expecting a new baby. Echo is just lost in the world. Noah Hutchins is all alone as well. He was one the good kid, but after a fire left him and his younger brothers parentless, and he was labeled as trouble after hitting a foster parent standing up for the man’s biological son, he has no hope of gaining custody of his brothers but wants nothing less. It would have been unlikely for these two ever cross paths until Ms. Collins, the new social worker, pairs them together so that Echo can earn money to repair her brother’s car and Noah can catch up to take the ACTs and apply for late admission to college.
What made this book so great for me was first and foremost the characters. They are just so real. The pain and loss. The love and numbness. The struggle and development. It was all so well done. The characters were full developed and not just the surface characters but how they interacted and what drove them deep down. For me it was also that there were up and downs just like in real life. So many stories out there only show one side of a character usually what is most crucial to story development but leave them feeling flat and one sided. Not so with the characters of Pushing the Limits. Pretty even to this is the mystery that surrounds what happened to Echo. It is what she is fighting to remember in order to put herself back together but wow as the little bits get exposed, I thought I would figure something out but I was always wrong. I love an author that can keep me on my toes.
The romance, okay I will be honest, the sexual relations, in this book as well done and much closer to adult romance books. There is talk of the black lace that Echo owns and honest adjustments that Noah needs to make as his jean get a bit too tight. I think that this was a very gutsy take in a YA book but for this particular story I think that it was a good choice. Anything less would not have matched the characters and the world that had been built.
Taking on the topic of a teen dealing with a bi-polar parent was not an easy one but Katie McGarry made it look easy. This is going to be one story that will help a lot of teen who do not know how to deal with their own situations. While Echo felt that she was alone, there were friends and people, like Ms. Collins who were there for her even if she didn’t realize it. I am looking forward to more from this author and I hope for more about some of the other troubled teens from Pushing the Limits.
A big 5 penguins – I picked this up and could not put it down!