Book Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Title: Pushing the Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Pages: 384
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
ISBN: 0373210493
Source: Netgalley

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.


Pushing the Limits has become one of my favorite reads for 2012. The author wrote a heartbreaking love story between troubled teenagers – two broken teens who found love in spite the circumstance against them.

Echo is a troubled girl because of an incident in her life that created a void in her memories. She can’t remember what happened and because of this Echo has a hard time trying to adjust and move on with her life. Noah on the other hand is our resident bad ass in the story. Another troubled teen, Noah got separated with his brother after his parents died and because of this, Noah is having unfocused with his life and priorities. Echo and Noah didn’t know each other but eventually got connected by sharing the same therapist (who I adore btw, such a kiss ass therapist). Eventually the two connected and that’s where the itty gritty part of the story starts. Two unconnected teenagers, different cliques, different personality yet along the way found each other to love.

This is not your typical YA novel and definitely not your typical romantic story either. It is emotionally charged and written with the right mix of pain, love, hope, closure, and more. I definitely felt Echo’s struggle and sympathized with Noah dilemma. Both teens are faced with issues that are very difficult but in spite of what they are facing both Echo and Noah are strong characters who matured and faced their issues and demons bravely. I don’t want to talk more about the whole story since I believe you’ll enjoy the book more if you read it.

I promise you Pushing the Limits won’t disappoint. The flow of the story was perfect, the characters felt genuine and nothing felt unnecessary. In addition to that, the ending answered all my questions and an gave me that sense of relief that I often feel after finishing a satisfying book.

If anyone would ask me about Pushing the Limits, I’d just tell you that you HAVE to read the book. No doubt about that. Pushing the Limits is highly recommended!


2 thoughts on “Book Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

  1. Pingback: Early Review: Pushing The Limits by @KatieMcGarry – Rating 5 of 5 | ReadingDiva's Blog

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