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Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

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Beautifully written story. Echo and Noah are dealing with emotional scars from unfortunate life experiences, when you put two wounded souls together like McGarry did in Pushing The Limits you can get a very dependent couple. But with Echo and Noah I didn't get that, they were both so independently strong that they brought out the best in each other, the parts each didn't realize they had. Echo and Noah were very supportive and thoughtful of each other. They both didn't want to be a burden for the other. It was so impactful to the story to see Echo and Noah be the beacon for healing in each others lives.

There are some very self-absorbed people in this story, toxic people no one should have as an influence in their life. I was a little upset with Echo for not getting them out of her's sooner. There were also some positive influences too, like Beth(well, she might be a sort of), Isaiah and Lila, Echo's best friend. It was really nice to see how lost and damaged souls can find each other and be like family when your real family isn't there. Noah, Beth, and Isaiah's relationship added another layer to the story.

Really enjoyed this book, I felt an array of emotions, from sadness, to pride for how Echo and Noah were able to get to a point where they can start trying to heal their wounds.

Not happy with how it just ended, wished it had an epilogue. I wanted to know more, how are things for Echo and Noah, individually and as a couple. Don't need to know what's going on 20 or 30 years into the future, would have been satisfied with a year or even just few months after. ( )
  GigisIrieReads | Oct 22, 2016 |
I have to admit, this one took me by surprise. As a general rule, I don't expect much from new authors - but Pushing the Limits reads like it's the product of a veteran Young Adult author.

Initially, I thought the book was going to be about an ostracized cutter (not that there's anything wrong with that story, but the "teen-self-harmer-changed-thanks-to-a-stranger's-willingness-to-see-the-person-inside" has been done a million times, in about five different ways - which makes those YA stories too bland and predictable). To my great surprise, that was not the plotline at all. There is a lot more to Echo's story than we - and her friends - are first led to believe, which made this for an even better story than I originally anticipated.

It's a good YA book about two teens growing up and learning to accept the way their lives have turned out - as vastly different than they could ever have imagined. McGarry's writing style is phenomenal - managing to keep the reader highly engaged throughout the 400 page book. Like any good book, I was unable to put it down - and found myself lost in their stories, hurting for Noah's family and just as desperate for answers as Echo.

Granted, the story is a bit heavy - following two teens as they navigate their teen years while struggling to come to terms with their horrendous pasts doesn't exactly paint a pretty, sunshine-filled picture. However, there are moments of levity.

The only "negative" thing I have to say about this book is that it has the cliché Young Adult ending. However, we all know the real story in these types of books is the process the characters go through to get to that ending. With that, McGarry is successful; you fall in love with Echo Emerson and Noah Hutchins - ending up wanting nothing but everything for them.

Ultimately, McGarry's book passed the "Forever Shelf" test. Without a doubt, Pushing the Limits is one book I'll want to read again... and again.

**Full review posted on Honest Reviews Corner** ( )
  ItEntertainsMe | Oct 4, 2016 |
A really lovely story about love and loss. I didn't agree with Echo's choices on how to deal with her family in the end though, which decreased how much I liked the story til then. When people act as if you mean nothing to them then try to explain it with "I didn't know how to act around you", I know exactly how I would act, and it wasn't with forgiveness. But then, I related to Echo's issues with her father, and I've dealt with them in a very different way that I have no regrets about. Repeated betrayal isn't something that should be shrugged aside. Besides that, Noah's story was heart wrenching. I agreed with his handling of his family situation even though it was such a painful step to take. Guh, so sad... ( )
  GoldenDarter | Sep 15, 2016 |
uh.....WOW! I couldn't put this down, I cried, I hoped, I loved. ( )
  TerriBowles | Jun 26, 2016 |
Wow loved it! ( )
  crisana | Jun 2, 2016 |
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I never went to bed last night and I just slept for an hour or two this morning but ever since I woke up I was avoiding this moment.
I simply can't do that any longer but I have no idea how to start describing the raw emotions that racked my heart and soul while I was reading the book. I know that these are strong words but if you don't get it then you haven't read the book. This morning after my tears dried up I was trying to sum up something that will make you guys understand how much I loved this book but I'll just improvise now...
If I had to describe the book in a few words they would probably be real, believable, easy to relate to, emotional, heartbreaking! It made me smile, it made me cry and it settled in my heart as my favorite book so far. Definitely the most meaningful book I've read in a while!
It's really and unbelievable read. The way Ketie McGarry has described her characters, the world she's build around Echo Emerson and Noah Hutchins, that it was so easy to slip into their lives and experience everything right along with them (and when I say everything I mean it, the love, the heart-wrecking pain, the anger...).
The two main characters, were so different from each other at the time they met. Before their lives fell apart they were pretty similar but right now they are both living and their own personal hell, going trough it day by day. They were wrong for each other but the connection between them was so strong, due to the fact that they felt that pain I mentioned earlier. The both new loss and the were there for each other liken no one else could be for them.
Echo was the girl everyone new about, everyone talked about, everyone wanted her life and then she lost everything she cared about in just a few months. Her life changed inevitably after her brother's death and the horrible accident she can't remember.
Now her life consists of having very little sleep, doing what her father wants her to do, pretend she's normal at school and hiding her scars from the rest of the world. Simple, but that routine changed very quickly when the gorgeous, incredibly sexy and completely off limits, Noah Hutchins walked into her life teasing and trying to rattle her cage. That's when everything changed again for her, maybe this time for the better...
When you look at Noah, you see the sexy body, you see him as a stunner, a guy who uses girls for sex and that's all. But deep inside he is scarred just as Echo is on the outside. His fate was to lose his parents in a fire and his brothers to the foster system. A system he hated and fight with everyday. His one goal in life is to save money, find a semi-good job and take custody of his brothers. He can't stand the fact that he can't see them and he is hurting but by the way he acted with everyone you wouldn't be able to understand his pain. Only Echo did, she was the only one besides his friends that managed to break through the wall around his heart and she stole it away with her siren smile and guarded actions.

What I loved most about the book was the sincerity of the characters. Noah had a f****d up life and swearing was his a constant part of him. He rebelled and he messed up and he was far from perfect but he was real.
I particularly love one of his lines and here it is:
"It had been so long since I'd let myself fall for someone. I gazed into her beautiful green eyes and her fear melted. A shy smile tugged at her lips and at my heart. Fuck me and the rest of the world. I was in love."

I don't know what is it about bad guys that makes them so appealing. There is something amazing in each of them. In the end they turned out to have the biggest. kindest hearts and maybe that's because they've already been trough hell and the tough demeanor was his way of coping. But they always doubt themselves when it comes to being with the good girls and they always try so hard to prove that they're worthy. That makes them so sweet and gentle and pretty much every girl's dream. They don't even see the goodness inside themselves. Noah was just like that, trying, having doubt, expecting that Echo will snap out of her momentary daze and she'll leave. Little did he know, how much she loved him.
Everything in Noah made me smile from how good he is with Echo, and his brothers, to his love for Beth and Isaiah, to his tattoo as a tribute to his family(oh that tattoo alone made me cry).
And here's the quote that broke my heart:
"I want my mom and dad," I couldn't suck in air. "I just want my family back."

It really is impossible for me to describe just how I feel about this book. It was the best book I've read in a while, so full of love and heart-wrecking pain. It was an emotional roller-coaster and constant struggle but the characters fought their battle and survived! I loved every single second of it! ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!!
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"My father is a control freak, I hate my stepmother, my brother is dead and my mother has... well ... issues. How do you think I'm doing?" That's how I would have loved to respond to Mrs. Collins' question, but my father placed too much importance on appearance for me to answer honestly. Instead, I blinked three times and said, "Fine."
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Rendered a subject of gossip after a traumatic night that left her with terrible scars on her arms, Echo is dumped by her boyfriend and bonds with bad-boy Noah, whose tough attitude hides an understanding nature and difficult secrets.

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