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Pushing the Limits (edition 2013)

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Title:Pushing the Limits
Authors:Katie McGarry
Info:Harlequin Teen (2013), Edition: Original, Paperback, 304 pages
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Rating:****
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I really liked this. I thought the characters were well developed, there was an interesting (if somewhat drwan out) backstory, and the romance was believable. ( )
  lovelypenny | Feb 4, 2016 |
This is a gritty, romantic story about two troubled teens. Noah and Echo alternate in telling the story from their point of view and they are both extremely likeable characters, despite their flaws and insecurities. Noah, may be a 'bad boy' on the surface, but deep down he is a caring, considerate human-being and I can see teenage girls falling for him in a big way. I enjoyed watching the romance develop between Noah and Echo, they are perfect for each other. Too often in YA books, the characters are madly in love by page 10, but in "Pushing the Limits" love grew gradually making it more realistic. This is an emotional read about growing up and facing reality, and one I would recommend to older teenagers. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 22, 2016 |
This is a gritty, romantic story about two troubled teens. Noah and Echo alternate in telling the story from their point of view and they are both extremely likeable characters, despite their flaws and insecurities. Noah, may be a 'bad boy' on the surface, but deep down he is a caring, considerate human-being and I can see teenage girls falling for him in a big way. I enjoyed watching the romance develop between Noah and Echo, they are perfect for each other. Too often in YA books, the characters are madly in love by page 10, but in "Pushing the Limits" love grew gradually making it more realistic. This is an emotional read about growing up and facing reality, and one I would recommend to older teenagers. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 22, 2016 |
This is a gritty, romantic story about two troubled teens. Noah and Echo alternate in telling the story from their point of view and they are both extremely likeable characters, despite their flaws and insecurities. Noah, may be a 'bad boy' on the surface, but deep down he is a caring, considerate human-being and I can see teenage girls falling for him in a big way. I enjoyed watching the romance develop between Noah and Echo, they are perfect for each other. Too often in YA books, the characters are madly in love by page 10, but in "Pushing the Limits" love grew gradually making it more realistic. This is an emotional read about growing up and facing reality, and one I would recommend to older teenagers. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 22, 2016 |
This book reminded me of a country song, playing on emotions with cliched phrases...but I should have been wary of starting a book published under HarlequinTeen! Sadly, the issues it dealt with had promise had the book not been trying too hard to be hip and sexual. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 22, 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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