Tuesday, July 24, 2012

REVIEW: Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

Title: Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry
Pages: 384
Publisher: HarlequinTEEN
Publication Date: 24th July, 2012
Format: eGalley
Source: Netgalley (for review, via 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.

 --Goodreads summary

This one keeps appearing in Waiting on Wednesdays and people are RAVING about it, so I had to request on Netgalley. I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did, but I was pleasantly surprised. It had that atmosphere of forbidden love and dark pasts that really appealed to me. 

I think I wanted to read this mostly because (besides the raving reviews), it sounds a lot like Perfect Chemistry (Simone Elkeles) and I loved that book. Since the release of Perfect Chemistry, there hasn't been another book I've found that it like it at all, but Pushing The Limits is. There's something a bit special about it, like with PC. I mean, obviously there's something special about it, judging by everybody's head-over-heels-in-love attitude, but they both share that charm that I think really did it for me.

The plot is sensitive, delicate even, and charged with so many emotions. McGarry's writing style is elxpressive, I thought she displayed the issues in the novel in a very sophisticated, complex manner, giving us the raw details of what was going on whilst keeping the balance of the story. Everything seemed to just fall into place, y'know? The dual narration worked perfectly, the back-stories were realistic and touching, the supporting cast developed with so much substance... 

Both Echo and Noah's voices were inspiring and fascinating. It didn't take much of the story for me to feel like I really knew each of them very well. And Noah's interaction with his brothers? Wow. So, so beautiful. I also loved the relationship between Noah and Beth and Isaiah. There was something really lovely about their connection with each other. They weren't blood-related, but they were family, and I thought that was really great. Echo and Noah were so relatable and their stories were heartbreaking. I just wanted to hug them forever. And I soooo need to know what happens next. They are just so adorable, man. 

Sometimes though, their relationship got a bit *too* cutesy-cutesy for my personal taste and bordered on cringey. I think it was Noah's tendency to call Echo "baby" like, all the time.

The novel had a reasonable impact on me. The author did such a great job at portraying the pain and the hurt and the love that thinking about it makes me smile. It was like, hmm, Perfect Chemistry. With psychological issues. Which is totally a good thing! Intense, compelling and quite swoony, Pushing The Limits is a really great contemporary romance with a lot more to it than just a romance.

“Mom loved days like this: spring warmth with those big, fluffy white clouds against a royal-blue sky.” 



  1. Other than the overuse of "baby" Noah sounds PERFECT! I've heard so many people commenting on how beautiful his relationship is with his brothers, I need to find out what's happening!

    I've just got this to review, and I can't wait to get started on it. Thank you for another amazing review, Iffath!<3

  2. I really, really loved this, though the 'baby' bits did make me cringe a little as well.

  3. I still haven't actually gotten around to finishing reading this book yet... But from what I have read of it, I agree completely. Does he have to call her 'baby' all the time?! So annoying... But apart from that, really great. Awesome review!


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