Tuesday 21 August 2012

My review of Pushing the Limits

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry 
Release Date: August 3rd, 2012
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Pushing the Limits"I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise." Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

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 is an intriguing and addictive YA contemporary that will make your heart melt. Katie McGarry delivers a unique and unforgettable love story.

Echo and Noah are two troubled teens with unthinkable pasts. They are thrown together at the lowest point of their lives; Echo is battling with the memories of the most horrific night of her life and  Noah is losing his visiting rights to see his younger brothers, the only family he has left. When Echo and Noah meet, they don't immediately get along. Echo believes that Noah is a girl-using boy in a black jacket with nothing else to do but get high. Noah thinks Echo is a strange, hot girl who doesn't seem to have a social life. But as time goes buy they realise they have more in common than either them could have guessed.

Wow. Just wow. I knew I was going to like this book from reading many gushing and hyped-up fan girling reviews, I just didn't expect to love this much! The plot, the characters, the writing style, the description, the dialogue, damn, I couldn't bare to put it down to go to the toilet. McGarry had me from chapter 1.

I adore the characters. They all have different, yet entertaining, personalities and interesting backgrounds. My favourite character would definitely be Noah. Sorry! I can't help it. He's strong and tough, but under that there lies something vulnerable, the caring side to him. I loved  the flirting between Noah and Echo, many scenes made me laugh out loud and look like a crazy hyena. But, there were also plenty of emotional scenes to get your tears flowing.

Pushing the Limits is simply one of those books that you must read before you die. I promise this book does not disappoint YA fans. I can not WAIT to read Dare You To, the companion novel to Pushing the Limits.

- A big thanks to Mira Ink for sending me a review copy!


  1. You know what I lve about this? They're young adults and yet they didn't act like juvenile nincompoops throughout their struggle. They did make some immature choices but it was so organic it was far from annoying. I cn't wait for Beth's book

  2. "McGarry had me from chapter 1." That is so true! Pushing the Limit was one of the best contemporary I read this year. :) Great review, Sam!

  3. I have to read this book! I keep hearing about it and it's already on my tbr pile, but I have yet to pick it up. I'm glag you liked it so much!

  4. I loved this book. :D
    I am so looking forward to the next book.

  5. I've had this one on my wishlist since I read the first early review!

  6. I was lucky (LUCKY, lucky) enough to win Pushing the Limits, and since it got here last week I have pulled it off the shelf, looked at it, and sighed because of the wait before I can get to it. It literally hurts a little. BUT, at least it is here, on my shelf, and soon I will be able to read it. And read it again, if I love it as much as I think I will. As much as you, and everyone else (for the most part) has. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  7. This book sounds amazing, I've heard so many good things about it. I was wondering, is it a standalone or part of a series? :)

  8. Pushing The Limits my Favorite YA,,, best YA ever after Perfect Chemistry

  9. I don't usually like YA contemporary, but after I read your review I think I will consider it and put it on my TBR ^^

  10. Thank you for an insightful and interesting review, on a book that sounds really good. I loved the unique and interesting storyline, and would hence like to now read more. It is definately going on my to-read list.