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CHASING A GOOD READ: PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry September 16, 2013

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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.



In the last month I’ve finished seven books. Each novel was interesting in its own right, but nothing really knocked my socks off until I read Katie McGarry’s PUSHING THE LIMITS.


This book was an emotional journey, taking the reader into the private worlds of Echo Emerson and Noah Hutchins. Both characters tortured in their own way, and each hiding a terrible secret.  Now a lot of time with YA contemporary there is a hurried feel to the romance as if the reader can’t really wait for the build up. In PUSHING THE LIMITS, this is NOT the case. McGarry takes her time in sketching both Echo’s and Noah’s storylines and deftly handles the dual POV.


One of the trickiest things about doing dual POV is making sure each character has their own distinct voice, and McGarry handles this perfectly. We as the reader instantly feel the shift in mood and attitude when we move from Echo to Noah. Yet as their voices change, the story still manages to move forward at a quick clip.


I’m not big on giving story summaries, because I hate spoilers, but I will say McGarry gives us a full arc of emotion from both characters as she takes us into their worlds: one privileged, yet full of secrets. The other sad and almost hopeless in its darkness. But as she weaves Noah’s and Echo’s lives together, and they learn about each other’s scars, both internal and external, she allows the reader to understand what makes each character tick.


What I found refreshing about this book was the end.  While each character’s story had a satisfying resolution – it was not a manufactured happy ending.  The final words on the page fit the tone and mood of the story, and as a reader, I was pleasantly surprised with the realistic conclusion to each storyline.





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