Book Review

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Publication Date: May 1st, 2013

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Series: The Pushing the Limits Series, Book One

Format: Kindle eBook

Pages: 397 pages

Source: Purchased

Buy It: Amazon | Book Depository

Rating: 5 sm

“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.


This was such a great contemporary read, and definitely one of my new favorites. I loved both Echo and Noah so much, they were full of depth and I didn’t find myself getting bored or annoyed with their stories at all. This was my second Katie McGarry read, and I definitely was not disappointed. This is anything from your normal high school romance. They’re both dealing with very heartbreaking situations, and they’re kind of thrown together. This book had me in tears more often than I would like to admit.

Echo is dealing with the loss of her big brother, her memory loss of the night she got her scars, her father remarrying, and her stepmother’s pregnancy. While Noah is dealing with the loss of both of his parents, and trying to decide what is best for his two younger brothers. They’re both thrown into counseling at school, and it is there that they are paired for Echo to tutor Noah.

They slowly fell into this mixed up and messy kind of love. Each trying to help the other to find more information on their current situations. They’re both extremely strong characters emotionally. As someone who lost a parent in high school, I think Katie McGarry did a beautiful job of portraying the crazy emotions you feel during that time. I think she portrayed the loss well, and the characters reactions both seemed very real to me.

Overall, I really loved this book and would recommend you pick it up if you haven’t already. This is the first book in a series of companion novels, the next follows side characters from this book and I can’t wait to pick it up.

Happy reading!

*The image and synopsis were both taken from Goodreads. Clicking on the “add to Goodreads” image above will take you to the Goodreads page for this book.*
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