Friday, August 24, 2012

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Echo Emerson
Before the incident, Echo had it all. She was part of the "it" crowd at school, ate with the most popular and most beautiful girl in the building, and had things going great for her.

But after the incident, she was regarded as a "freak", and where ever she went there were whispers about her and what she did.

Only 3 people know what really happened to her that last month of sophomore year.

And only 2 people know the details of that horrible night.

Echo is not one of them.

She has this void in her mind where she can't remember what exactly happened to her to give her the hideous scars running up and down her arms.

Echo wants to remember, but no one will tell her what happened. And no one was willing to ask her, what happened, until Noah came into her life.

Noah Hutchins
Noah is known as the "smoking-hot, girl-using loner" who wears the black leather motorcycle jacket. All the girls fantasize about him, but none want to be the next used one-night stand in his book.

But that is not the whole Noah Hutchins. Going from foster home to foster home has made Noah grow deep, tough skin. He doesn't care what others think of him.

Until he meets Echo.

After his new guidance counselor Mrs. Collins gives Noah an ultimatum, Noah and Echo find themselves together a lot.

This doesn't bode well for Noah as he needs to keep his eye on the prize, and Echo should not be his prize.

These two students are about to learn first hand that there is some truth to the phrase, "Don't judge a book by its cover." Because neither Noah nor Echo are who they appear to be to the rest of the student body at Eastwick High. There are terrors so horrible that they may just need each other to lean on one another to survive the horrors that will come in the near future.

My Thoughts/Reflections
Wow. I have been reading great reviews about Pushing the Limits, and I was not disappointed!!

I read this book in one sitting. I didn't want to put it down when it was finished, but it had to happen. I absolutely loved this novel!

Not only does this novel have the typical high school setting where everyone's opinion matters and if you don't like it you're an outcast, but there is so much more to this book that makes the reader need to keep reading to unravel the next clue to both Noah and Echo's lives.

The situation with Echo is heartbreaking. She is so confused and wants answers, but finds road blocks at every turn. Following every rule her father makes, she never stops to think that maybe she can find the answers that she need on her own, until she meets Noah.

And Noah is so much older than his age. He has been through so much and he has grown up too quickly to just be a senior in high school. He's already making plans to take care of a family instead of doing what normal high school seniors are thinking about.

With the two back stories of Noah and Echo, the reader is zipping through this novel at a fast speed to figure out the troubled past that both Noah and Echo lived through.

It is dark and edgy, a roller coaster of emotion and romance that will leave the reader wanting more by the end of this novel.

I would most definitely recommend this novel to anyone! Boys and girls! And, this is through the viewpoint of both Noah and Echo, giving any gender of reader a chance to connect to the characters of the story.

I will now be recommending this to anyone that likes contemporary because I feel that this can open up reader's eyes to events that could happen and how the characters bravely fought their way through these challenges.

And, to make things EVEN BETTER, the author Katie McGarry is going to write an add on novel about a different side character that was introduced in this novel (Beth) called Dare You To, which will come out sometime in 2013.

I cannot wait to read more of McGarry's novels and she will definitely be on my "To Watch and Read" list for future novels from this great author!

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