Book Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Rating: StarStar

Genre: Young Adult > Contemporary | Realistic Fiction

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.


Feels like Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire without the codependency issue. Same brand of corniness for the second part of the book. Same bad boy turned mushy scmuck. Ugh.

First half: Swooon. Second half: Never mind. Okay, okay. it was downright corny. Crap, where was the Noah that made me tingle in the first half? Gone, i tell you. Gone.

Halfway through, I am in love, until Noah opened his mouth and said,

I’d fill her up and make her realize she’d always be empty without me.

Say the word, baby, and I’ll rock your world.

Look at me, baby. I know you love me. Three nights ago you were willing to offer everything to me.

Wouldn’t you know, he’s a cocky little sh*t who’s so full of himself! Echo needs this arrogant jerk?!!!

Grrr! *maniacally tears at my hair*

I really liked Ms. Collins. Such devotion and determination to help troubled teens like Echo and Noah is very touching. I also liked how McGarry weaved their drama. But the sleazy lines, yuck. They killed the romance for me. And Echo’s mom? When she recovered and still did nothing to appease Echo’s questions? i hate her.

If you are into sexy contemporary romance, then Pushing the Limits will appeal to you. It might remind you of Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles and Forget You by Jennifer Echols, BUT the reminder is nothing but a hoarse whisper.

Publisher: Harlequin

Imprint: HarlequinTeen

Pub Date: 07/24/2012

Thank you NetGalley and Harlequin for granting my galley request.


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