Title: Pushing the Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Genre: Young Adult
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.
Echo has an unstable mother with a restraining order, controlling father married to her babysitter, dead brother, and that one day she can’t remember.
Noah has dead parents, lives with foster parents, has two little brothers in a different foster home and a really bad reputation.
The two main characters have fucked up lives and that’s not very easy to write. But Katie McGarry does a great job. This book reminded me of Perfect Chemistry, but it turned out to be a lot better. There are some lines I really don’t like, sometimes Noah and Echo get really cheesy, but other than that – it’s very good.
Their relationship isn’t perfect at all: Noah gets jealous too much for my taste and I hated it when Echo called Noah’s exes “whores in the backseat of your car” – being a virgin doesn’t make you better than other girls. That whole “Luke and Echo are getting back together” thing got old really quick because he’s such an asshole and why the hell does she even want him back?
Grace was a bitch too, but Lila was amazing. Such a great friend to Echo. For some reason, that scene with Lila and Rico made me think the second book will be about them. I was also rooting for Isaiah and Beth to get together, but after reading the blurb for the next book it’s obvious that that’s not gonna happen.
And guess what this book contains? CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. Echo and Noah at the beginning of the book are really convinced that they know exactly who’s good and who’s bad, but they figure out that not everything’s so simple. They learn and they stop treating others so unfairly. Most importantly, they stop thinking that everything is about them.
I’m gonna keep reading the series, but I’m afraid other books won’t be as good as this one.