July 14, 2012
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Review Source: Netgalley
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
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.
I think I can almost say for a fact that if you liked ‘Perfect Chemistry’ you will like this book. It definitely had a lot of elements that reminded me of that book and that series. I enjoyed reading this book, particularly because the relationship between Echo and Noah felt real to me. I loved how even though there was some instant attraction, once they were pushed together their relationship took time to develop. Sure, some aspects were quick, but I liked that there was some back and forth and not just an instant relationship.
I also really enjoyed the dual POV. Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish between narrators, but I always felt like Noah and Echo were complete individuals, and I never had to try and remember who was narrating. I also appreciated how even though these characters were living through some terrible situations, the book was never purposefully dark. There’s drama (bordering on too much drama, actually), but there are still some lighter moments, and it always felt like the characters wanted to move forward and get better.
Overall I enjoyed this one and would recommend it. By reading other people’s reviews I can see that ratings are all over the place, and I can understand some of the issues people have had with it (namely too much drama, and too little trying to work things out reasonably), but I can honestly say I wasn’t bothered by these things when reading it.
Not the hugest fan, but I suppose it fits.
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