Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the LimitsRelease Date: July 31, 2012
Author Info: Website | Twitter | Facebook
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Acquire
Pages: 384 pages
Format: Advance Reader Copy
Source: RT Convention
Interest: Debut
Challenge: Debut Author Challenge and The Completely Contemp Challenge
Buy the Book: Amazon

I was in a bit of a reading slump and went on twitter to ask my followers what I should read next. I said I wanted something with kissing. Pushing The Limits had kissing! And it was just what I needed to get out of my slump!

We first meet Echo. She’s in a counseling session with her step-mom and her father. First impressions, Echo’s dad is a jerk and her step-mom is a witch. But there is a lot more to the story than what first meets the eye.

Echo has been through something traumatic. So, traumatic that she had blocked out the entire experience, but she has the scars. She just isn’t exactly sure how they got there.

Then we meet Noah. The resident bad boy. Just like with Echo there is a lot more going on under Noah’s bad boy persona. He’s been in foster care since his parents recent death in a fire and the only thing he wants is to make sure that his two little brothers are okay.

Noah and Echo are both damaged by very different images, yet somehow they end up healing each other.

It was heart-wrenching and painful. It was beautiful and hopeful.

Told through alternating perspectives we get to know Noah and Echo intimately and at the same time see them through each others eyes. It was incredibly satisfying! It just worked out so well! I’m usually a fan of alternating perspectives but this one was exceedingly well done!

I loved these two characters. I loved their chemistry, I loved watching their relationship grow and I loved watching how they complimented each other. I also really enjoyed the supporting characters, Isaiah and Beth. I’m really hoping that we get to see more of these characters. I was really intrigued by Beth in just the small snippets that we did receive. (!!! Just learned we do get Beth’s story!! Dare You To in 2013!)

For me, Pushing The Limits has everything I like in a book. A cute boy and kissing. :)

But really, it has everything. A great story, awesome characters and it was well written. Add this one to your reading piles!