Sunday, June 2, 2013

Brad About Books: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Read on April 25, 2013
Published: July 31, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 392 pages
Source: Purchased
Series: Pushing the Limits, #1

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.

Pushing the Limits is a powerful and electric read with love soaring off the pages. Katie McGarry's debut is one not to miss!

Contemporary novels are not my favorite genre (I usually find them very boring), but Pushing the Limits was so not like that! I was emerged into the story so quickly, mainly because I was intrigued by Echo's story. She's lost almost everything, and I really connected to her. And I did Noah as well! He's fighting for his brothers, and I really loved the family element that was thrown into the book. And Echo and Noah's relationship was fantastic! I felt the chemistry between them was authentic and real, and McGarry did a stunning job with their relationship.

My favorite part of Pushing the Limits was Echo, though. I thought that she was just a fantastic protagonist with a broken past and a love that could change it all for her. I always looked forward to her chapters and seeing what she would get herself into next - I know that the rest of the series isn't about Noah and Echo, but I do really hope that they pop up in Dare You To and Crash Into You!

And I adored that ending! I was on the edge of my seat for those last 100 pages, because honestly, I had no idea what would happen. I was so invested into the story; I couldn't put this book down for a single minute. If I wasn't reading it, it was on my mind. Definitely a standout for contemporary reads!

Overall, Pushing the Limits is a radiant and awesome read with an authentic relationship (that's not forced! Hooray!) and a gorgeous writing style. One of the best realistic fiction books I've ever read!

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  1. Great review, Brad :) Pushing the Limits blew me away. Contemporary is also not my favorite genre as well, but this novel did makes me like it again. Glad you enjoyed it!

  2. When I read Pushing the Limits a couple months ago, it was my firs YA Contemporary romance. I mostly read adult genres and stick to PNR and Fantasy in YA. I'm glad that Pushing the Limits was my first because I too was totally blown away with it. Now I won't think twice about picking up another YA contemporary romance.


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