Pushing the Limits

McGarry, Katie

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Pushing the Limits
Rendered a subject of gossip after a traumatic night that left her with terrible scars on her arms, Echo is dumped by her boyfriend and bonds with bad-boy Noah, whose tough attitude hides an understanding nature and difficult secrets.

Publisher: Toronto ; New York : Harlequin Teen, c2012.
ISBN: 9780373210497
Characteristics: 403 p. ;,22 cm.


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Apr 29, 2014
  • Violet_Cat_646 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I LOVED it <3!!!!!!!!!!

Jun 22, 2013
  • JCLLisaJ rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

If you liked Simone Elkeles series Perfect Chemistry you will enjoy this new series from Katie McGarry. Something bad happened to Echo at the hands of her bi-polar mother which changed her whole world. Now Echo is on the edges of the world she used to inhabit trying to decide whether or not she wants to return to that part of her life or start something new. When she is assigned to tutor the "bad boy" of her class Echo finds someone as lost as she is. Maybe together they can find what they're looking for. Don't miss book two Dare You To.

Jun 22, 2013
  • Yahong_Chi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The concept of bad-boy meets (relatively-)good-girl is developed well in this story; their personal troubles are what bring them closer together as they lean on each other, a tried-and-true romance tactic that is wielded excellently here with the dual POVs. Another aspect of the romance very much appreciated by moi was that once Echo and Noah got serious about each other, they didn't play games. They spoke to each other seriously, they communicated, and that one misunderstanding was resolved very quickly (or else I would've thrown a tantrum, because I detest misunderstandings used as plot devices :P). In essence, there wasn't too much angst related to the relationship, and because the reader sees them confronting their personal problems together, it's easy to grow to cheer for them. Something else--there is a lot of drama. Echo struggles with her new stepmother, her therapy sessions, her sometimes-friends and her idea of normalcy; Noah's dealing with the foster care system, his counseling sessions and his stoner friends. But I do believe it's all dealt with reasonably; realistic solutions are presented (e.g. Echo decides to leave town for a while to give her stepmother some space). Both Noah and Echo exhibit growth, and in this character-driven novel, that's really all we need.

Mar 29, 2013
  • Sherzii rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is the best YA book in the history of the YA books! Seriously! It was so hard to put it down that I pulled an all nighter to finish it. I only found out about this book at the beginning to 2013 (maybe February?) and this is my third time reading it! It hilarious, exciting, swoon-worthy, and just perfect. You HAVE to read it or else you'll miss out on such an amazing book!

Mar 16, 2013

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Mar 13, 2013
  • renheart115 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It was interesting to begin with and at times, I like their relationship, but mostly I found this cliche unoriginal. Which, of course, is weird to expect, but I wanted it to be unique. And I found that Noah and Echo didn't really have anything much to talk about other than their problems.

Feb 18, 2013
  • mellyrose89 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book - so much so that I bought myself a copy! There's never a boring moment.

Nov 16, 2012
  • mulberrystreet rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

There's a reason this book is on the goodreads best YA fiction list for this year! The story is highly compelling and hooks you right away. Yes, it's predictable, but the characters are realistic and likable. As already mentioned below, fans of the Perfect Chemistry series, will definitely enjoy this!

Oct 23, 2012
  • LocketLibrarian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Solid YA romance, good for the Simone Elkeles/Sarah Dessen readers.

Again, my quibble is an issue that I have been having with many books lately--the ending is tied up a little too tidily, a little too easily to feel real-to me. A younger reader may accept character changes of heart more readily.

Sep 10, 2012
  • m2 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Way better than I thought it would be based on the cover text, promotions, and the fact that it is a Harlequin Teen book. It is not a steamy sex novel -- it is the story of 2 teens struggling with tragedy. I really enjoyed the characters and would read more by this new author.

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