Genre: Young Adult -Contemporary
Publishing Date: July 31st, 2012
Page Count: 392
Source: BEA 2012
Description from Goodreads.com:
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.
You know I have not read a single bad review on this novel. Everyone I know has loved it and I knew I was going to too. I am so glad the hype did not disappoint. I think I may have even loved it more, because I read it for a read-a-long where you only have a certain number of pages that you can read each week. I think it made me love the story more, because they say distance makes the heart grow fonder and that is what happened to me and this book. It always seemed I had to stop reading right at the good parts and had to wait a whole week to find out what happened. I mean if you can force yourself to only read 50 pages a week then go for it, but it is such a good story that I don't think you will want to.
I love, love, LOVED Noah and Echo's characters. They were very well developed and I think they stayed true to themselves the whole time. There wasn't like an instant revelation or an instant change in their behavior. They grew with time and with each situation. I think Katie was really on the money with this story when she decided to have it told from both points of view. I LOVE when authors do two POV's, because it really makes the story genuine. I couldn't get enough of either one of the characters story and I think if you would have only told one side of it the reader would have really missed out. Pushing The Limits is a story about two teens with dark pasts and trying to overcome those paths. It is a beautiful coming of age story and love story. I really hope that Katie continues to write young adult novels and I hope they continue to be kind of like Pushing The Limits and done in two POV's. I know she is writing another book from Beth's point of view and I am ecstatic to read it when it comes out!
I really loved this story!! It is such a beautiful coming of age/teen romance story. I think both characters (Echo and Noah) were very, very well done and I think they definitely grew up a lot in the space of the book. I think they both acted accordingly in each scene and I wouldn't have changed anything. I absolutely love that it was told in both characters points of view and I think if it wasn't that the story would have lost a lot because of it. Overall really amazingly done and I am a new HUGE fan of Katie McGarry's. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves YA whether you are usually into contemporary or not, because you will fall in love with it. Believe the hype!
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5
*Cover photo, description, and book information was found on Goodreads and has been linked to its page. I received this book while at BEA 2012. Everything else is my own honest opinions and my own creation.*