Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Title: Pushing the Limits
(Pushing the Limits #1)
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: July 31, 2012
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes&Noble
My Rating:  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary:

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 watched you battle against the worst memory of your life and I watched you win. Make no mistake, Echo. I battled right beside you.”

This is one of those books that makes me ask myself, “Why did I wait so long??”  I loved this story, and I was easily smitten with both main characters.  I know it’s clich√©, but I always fall head-over-heels for the broken, bad boys… but Noah is different.  Yeah, he’s broken, and he definitely has that bad boy rep… but he’s soooo good.  Any guy that would sacrifice so much for his two younger brothers and  would put them first and foremost in everything he does cannot be labeled “bad” by any means.  

“I wrote about the person I love the most, my older brother, Noah… 
He’s a superhero who saves people in danger…”

Echo was an easy girl to love.  I connected with her right away; and, though her story was sad, she showed an abundance of strength and courage.  

Noah and Echo’s attraction to each other was so sweet, and they gave me my own pterodactyls as they fell for each other:

“Luke used to give me butterflies.  Noah spawned mutant pterodactyls.”


“She took a deep breath after finishing her explanation of a derivative.  
I’d understood a derivative five minutes ago, 
but I loved the sound of her sweet voice.  
Part angel, part music.”

I am a strong believer that you don’t have to be related biologically to be family.  Ask all of my “sisters” I’ve adopted through the years.  Noah’s love for his foster siblings and their loyalty to him was one of my favorite aspects of this book.  

“Isaiah handed over his phone without another word, giving me a sly smile… I nodded my thanks.  What did I do to deserve a brother like him?”

I have so much compassion for anyone who suffers from bipolar disorder, but I also have tremendous amounts of empathy for their loved ones.  Having seen firsthand what a member of my own family put us through, I know that a person who suffers from that terrible disease and goes off their meds lives life on a hellish rollercoaster but also drags the people that care about them along for the nightmare.  Echo’s story broke my heart, and I appreciate Katie McGarry’s writing it so exquisitely and so realistically.  

Ms. McGarry just became a favorite author of mine, and I look forward to reading more of her work.  

 “I love you enough to never make you choose.”