Jan 3, 2013

Book Review: Pushing the Limits

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.

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I picked up PUSHING THE LIMITS because it sounded like an interesting young adult novel.  Little did I expect to fall absolutely in love.  This book takes a gritty no-holds-barred look at what happened when two damaged teenagers come together and help each other heal.

Ms. McGarry does an incredible job of portraying Echo and Noah.  They both have issues... a lot of issues...to deal with from their pasts.  And neither of them were doing a very good job of facing them until their new counselor sets Echo up to tutor Noah.  And then the sparks begin to fly...

Echo went from being the popular girl to one that is unsure of whether anyone would accept her as she is now.  She just wants life to go back to being 'normal'.  Oh and to regain her memory of the night that she got her scars.

Noah lost his parents in an accident and he as well as this two younger brothers ended up in the foster care system.  His time in the system has been a nightmare he doesn't trust adults and have issues with getting close to anyone.  He just wants to finish school and get out of the system.

The book covers mental breakdowns, drug use, peer pressure and various illegal acts so not exactly a book for younger teens or even older ones that look at the world through rosy colored glasses.  It takes a stark look at what can really happen in the lives of troubled teens.  It will raise questions and shine the light on real issues.

I do recommend PUSHING THE LIMITS to older teens and adults of all ages.  One of my requirements for a book to get a five is that I will be rereading it in the future.  And this is definitely a book that I will read more then once.  This book gets a 5.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


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