Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Title: Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1)
Pages: 392
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Review Copy: Own. Won in giveaway.

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.
(From Goodreads)

First off, I'd like to thank Justin's Book Blog for hosting the giveaway that I won this book from last year.

Let me start off by saying that this book made me cry more than any other contemporary book I've read. Ok, so maybe it was partly due to my hormones acting all crazy. But let's just say it wasn't. 

Echo and Noah are two teens that are on their search for normal. Echo just want to understand what happened to that night that caused her to have the scars on her arm. All Noah wants is his family back. I think that everyone is trying to find what is "normal" nowadays, especially teens.  I just wanted to reach in and hug them or help guide them in the right direction.

Echo wants to bring memories to the surface to help her piece together the night of the accident. On top of it she has all these other factors in her life that makes "normal" seem far away. 

Her "friends" (which I like to use loosely) want to her to be back with her ex, so they can be the power couple of the school. It isn't until they see Noah for he truly is do they back off. She never sees her mother because of the restraining order against her. Imagine not being able to talk to someone for answers, and not because they're dead, but you legally aren't allowed to. Adding to it, her brother was killed overseas while serving in Afghanistan. Something that Echo can't find peace over. It isn't until she starts a project that her brother started that she can finally have her peace. I know what it's like to not being able to say good-bye to someone. But that story is for another time. Then finally, to top it off, her father and stepmom are having a baby!

I give Echo major kudos for being able to just handle all this sh*t. I think if I had any of this stress, I would just throw my hands up in the air and give up.

Then there is Noah who lost his parents due to a fire. He also has 2 little, smart (Batman is where its at little man) and very adorable little brothers. All Noah wants is to have his brothers live with him. Not thinking about what it would do to his life or theirs. He just wants to be a family again, at all costs.

Katie did a bloody amazing job of the dual point of view, and I definately took some notes from it. Also, her ability to get into a guys head was perfect, she made Noah's thoughts sound natural but not cliched.

In the end, they both realize what they need and what is best for themselves and the ones around them. And they discover that in order to have "normal", all they need is each other.

"It's like I have this large black hole in my brain and it's sucking the life out of me. The answers are in there so I sit for hours and stare. No matter how hard and long I look, I only see darkness."

"I wrote about the person I love most, my older brother, Noah. We don't live together so I wrote what I imagine he does when we're not together."
"And what is that?" prodded the stout man.
"He's a superhero who saves people in danger, because he saved me and my brother from dying in a fire a couple of years ago. Noah is better than Batman." The crowd chuckled.
"I love you, too, lil'bro."

"We'd read about sirens in English this fall; Greek mythology bullshit about women so beautiful, their voices so enchanting, that men did anything for them. Turned out that mythology crap was real because every time I saw her, I lost my mind."

"I expect a report on his abs. Real details, not romance novel nonsense."

"Her eyes met mine again. "So what does this mean for us?"
I lowered my forehead to hers. "It means you're mine."

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