Pushing the Limits
by Katie McGarry
Published: 7/31/2012 by by Harlequin Teen
“I won’t tell anyone, Echo. I promise.” Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. “You didn’t do that-did you? It was done to you?” No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.
So wrong for each other…and yet so right.
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.
“An edgy romance that pulls you in and never lets go. I was hooked!”-Gena Showalter, New York Times bestselling author of the Intertwined series.
The Bookish Brunette thought:
While I must maintain some sense of morose calm as Pushing the Limits is a very emotional (and still rather witty) read, I feel I must mention [the author]‘s almost immediate and continued references to the Wicked Witch and general Wizard of Oz awesome.
“on my left, the Wicked Witch of the West shifted impatiently. I was missing first period calculus, my father was missing some very important meeting, and my stepmother from Oz? I’m sure she was missing her brain.”
And the “Wicked Witch” step-mother is named Ashley… Just sayin. Coincidence? I think not.
Okay, now when I say emotional… I mean EMOTIONAL- like do not bother with trivial things such as mascara and mineral powder foundation. You’ll be fighting back the tears before the end of the first chapter. At least I was anyway… But I’ve been known to burst into irrational hysterics before, so…
Something horrific happened to Echo, something that left her arms severly scarred and something that she unfortunately has no recollection of at all. Mrs. Collins (oooooh how I LOVED her) is the state and school’s new “project” for kids who need more than just regulation school counceling. She askes Echo to trust her, and she can help her remember what happened… Possibly even help her through grieving the loss of her brother while he was in Afghanistan.
“Trust. Why not ask me to do something easier, like prove the existence of God?” -Echo
Noah… *sigh* and… *dies* he is sooo super hot, totally dangerous but wicked sweet and melt like butter in your mouth yummy. Shhhhyea he is. He was dealt a bad hand, but he’s definitely a hero in wolf’s clothing and now him and his brothers are in the system with no easy way out.
“I stalked over to Echo, feeling like a tiger after its prey. She backed up against the wall, but I kept my approach. I pressed against her, feeling each sensual curve. I wanted to touch every inch of her body. Her sweet smell intoxicated me.”
The whole “feel” of Pushing the Limits reminded me of Simone Elkeles Perfect Chemistry, but only in how much I LOVED every SECOND of this book, and how my heart literally broke for the characters.
“kissing her became my single reason for breathing.”
Echo casts people in her life as a characters from the Wizard of Oz and I LOVE it. This isn’t a HUGE part of the book, not even something anyone else might notice or make mention of- but to ME… It gives it that little extra bit of SUPER freaking awesome to push it over the edge. I’m not kidding. Mock me if you will.
“Lila is Eastwick High’s own version of of Glinda the Good Witch. She floated in her own beautiful bubble spreading happiness and cheer.”
(Wicked Witch step mother… see above!)
Pushing the Limits is heartbreaking… and sad, gorgeously written, wickedly sexy, achingly sweet and funny too! You MUST read this book! Katie McGarry is definitely a keeper!!!
To say I’m looking forward to Dare You To, Beth’s story… is an understatement! I AM DESPERATE for more by Katie McGarry!!