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Pushing the Limits

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1) by Katie McGarry
Published by Harlequin TEEN on July 31st 2012
Pages: 392

"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..

I am going to start this by standing up and giving Katie McGarry a round of applause because I am now more opened minded to reading a book with a stronger romance plot then I was before. I will also now read every book Katie puts out because every book I have picked up from her I have devoured and always ended up wanting more.



I loved this book so much, that I went and bought the rest in the series. The fact that I get to learn more about Beth and Isaiah in the following books also makes me cheer. Not only did I really enjoy the main characters in this book, I loved the supporting ones. Everything about them, and their imperfections. Before I get into those two, let’s get to my very favorite person in this book.

I loved Echo. Loved. She was my favorite. She went through so many obstacles and tried so hard to find out who she was. She tried to make sure she was staying true to her, and not becoming the woman who changed her life in such a drastic way. She isn’t always positive, but let’s be honest. sometimes in life, we all have days that aren’t the most positive. She has been to the edge of hell and back and though she may seem to have weak moments, she truly is a warrior.

Noah was all about family. That’s one of the beautiful things. As much as this book was about the love and connection between Noah and Echo, it was also based a lot on family. Whether it be his brothers or Beth and Isaiah who he considers family. He had such a passion and determination to give his brothers everything in the world, but in wanting to do that he wasn’t seeing the entire situation clearly. It took him taking a look at the world and chances they were given, and him being allowed to see that they weren’t in the same situation he had been before in a foster family. He gave up something so important to him to give them everything he couldn’t. That doesn’t make him less of a man or brother, it makes him absolutely wonderful. He is such a strong and caring guy and I can’t wait to read more about both him and Echo.

Echo’s dad was a great guy, who was feeling so much guilt and worry. I loved the ending, and his understanding of what she needed to do for her life to move forward from the past. It’s amazing how Katie shows you him going from this tough, strong, controlling father to being who he really was. Scared and worried.

I had one rough moment with this book where I stopped and wondered if I could continue reading on. It was the part where we find out that Echos mother is bipolar and had tried to kill her. Being Borderline, I often struggle reading things like this. It makes me question myself as a mother and often dwell on how the girls see me when I have bad moments. I chose to look over this. Sometimes, like Beth, you need to face your fears. I loved this book too much to let that stand in the way. I will put out there that this could be a sensitive topic for some people depending on their struggles in real life.

I ship Beth and Isaiah. SO much. I know this isn’t going to happen, and I know down the road my opinion might change. But in this moment, right now, I love these two together. I know in my heart it’s not a good pairing but I want it to be.

Overall, I absolutely loved this book. I cried. I smiled. I took it all in and I couldn’t read fast enough. Should you read this? Absolutely. It was fantastic. I have started Dare You To which is the second book in the series, and I will be blogging about every one I read so keep your eyes open for that!


Sarah LeBlanc

★ Borderline battler ★ Bookish lover ★ Hunger Games fanatic ★ Jodi Meadows Fangirl ★ Raising Awareness of Mental Health and BPD ★

  • Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books

    I shipped Isaiah and Beth too! Maybe that’s why I didn’t Lovd Dare You To???? I adored PTL though! It completely blew me away and gave me alllll kinds of emotions. I haven’t felt that way with any of her other books, sadly. I hope you have better luck!!

    March 15, 2016 at 8:41 am Reply

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