Book Review: Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

10194514Title: Pushing The Limits

Author: Katie McGarry

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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.

Echo. Echo is an A-grade student from an upper class family who’s main problem is that her parents divorced, and now her Dad will marry her supposed “Stepmom” who’s a real witch. She sees the school’s councelor because she’s been having some trouble after her parents got divorced. Noah on the other hand, is something else all together. Coming from a not-so-perfect family, he’s the school’s number one bad boy, hopping from girl to girl like a grashopper, scoring bad grades and making one stupid mistake after another. What neither of them expected is how well they fit together, and how their mutual secrets make for an almost unbreakable bond.

The story is told from the perspectives of both Echo and Noah, making for a nice experience. I haven’t read much mixed-POV books before, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The plot itself worked great as well, in my opinion. It was a lot more supsenseful and thrilling than I thought it would be.

The best part for me however was the kissing and the romance. Katie McGarry sure knows how to write her romances! The chemistry between Noah and Echo was dazzling, and their relationship evolved slowly, which was a great bonus. I hate instant-romance stories. For me, the longer it takes, the better.

But the best part about this book wasn’t the romance, even though that was awesome. It was EVERYTHING. The emotional connection Noah and Echo have, the way they compliment each other, their underlying echoes, the past that Echo can’t remember, Noah struggling to get his brothers back, all that combined makes for an emotional roller coaster that left me breathless.

Then why a four star and not a five star rating? Because sometimes the angst gets to be too much. I can stand a fair share of teenage angst, but to have it roll off the pages every time I turn a page, that’s getting on my nerves. Less angst, more romance.

I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel, and hope to read more about Noah and Echo!

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