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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Title: Pushing the Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Pages: 384
Rating: 5/5!
Synopsis: "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.

Review: We start off with Echo and Noah, two people who are just trying to live their lives. After the night that she can't remember, Echo is someone different. Noah has his own problems that he has to deal with. Both have no reason to know each other but as it turns out they find that they can trust each other. As the story progresses we get to see more of how they bond and and how they deal with the problems they have.

Echo has had to deal with the talking that goes around at her school after what happened to her. She doesn't remember what happened the night she got the scars. The newest person trying to help remember and overcome it is Mrs. Collins. She's one of those characters that I immediately liked. She was going through rough time and all she wanted to do was be normal. I liked how she came to understand that sometimes things can't go to the way they were before. I liked the way things worked out for her and how she handled them.

Noah. He's broken in so many ways and it's true that he does things that are seen as bad but he just needs a way of forgetting all the pain that goes through. He has practically lost everything and has gone through rough times before getting to a place where it might not be the best but at least it's not as bad as other places. His only wish is to make sure his brothers are safe. As we get to know we see how much he loves and all the things he's willing to do for them. The ending might not be what he's expecting but I think it works for best.

I had been looking forward to reading this story and having read it I can say that I recommend this book to everyone. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down until I had known the whole story. The more we know about the characters the more we understand about them. I felt that the ending for both Echo and Noah were what was best for them and even if some of it was sad. Definitely read this book if you haven't yet.