Continuing with my YA kick, Pushing the Limits was the next one on my list and I’m so glad I finally got to it! In it we meet Echo and Noah, two teens dealing with tragedies from their respective pasts in addition to trying to navigate their final year of high school. Pushing the Limits is emotional, it made me equal parts laugh and cry and it’s one I can easily read again.
“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.
From page one I liked Katie’s voice and writing style, I appreciated Noah and Echo spoke like real 17 & 18 yr olds, they’re not these proper, well-spoken teenagers. They’re rough around the edges and not everything is sunshine and rainbows. They handle the crappy hands they were dealt confused and conflicted. Both Echo and Noah have faced things in their short lives that no one should have to. Only difference is Noah remembers his past and would love to forget; Echo represses the memories of a night she tries like hell to remember. One of the best parts of this book was seeing the two of them start off slowly as friends, for extra cash Echo agrees to tutor after school, not knowing the school stoner would be the student. Slowly we see the two of them chip away at the others exterior. I loved the slow build up, and the tension. The no insta-love. Echo’s BFF, Lila was awesome, she was by Echo’s side before, during, and after everything she’s been through, she supported and had Echo’s back at all times. Her friend Grace on the other hand…I couldn’t stand her. I wanted to throat punch that girl repeatedly! Echo’s dad also deserved a few good throat punches too! I loved not liking them until Katie managed to sort of change my mind about them.
Now, lets talk Noah…he made me swoon. He came off a little jerky in the beginning but he won me over easily just by being himself. I adored his protective tendencies he displayed when it came to Echo and his brothers and seeing his ideas and thought processes mature throughout the book was amazing! He made me proud of him. I’m excited to see what’s in store for them in the future as well as what’s in store for the rest of the characters! I’m on to Dare You To 🙂
KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.