Pushing the Limits     

Katie McGarry (Goodreads Author)

Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: July 31st 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Taken from Goodreads.
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Real quick, this book is a story of two main characters Echo Emerson and Noah Hutchins.  Each character has their own fair share of things going on in their life.  Echo is trying to remember exactly what happened to her on one tragic day, all while dealing with her Sargeant-esque father and 20-something year old ex-babysitter turned Stepmom.  In addition, she is coping with the loss of her brother, Aires.  None of this is easy, and Echo also has a few secrets that she is keeping, making her title at school go from popular to the “freak” in less than a moment. 

Pair this dilemma with that of Noah (the oh so damn good looking) Hutchins.  Noah is in foster care, has been from house to house, and had altercations with his previous foster father, leaving him with a bad reputation through the system.  His two brother’s are elsewhere and his parents are dead.  His school life is far from wonderful, relaying the bad-boy-stoner image.  When his clinical social worker (at the school) suggests tutoring, his whole world is bound to erupt.

From this point on, the story emerges at a fast, heart-pounding pace.  There is not a moment of dry reading, not even a sentence that goes by that doesn’t leave you breathless.  While Echo and Noah are absolutely stunningly written as main characters, the supporting characters are just as witty and well written.  Lila, Mr. Emerson, Beth, Carrie & Joe, they’re all so wonderful and each play an important role in either Noah or Echo’s lives.  Without giving anything away, I can just tell you that there is a twist at every corner, and a side of Noah that you didn’t think existed, until it is revealed to you.


My oh my.  This book was amazing. As in, above all else, I would put it as top of 2012 thus far.  I was privileged enough to receive my copy from NetGalley and HarlequinTEEN.  Katie McGarry, I am convinced that anything you put out I will read.  The writing is impeccable.  The story line while filled with events is not overwhelming, it is in fact; perfection. 

Echo and Noah seemed so compatible, and so perfect for each other that it was almost too good to be true.  This isn’t the stereotypical high school romance either.  This book shows you two characters who have been through HELL.  They compliment each other.  Bring out the best in each other, and love one another for who they can be.  While it may sound cliché, McGarry has taken it upon herself to write the perfect couple.  However, in this story, friends and family really do mean a lot, and we get to see exactly who is loyal, and who is not, as the story unravels. 

All in all, this book was a masterpiece.  It is still beyond me how this is Katie McGarry’s debut novel.  But I would not change a thing.  It was amazing.  If you do not pick it up on July 31st, 2012 – you are insane.  Yup! I said it!  INSANE!  Now… go ahead, write it down.  It will be worth it, I promise!
Five Coffee Cups to PUSHING THE LIMITS!
By bookswithcass Posted in Review


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