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Pushing the Limits | [Katie McGarry]

Pushing the Limits

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....
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Katie McGarry (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Brooke United States 09-12-12
    Brooke United States 09-12-12 Member Since 2011

    Just a book fool.

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    "The Tough Stuff."

    Pushing The Limits is a surprisingly beautiful tale of two teenagers who are dealt a bad hand. I loved hearing these two overcome their crappy situations and figure out how to love themselves and how to be loved.

    There is quite a bit of teen angst that I feel a bit removed from (being 20 something) but overall I think its a story almost everyone can love.

    Tara Sands performance is a little high pitched for my taste but MacLeod Andrews makes up for it.

    I suggest you give this book a chance!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Onmykindle Virginia 12-22-12
    Onmykindle Virginia 12-22-12 Member Since 2011

    Loving all things that go bump in the night

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    "Perfect"
    What made the experience of listening to Pushing the Limits the most enjoyable?

    It felt less like an audiobook and more like sitting across the table from my friends as they told me about their day.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that both characters were flawed, that even though they started out with nefarious intent, and went about gaining their own ends in the wrong way, they ended up accepting that their nemesis wasn't their enemy and working through their issues on their own.


    What does MacLeod Andrews and Tara Sands bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Tara does an absolutely brilliant job with Echo's sarcasm, and MacLeod's reading of one scene in particular made me have to pull off into a parking lot because I was crying too hard to see the road in front of me.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend both the book and the audio version.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amylin Salt Lake City, UT, United States 12-18-12
    Amylin Salt Lake City, UT, United States 12-18-12
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    "The narrator was awesome!"

    It's rarely that I listen to a book and feel like I am so much better off than if I would've just read it. In this case, the narrator of Pushing the Limits took it from an entertaining YA read to a quite emotional experience. There were parts when I actually cried, and it was all due to the narrator's touching delivery. The story was good. It's not light and fluffy, but it's definitely worth reading.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Buford, GA, United States 08-06-12
    Andrea Buford, GA, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it!!"
    What did you love best about Pushing the Limits?

    The issues that both Echo and Noah had to get past.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Heart warming moments


    Would you be willing to try another one of MacLeod Andrews’s performances?

    Maybe


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not knowing isn't always best, especially when comes back to bite you in the ass.


    Any additional comments?

    I really didn't like the characters names but otherwise it was an awesome story!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JEM0371 Lewiston, ME USA 05-26-14
    JEM0371 Lewiston, ME USA 05-26-14 Member Since 2014

    KCMjem

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    "An Emotional Rollercoaster Ride - Great Story!"
    What did you love best about Pushing the Limits?

    The story was very well written....very emotional - both the writing and performances. I can't say enough about this book. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook from start to finish. I had a hard time putting it down.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pushing the Limits?

    The most memorable moment in the book was when Noah met up with his brothers at the fountain around the homes his parents had built for Habitat for Humanity and he was invited home for lunch with them. Noah finally got to know the boys foster parents and finally understood how much the boy's foster parents loved them and cared for them and perhaps THEY were what was best for his brothers.


    What does MacLeod Andrews and Tara Sands bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    MacLeod Andrews and Tara Sands did such a wonderful job with this book. You could hear the emotions in their voices. The emotion brought life to the book. I have never enjoyed an audiobook like this one. Between the story and their narration - I was hooked from the time I hit play.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    My tag line would be exactly as the review on the front of the book. This book IS a riveting and emotional ride. I chuckled at times and I cried at times. I even sobbed through a couple of chapters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Marysville, WA, United States 03-03-13
    Amazon Customer Marysville, WA, United States 03-03-13 Member Since 2012

    Avid Reader when not teaching, being a Mommy, or gamer. Loves just about anything!

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    "Teen Drama"
    What did you love best about Pushing the Limits?

    MacLeod Andrew's narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The differing characters' points of view


    What about MacLeod Andrews and Tara Sands ’s performance did you like?

    MacLeod Andrews' growly voice as Noah. Ms. Sands's performance was okay, but was a bit girlish for me.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Teen love with issues.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marni 12-18-13
    Marni 12-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Touching teen romance with suspenseful drama"

    As a mother of teenagers I like to read young adult novels, and Pushing the Limits kept me riveted and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book, couldn't put it down. The back and forth narration format allowed me to connect strongly with both Echo and Noah, and watching them help and heal each other in the context of their family issues was satisfying.

    There were times I found Tara Sand's voice a bit grating at times, but her pacing and emotion would soon sink me back into the story. She sounded a lot like Kat Denning to me. MacLeod Andrews never disappoints when voicing young, male characters and his portrayal of Noah was sufficiently sexy yet vulnerable and even had me wiping away a tear at the end. The soothing, yet angsty timbre of his voice was a perfect complement to Tara Sand's Echo.

    I would definitely recommend this book to both adults and young adults, as it combined a sufficiently realistic high school feel with mystery (what happened to Echo), heart wrenching drama (Noah's need for his family) and flashes of humor as the story unfolded.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bewaji Lubbock, TX. USA 12-13-14
    Bewaji Lubbock, TX. USA 12-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Love Personified...."
    What made the experience of listening to Pushing the Limits the most enjoyable?

    The agony of Echo about her past, and that of Noah about his little brothers. Also Echo's grief about her brother's death.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The absence of sex (there was heavy making out), and I did not even notice. That shows how absorbed I was in this story.


    What about MacLeod Andrews and Tara Sands ’s performance did you like?

    They conveyed the emotions of the H and h so vividly.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, Noah's situation made me cry.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Delta108 Wisconsin 08-06-14
    Delta108 Wisconsin 08-06-14

    Like a good romance book. I also like any good writing whether it is fiction, classic, etc,

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    "Will We Ever Learn ( Ass)uming Hurts People?"
    Where does Pushing the Limits rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook ranks high in the category of "young adults ". Very well written and acted out in the audio book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Noah, probably because he is the stronger character and very supportive of Echo when she needs it.


    What does MacLeod Andrews and Tara Sands bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I almost prefer to have a male and female read the separate parts than have one actor read both.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried along with Echo when she remembered the time she fell one the stain glass window her mentally ill mother made. Then drugged by her mom. Echo tried to get her father via phone, but only voice mail while her mother continued to attempt to kill her.

    When Echo confronted her father as to what he left her there. Why didn't he check his phone? Why he doesn't love her? I was very sad, as her dad just only say he was sorry.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought it was a great that Echo's dad did not jump down Noah's throat with 20 questions, etc., when Echo came down in a sleeveless dress for a school dance allowing her to be herself and Noah said she is beautiful. That was all Echo's father needed to hear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Katy, TX, United States 11-02-13
    Amazon Customer Katy, TX, United States 11-02-13 Member Since 2012

    Avid reader, enthusiastic book club organizer, aspiring writer & devoted mommy of one Doberman puppy, Maddox, and one Half-Arab mare Kissy.

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    "Awesome YA Romance. Love love love this book!!!!!"

    This was my second time listening to this book. (I have never actually read this book, like in print. The first time, I rated it a 4. This time I struggled between 4 and 5 stars, deciding that a solid 4.5 stars is more the case and rounded up.) Told from the alternating POVs of Noah and Echo, Pushing the Limits is a mature YA read for those whole like contemporary romance, but it is certainly not a light hearted read. I loved Noah and Echo and was equally interested in each character’s stories. Noah is oh so sexy, and your typical bad boy with a heart of gold. Echo is socially withdrawn with severe “daddy” issues. Actually, she has family issues period. Both characters have been dealt a debilitating hand by fate. Katie McGarry, the book’s author, did a masterful job of getting me to instantly like and care about what happened to her characters. I really wanted to see Echo heal and Noah get his family back. I even cared what happened to the supporting characters. Isaiah and Beth, Tyler and Jacob, Lila, even Grace was interesting. What I really noticed the second read-(er, listen-) through, was the McGarry did not rush her story. I really liked that she took the time to develop the plot, yet the story got going right away. I was interested from the first 30 seconds into the book. I also appreciated that McGarry did not end the book abruptly. Noah and Echo’s lives were messy. And it would have been a huge injustice to their story if the author simply tried to end everything with your typical YA high school romance neat with-ribbon-and-bow ending. She took the time to really flesh out all the major (and even more minor) plot points and left me with an ending that I found remarkable and extremely satisfying. I would definitely recommend this read to anyone who liked Slammed by Colleen Hoover and Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. Also, I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, Dare You To.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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