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.
Avid reader, enthusiastic book club organizer, aspiring writer & devoted mommy of one Doberman puppy, Maddox, and one Half-Arab mare Kissy.
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 Echo is socially withdrawn with severe “daddy” issues.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.
Teen trauma, first love, emotional breakthrough
Easy by Tammara Webber. Both of these books are based on young lovers who need one another to conquer their demons and heal. I couldn't put either down.
Absolutely. Love the narrators, too.
I read. A lot. Audiobooks are my guilty pleasure--especially romance! Bring on the HEAs, please :)
Not necessarily better, but I do like hearing two different voices for the two narrators. Definitely adds to the experience.
Loved both the protagonists! Both seemed very human and very real--made bad choices, but most of them were for good reasons. They grew throughout the novel, and overcame amazing odds.
Loved them both. Really, I couldn't choose.
How can you look forward to the future when you can't get over your past?
I definitely recommend this audio version. It was very well done.
Tell us about yourself!I have been reading constantly threw audio books sense a verry small age and have never lost the love of them.
This book was verry good. I loved the narrators and how they worked together. The book has a lot of mental thrills and a tun of unexpected twists. Throw in some wonderful romance and i was hooked. You really begin to care about the caaractors. I really hope this Author comes back with more to read in the world of audio.
A wonderful bittersweet emotional story. Wonderful backgrounds and story development! I loved Echo and Noah!
This book is not easy to read. The things Echo and Noa deall with are hard, but the way they actualy came into their own was harder. It was hard to see echo starting to remember that night. It was hard to see her relationship with Ashley, the owman who was a mother to her almost until she marryed her father. Noa did some great things. He was really good at heart. I loved him and Echo together. They were not the usual tipe. They really loved each other. This is more than being in love. Noa's treatmont of his brother was indearing. I tiink the sistam has to learn something from this book. The carichtors were believeable. I loved it! I recommend it for people with strong heart! I cryed a lot, and laughed quite a few times.
I like to read VERY much .. I'm obsessed with reading I don't have time to actually read a book so I've been a listener for three years now
So this book wasn't what I expected at all with all these good reviews and all .. but it did end on a good note and that's why I didn't give it a 1 star rating, the story was deep but it lacked some major elements to make it exciting and fun to follow .. I didn't like Noah until the end because I saw him as a contradictory character who do what he doesn't want and say what he doesn't feel !!
I didn't like this story at all and I look at it as "Perfect chemistry" rip off with a bad plot
I have such a hard time with books like this where every teenager portrayed has serious problems. This is a total downer book and the language is awful. I would never suggest a teenager or adult, for that matter read this. I can't believe this is marketed to teenagers.
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