Friday, July 5, 2013

Review: Pushing the Limits

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)





Title:
Pushing the Limits

Author: Katie McGarry

Pages: 392

Release Date: July 21, 2012

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 3 cows






Goodreads Description:

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.

Echo's mother tried to kill her and worst thing is she can't remember. All she knows is that she has these hideous ragged scars on her hands and arms and that she's now known as the freak at school. She goes from therapist to therapist just trying to regain her memory. I always have trouble liking the female protagonist because I usually find her weak and I found Echo weak at times. She didn't stand up for herself. She didn't notice that one of her "friend" wasn't actually a true friend and treated her wrong until the very end. It also annoyed the crap out of me when she couldn't remember her past. I just wanted to shake her and yell "get over it" and I thought a lot of her actions were pathetic. And of course by the end, she's transformed-- she's strong, confident, and she's able to regain her memory, but by that time my opinion of her was made up.

Noah lost both of parents in a fire, so his two younger brothers and himself are placed in foster homes. In one of his foster homes, he punches his foster father because he's protecting his foster brother, but because of that incident he's labeled as unstable and he's separated from his brothers. He becomes bitter and anger and starts engaging in activities such as smoking marijuana, having sex, and getting into fights, which just floored me because instead of cleaning himself up and creating a stable image he worsen. How on Earth is that smart and logical? And because he was always in a bad foster home he has the idea that his brothers are also in an abusive home so he tries to gain custody of them.
I know that his intentions were good but the way he goes about them were wrong. But I still liked him. What can I say I'm attracted to bad boys with big hearts.


One rich and somewhat popular girl is broken and one broken orphaned guy saves her and they fall in love. We are all familiar with the plot, right? Well, I'm tired of the same plot so I didn't enjoy it as much but the book itself is enjoyable. I have to be honest when I first finished the book I thought it was great but the more I thought about it the more I disliked it. The only characters I liked were Noah (at times) and the therapist. I still enjoyed it but I wouldn't label it as a must-read.

Better Recommendation:
Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols






3 comments:

  1. I can agree with that. I really got into Noah's story, much more than Echo's, but I think I fell somewhere around 4 stars when I read this. It wasn't amazing, but I liked several different parts of the story.
    Echo kind of bothered me. I think I can agree that she felt kind of meek and I just wanted her to do MORE. Hm... I can't quite put my finger on it.
    I loved Noah's dedication to his family and that was a big part of it!
    I LOVED the therapist!

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  2. I enjoyed this when I was reading it, but had a hard time remembering any details 1 week later. An ok beach read for me, but not much more - maybe an iffy 3 stars.

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  3. I'm so glad you loved this book too! I originally wasn't the biggest fan of Beth either, but she definitely won me over in this book. I think I just needed to see in her head a bit instead of being on the outside looking in. I cannot wait for Isaiah's book, I so want him to be happy!

    Maycee Greene (One Way Links)

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