Friday, May 24, 2013

4 stars: Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits series, #1) by Katie McGarry

"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."

Published July 31st 2012 by Harlequin Teen. I listened to the audio format of this book.

This story was definitely memorable. I say that because even if you really enjoy a book, sometimes for some reason, it's hard to remember what happened in the story even a week after you read it. That's not the case here. There are some audio books I listen to when I'm cooking that turn into listening marathons. Again, not the case here. I pretty much just listened to this while cooking. I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing, because I sometimes have trouble remembering what happened in books I couldn't stop listening to/reading.

I do have to admit that Echo's name never grew on me. Also, while I love Tara Sands' other narrations, I didn't feel that she should have been selected to play Echo. Maybe that's a reason why I only listened to the book in small spurts. Again, how often I listened to the book isn't really indicative of much (only whether it's a quick read).

What hooked me was having the good girl be forced to tutor the bad boy. It's always fun when there is tension between two characters and they're forced to be together (see Faking It). And so began an intense love story. Both main characters experienced personal growth and became better people just by knowing each other (yay!). There was also excellent character development; even with secondary and tertiary characters! AND just about every character was likable-it takes a good writer to pull that off!

I will definitely read the sequel, Dare You To, but it's about a secondary character from this book, so I believe both can be read as stand-alones.

And on a side note, McGarry tweeted this about the story she's working on now:

I want to read whatever she is writing right now!


1 comment:

  1. I read the 2nd book in the series when I got an ARC of it, and based on the reviews and descriptions of the 2nd and the 1st book, I was underwhelmed, but it turned out to be a pretty great book! Phew.