Sunday, December 29, 2013

Review: Pushing the Limits

Title - Pushing the Limits
Author - Katie McGarry
Series - Pushing the Limits #1
Genre - YA/New Adult
Format - Kindle
Published - June 1st 2012
Publisher - Harlequin Teen


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 has issues she can’t remember the night she got her scars and her father won’t tell her what happened. All she knows is that her mother was involved and because of that there is a restraining order keeping her mother away. The last few years have been tough for Echo her father divorced her mother leaving her for their nanny. Her brother joined the Marines leaving Echo to deal with her parent’s nasty divorce. When he doesn’t return from Afghanistan her mother sinks into depression and Echo is left alone as her father marries Ashley her nanny.

When Echo is giving the chance to make some extra money to fix the car her brother was working on before he left she jumps at the chance. Hoping that fixing his car will heal her heart. Echo knows who Noah is but she doesn’t really know his story. As the two share a few classes she works to help him catch up but learns more about herself than she knew. They each have their own issues they need to deal with hers are finding out what really happened and he wants to gain custody of his brothers. Together they come up with a plan to steal their files but end up falling for each other. As the truth comes out will it tear them apart?

I love Echo she’s got issues which makes her easy to connect with. I loved Noah he’s one of those guys that family is important he’s got issues like Echo but that’s what allows them help each other heal. I can’t imagine being in either ones it can’t be easy but they handle them well. I really fell in love with both Echo and Noah they may very well be my favorite couple of 2013.

I’ve been meaning to read Pushing the Limits for ever but I’m still new to the New Adult genre so I was a little hesitant. I wish I hadn’t waited so long because Pushing the Limits stole my heart. The characters are engaging easy to connect with and I was sucked into the story till the very end. I was dying to know what would happen next and if everything would work out for them. I had a hard time putting the book down with my family in the house for the holiday. The author has created an emotional story that smashes your heart and mends it all within the covers. I love a book that can pull me into the story so much I get emotional for the characters. However it was all worth the emotional roller-coaster because the book is beautifully done. The author has done a brilliant job creating a story that touches the heart. I’m super excited to read the rest of the books because I know from peaking they are characters we got to know in book one. I honestly loved this book it’s a must for anyone who enjoys New Adult. Echo and Noah are my new favorite couple and very well could be the my favorite of the whole year. 
5 out of 5 stars


  1. I haven't read any new adult yet, but I've heard nothing but good things about this book. If I ever do get around to reading this genre, I'll definitely give this one a shot!

    - Kritika @ Snowflakes & Spider silk

  2. EEEEK! Just checking out your archived reviews. I loved this book! My review of Pushing The Limits