12 January, 2013

#BookReview :: Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #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.

Echo Emerson has no idea what happened that fateful night that turned her from the popular girl in school to the freak of the school. Not only has she lost her memory of that night, but also her status in school, her boyfriend and also her friends. All she is left with is her classes, a thousand questions that nobody answers, hours of therapy session and her ever loyal and only friend Lily. Noah Hutchins is the hot and bad boy of the school who has nothing in common with echo except the therapy sessions with the same counselor and a past that hurts.

This is an amazing emotional story of two teenagers from very different backgrounds and in different situations. Thrown in together by fate, or rather the counselor, they play a push and pull game at the beginning. In the end their need for each other brings them together and makes way for an explosive relationship.

I have completely fallen in love with Ms.Katie’s characterization. She has incorporated a number of characters with varied personality traits into the story in such an awesome way that they all blend together to paint a very beautiful story. Noah, with a past that has made him strong, is the rebel against the system. But deep down he is really a very caring and responsible boy. Echo is an all-rounder who excels in her studies and art. Yet she is lonely because of the relationships in her life. Lily is such a solid girl with the right priorities and deep loyalties. I just loved her for being there for Lily when no one else was. Beth, at first glance, is a loud and rude girl. But eventually you realize that her heart is in the right place and her attitude is something that she puts up in order to protect herself.

The storyline itself was entertaining with a hint of intrigue. I couldn’t help but wonder about what really happened that night, right along with Echo.  I worried with Noah about his little brothers. The writing style is simple and inviting. 

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and if you haven’t already read it – then go get yourself a copy. I know you will not regret it.


  1. Great review ~ I just finished this up and truly loved it. Like you, I found myself invested in the characters themselves, it was hard not to (I even fell in love with Aires, even though...well you know). Story line, Characters, Ending, Beginning and side characters...loved them all