Thursday, 13 February 2014

Romance Reads | Review: Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry.

Book: Pushing the Limits

Author: Katie McGarry

Pages: 392

How Long it Took Me to Read: 2 days

Plot Summary: 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.
General Thoughts and Review: I read this book nearly a year ago. I kept meaning to review it but kept forgetting. I really loved this book! A romance is not usually my go-to-read but I had heard really good things about this book and picked it up on my birthday last year whilst book shop hopping! From the cover and the blurb on the back of the book, it seems like any other happy little YA romance. But this book is so much more than that! 
I loved the writing in this book. The story, premise and the pace. The book switches between Echo and Noah's perspectives. We get to see both their lives and their struggles. A nice romance read, it isn't all fluffy and light. These characters have some serious struggles in their lives and are going through some pretty serious things. They also gradually and slowly fall in love, unlike so many other YA books where BAM! love just happens in a second. I loved how these two characters are helping each other out while sorting through their own battles. 
Noah is such a great guy! His bits in the book were really great. His foster care friends are very sweet. Noah's love for his two little brothers is really heart-warming and everything he does to make sure he is a part of their lives and that they don't forget who their parents were is just so inspiring and is just too much for a teen to deal with. 
Echo is an interesting character as well. We go through the whole book with Echo trying to figure out what happened to her. Echo's friends- the popular clique in their high school- were trying very hard to get her to go back to her pre-accident/incident self. So, it was not some mean girls' re-hash where everyone was giving her a hard time. 
Essentially, this is a romance book with a heart. This is about two broken young people trying to get back on track and have a "normal' life. 
If you are in the mood for a fun yet moving love story, then definitely pick up this book. Highly recommend it. 
Rating: 5/5 

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