I don't usually read contemporary romance, but for some reason I was drawn to this book. Was it the summary, cover, or the raving reviews that drew me in? I don't know, but I do know that it is one of my favourite reads of 2012!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.
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Pushing the Limits is a beautifully written novel that made me feel a whirl wind of emotions. It's about a 'lost girl' and a 'bad boy' who find comfort in each other as their lives fall apart. The romance between these two was about more than just a physical attraction - Noah and Echo are layered characters who have realistic problems - Echo with her controlling father and annoying stepmother and Noah with his struggle to piece his family back together. It was a wonderful yet heart breaking journey watching them find themselves and come to some realisations.
Noah can be classed as a 'bad boy', but there's so much more to him than that. His love and devotion towards his younger brothers was admirable. Under the rough and tough exterior is a determined young man who is willing to do anything for the happiness of his siblings. His flirting and banter with Echo brought a humorous tone to the story, and the split narration also helped build the chemistry.
Katie McGarry has done a brilliant job with dealing with curse words and sex. When reading PtL I never once felt like the curse words were gimmicky or put in there for sake of it - they felt natural and flowed well with the dialogue.
Something that usually puts me of reading books set in high school is the over-the-top drama and irritating characters, but McGarry has crafted together a refreshingly realistic set of characters who aren't overly cliched or dramatic.
Her eyes met mine again. “So what does this mean for us?”
I lowered my forehead to hers. “It means you’re mine.”