Meg is a bit of a daredevil. Understatement! She and three others get caught on a railroad bridge. Trespassing and putting yourself in danger? The girl has lost all sense of self-preservation it seems. Arresting officer John After comes up with a way to teach them a lesson. He lives for the rules and makes sure they aren't being broken. An upstanding citizen! When Meg starts pushing his buttons (the ones he didn't know he had), he doesn't know what to make of it. Would letting loose sometimes really be that bad? Meg on the other hand needs to get over her rebel phase stat. Self-destruction is not the way to go about things. Will these two be a perfect match or a beautiful disaster?
Having read the blurb I wished for a clean shaven guy and a blue haired girl on the cover. That wasn't the case. Normally I'm a big fan of close-ups, but for some reason I didn't like this one.
The first chapters gave me a very good and accurate idea of who Megan was. A troubled teenager lashing out at the world - including herself. She didn't know what she wanted; just what she didn't. Most importantly, Meg seemed to be someone who should evaluate her way of life to change things for the better. At first, I didn't think she'd ever agree to this assessment. I had to smile at her blue hair, because I, too, had it for a year or so when I was a teenager. Meg was definitely a handful: Pot, alcohol, mouthing off on the cop. More pitiful than likable, but that's what made the character so interesting. There was hope! I very much liked the storyline. Her punishment to be exact. A great idea and it worked like a charm. There had to be a way to bring these two individuals together, and the author did a wonderful job. At first, Meg didn't know what to make of Officer John After. It took her quite some time to realize her previous assumptions were wrong. His stoic self drew me in. I connected with John right away. A man in uniform. Yummi! Then again, sometimes it felt like his uniform / his job is what defined him...and nothing else. Along the way you'll ask yourself many questions. Sometimes that was a good thing - a lot of the times, however, I wanted to get to the answer already. What should've been anticipation was impatience.
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Meg is claustrophobic and not knowing why drove me nuts. She kept everything close to the vest. I knew something must've happened to her to make her act like such a jerk. Defense mechanism at its finest! Same goes for her hatred of anything remotely similar to a plan.
You have probably noticed that I didn't say whether I liked being kept in the dark or was annoyed by it. That's because I'm still not sure about the answer. Big issues - short read! Result? So-so. What I found absolutely endearing was when Miss Troublemaker suddenly realized she had a crush on John. Despite her attraction to him, she also noticed his unhealthy obsession with the bridge she and her partners in crime were trespassing on. In other words: She wasn't totally blinded by love. Thank god! It would've been very implausible (taking her previous wariness into consideration). I kept this observant streak of hers in mind and was disappointed that she didn't find out sooner what John's obsession was all about. Made no sense to me. A huge, HUGE plus? The interaction between Meg and John. True to their characters, funny, ... If I had to pick the one thing that I liked best about this book this would be it. Nonetheless, I had a really hard time deciding on a rating for this book. At page 95 I put it away...it took me a while to pick it up again. I liked it well enough, but it didn't blow me away. Character development? Oh yes! Also, I loved the ending. It's true that it takes hurting each other to let go of all the baggage and get a chance at a happy future together more often than one might think. In the end, it just wasn't enough. While reading, I often lost interest. The beginning was great; the ending was great, but the in-between - not the best young adult romance I've read. I think you should give it a try. But don't be disappointed if it isn't your cup of tea after all. 3 stars to Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols!
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A few of my favorite quotes for those of you who are interested:
° "We were about to screw on a railroad bridge. It was a shame we didn't like each other very much."
° "I could sort of see how it wouldn't feel like hell on earth to be his wife."
° "...I admire him from afar, but I knew I didn't have a chance with him. Suddenly I wished my hair was not blue."
° "Art is the most effective form of communication."
° "I do my homework clearly was the mating call for their species."show more