- Publisher: Mira Ink
- Format: Paperback | 416 pages
- Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 25mm | 288g
- Publication date: 3 August 2012
- Publication City/Country: Richmond
- ISBN 10: 184845077X
- ISBN 13: 9781848450776
- Sales rank: 10,717
What if the last person you should fall in love with is only one who can save you? I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise. Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. You didn't do that - did you. It was done to you?
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Katie McGarry was a teenager during the era of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best of her life. Writing, as Katie often told her best friend, is cheaper than therapy. Pushing the Limits is her debut novel. Visit Katie's website at www.katielmcgarry.com.
By Iona 28 Nov 2013
Noah Hutchins is bad news. A dark loner with a nasty reputation, a leather jacket and a bad attitude. Exactly the kind of boy Echo knows to stay away from, but could his brutal honesty and lack of respect for authority be exactly what she needs when no one else seems to want to tell her the truth or even help her find out why she doesn't remember the night she some how ended up with scars decorating her arms and a restraining order against her mother?
This book is told from both Noah and Echo's point of view. This alternating between the two main characters really helps you to understand them and their problems better. You really connect to them because you see what they think and feel about things. The other characters too felt like they had personalities and weren't just there to help or hinder Noah and Echo, they were all flawed but in ways that felt real. Never did this book become too typically teenage to the point where you want to roll your eyes, throw it at the floor and walk off because it's given you a headache and made you sick to death of anyone under 20 (which I myself am not so that's irony for you). It felt just right. Yes these characters are hormonal, slightly naive teenagers but they're also smart, determined and they don't always sit around and sulk when there is a problem, they do something about it.
I won't say that this book was particularly surprising, with a little bit of brain power it's not hard to work out what happened to Echo and how this whole story will end but really it's the journey that matters. The chemistry between Noah and Echo was electric and their relationship and devotion to helping each other as friends and more was so heart-wrenchingly sweet that it made me miss being at the start of a relationship, or just in a relationship all together. There were points when Noah and Echo were kissing that I just wanted to put my book down and go find me a hot guy to make out with but I didn't, I was too enthralled with their storyline.
Over all I think this is a really great story. It's not really going to help anyone who is going through problems like Echo's because it at some points felt like the book was implying that you can't work out problems on your own, you need someone else's help to do it. Preferably someone you are greatly attracted to. But because the relationship felt so real I'll let that slide.
By Moodyno1 20 Jun 2013
Favourite Quote = "Sometimes when you see the line, you think it's a good idea to cross it - until you do."
I have such high hopes for this book because of all the hype it has been receiving. But I was let down and I can't really point out what I didn't like about this book, it was just minor things through out the novel that just build up and eventually I rated this book a 3/5 stars as I thought it was just an 'okay' read.
There were a lot of things I did like, such as one of the main character, Echo. I liked that she had flaws and was definitely not perfect. I loved hearing about her relationship with her brother that was heart breaking. Then there's Noah who I liked, but he wasn't the bad boy type I was hoping to read about, but he was good character with lots of layers to him. The things I didn't like about him was he used the word 'baby' far too much and I think he had a hint of insta-love with Echo, which annoyed me.
Other characters in the book I felt were all made out to be villains and it was only the main characters that were the protagonists. I didn't like it because it made the side characters one-dimension and that is not good writing.
The plot for me was a bit slow because I had worked out what happened to Echo before being half way through the book and it irritated me that Echo hadn't worked it out when it was so obvious to me. But for most of the other plots I liked.
Overall I liked this book but there was just something unidentifiable that stopped me from loving it, but I will still probably check out the next book featuring Beth to see if it will be any better!
By Jennifer Juckes 15 May 2013
I have to say I enjoyed every minute of this one. It was such an intense ride and I could really get what each character was feeling, such an emotional roller coaster. I came close to blubbing with this one and believe me that hasn't happened since I read Watership Down many years ago.
Echo Emmerson was such a wonderful and flawed character, if I was going to write a book, which I'm not I might add, then Echo would be the one character I would love to grab off the pages. She was so multi faceted she would give a diamond a run for the money. Both the main characters, Echo and Noah, are going through tough times, yet somehow with all that's going on the chemistry between them just ignites.
At times this book is so heart wrenching, it does tug at the heart strings. I'm a real sucker for this type of book. There is a lot of emotion riding high in the book. It did captivate me.
The writing style was very fluid and I thought the words flowed from the page. Sometimes it can get a bit jarred and disjointed when you are reading an emotional piece, not so in this case.
I would recommend this book, it will sweep you off your feet. I simply cannot wait to read the next in the series Dare You To, I already have it waiting to be read.
Get a copy now, you will not be disappointed.
My Thoughts on the Cover:
Yes I do like it. It's a simple but effective design and I love how the girl on the cover is highlighted in orange whilst the rest is greyed out.
**Many thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for the review copy**
By Kimberly Roy 04 Apr 2013
It took me forever but I was finally able to convince myself to sit down and read it not to long ago and boy am I ever glad I did. I absolutely loved Pushing the Limits even though it made me so angry I wanted to throw my kindle down.
I've never been one for reading contemporary young adult novels but I have to say that Katie McGarry put for a fantastic example of how to write a realistic novel that has the barest of stereotypes.
I thought the story line was really unique and one that I've never seen before in the genre and as dark as it was I'm glad someone wrote a book like it. I've become fed up with the fluffy young adult romances out there and for once someone has done the smart thing and taken out the unrealistic fluff and wrote a wonderful angsty read.
My favourite part of the book was the characters. Echo was amazing and I absolutely loved her. She was such a strong person but she hid it from so many people even herself for so long that for a long time during the book I wondered if she would ever find herself and I think that was probably the saddest thing about the book. I loved the way she saw the world and could see the goodness in people.
Noah, the bad boy was an enigma at first and I really enjoyed reading his side of the story. It might not have been as physically traumatic as Echo's side of Pushing the Limits but it was every bit as emotional. As much as I hated his arrogance and player attitude I came to understand why he was the way he was and admire his will to survive given his circumstances just as much as I admired Echo's.
The other characters in the book were very well developed. Some I loved others like Echo's Father, stepmother, Beth, the idiots at school who ridiculed Echo and the system of people that were working against Noah in his quest to be reunited with his brother made me so angry I almost through my kindle down in anger and frustration.
The plot work that Katie McGarry did was amazing and not to fast nor to slow and had so many twists and turns that I had no idea how it was going to turn out until I reached the end which I was sad to see. It kept me on my toes and I was very impressed with this debut.
Overall, the book was a fantastic read that had me turned into an emotional wreck switching from being happy to incredibly angry depending on what parts of the book I was reading. I thought the author did a masterful job of writing a book that can make the reader fall in love and be heart broken all in 400 pages. The romance between Echo and Noah was as tumultuous as the rest of the book and it will pull at your heartstrings.
I would recommend this book to any one who loves contemporary young adult romance novels especially those who want something a bit more mature, and darker. There is some language in this that some parents may not approve of but nothing teens don't say or here on a daily basis.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.
By Daphne (Winged Reviews) 16 Oct 2012
This, my friends, is how you do chemistry. I literally wrote that every single time I made a note while reading the book, because it was just that good.
Pushing the Limits is the story of Echo Emerson and Noah Hutchins, both outsiders in their own way. Echo was once popular but after she disappeared from school and returned with her arms covered in scars, she found herself the subject of gossip and without many true friends. Noah has been bounced around foster care since his parents died in a tragic fire and casually does drugs and looks for one-night stands. They are both broken and they need to find their way out of it. When Echo is encouraged by her guidance counsellor to tutor Noah, well, the sparks just fly.
Noah and Echo's relationship sizzles in so many ways, it's really hard to describe without reading the book yourself (and I cannot recommend it highly enough). Everything about them is so intimate, and watching them both peel back each other's physical and emotional layers got my heart rate racing. Each little touch or teasing word is just as electric as the bigger moments (my personal favourite is when Noah touches Echo's scars). I got so many tingles when reading this book, it was just romance done absolutely perfectly.
What makes it work for me is that Echo and Noah are both not trying to change themselves and each other. They are just encouraging each other to be better versions of themselves. For Echo, it was about understanding what happened to her and finding happiness at home with her family. For Noah, it was about letting his brothers have the life they deserve and instead of fighting so hard for them. They were there for each other and even through all those up and downs I was rooting for them. Their journey down to the very end was really beautiful to read.
The book handles a lot of deep issues, like mental illness, foster care, drugs and sex, so it may not be for everyone. That said, I really loved the way the author handles them in the book, especially the fact that the adult characters weren't just clichés. I think it's refreshing to have a helpful guidance counsellor or a parent emotionally wracked with guilt. It made the book all the more believable.
There is a sequel planned, but it focuses on another character in the story so I will definitely miss Noah and Echo. I am, however, looking forward to more of this amazing chemistry and characters that Katie McGarry writes. This was the best contemporary book I've read this year, and I highly recommend it for anyone that loves to read and fall in love with a relationship.
Thank you to MIRA Ink for providing a review copy.