Going Too Far
High school senior Meg revels in being a rebel. She sports choppy blue hair, and tight t-shirts, cuts class, and is often found where she's not supposed to be. Like hanging out on a railroad-tracks-covered bridge that's off-limits to trespassers. When she and her friends are busted for trespassing and underage drinking, she's sentenced to spend her spring break riding along with a rookie police officer on his nightshift patrol. Compounding the punishment is the fact that the cop, John After, is only two years older than Meg, and a former classmate to boot. He thinks he has Meg's number and has nothing but contempt for her childish rebellion. Meg in turn has nothing but contempt for Officer After's straight-laced, by-the-book attitude. But Meg has her reasons for lashing out, and John has his reasons for his need for law and order. And they're about to discover that they have a lot more in common than either one of them could have dreamed...
- Paperback | 256 pages
- 127 x 178 x 16.51mm | 185.97g
- 20 Apr 2009
- MTV Books
- New York, NY, United States
"Naughty in all the best ways...the perfect blend of romance, wit, and rebelliousness. I loved it!" -- Niki Burnham, author of Royally Jacked and Sticky Fingers "A brave and powerful story, searingly romantic and daring, yet also full of hilarious moments. Meg's voice will stay in your head long after the intense conclusion." -- R. A. Nelson, author of Teach Me and Breathe My Name
About Jennifer Echols
Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama--a setting that has inspired many of her books. Her nine romantic novels for young adults have been published in seven languages and have won the National Readers' Choice Award, the Aspen Gold Readers' Choice Award, the Write Touch Readers' Award, the Beacon, and the Booksellers' Best Award. Her novel Going Too Far was a finalist in the RITA and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son. Visit her at Jennifer-Echols.com.
Our customer reviews
When I picked up Going Too Far I was in a bit of a reading rut. I wasn't sure if this book would help me to get out of it or not. It's a young adult contemporary romance, so it's a bit different than my usual paranormal reads. But really I had nothing to worry about because this was a phenomenal book. It hooked me very quickly and I literally sat down and didn't stand up again until I was finished. I just couldn't put it down! Jennifer Echols has a very easy-going and witty writing style which I immediately connected with. But what was most engaging about this book were the characters. Both Meg and John are extremely dynamic and layered characters whose layers are peeled away as the pages are turned. Not only is the chemistry between them absolutely sizzling, but each of them individually are characters who were built so well. Like real people, their past experiences shaped them and made them who they are today. Their little quirks, feelings, fears, and irrational actions are all because of things that have happened to them in the past. It makes such a huge difference in understanding and relating to them when you understand why they do the things they do. This book really blew me away. I loved the relationship and chemistry between Meg and John. But there were also huge surprises that I so did not expect throughout the entire book. Echols did an amazing job at giving us clues about certain things, without giving away the punch line. I'm really impressed. Overall seriously this is such an amazing book. It managed to get me out of a post-Thanksgiving week reading rut I was having and I will definitely be checking out more by Jennifer Echols in the future. You will fall in love with these characters and their blooming relationship, and you'll have trouble putting it down until you find out how it all turns out in the end. My only problem? There's no more of them! I wish there was more to read about Meg and John. I absolutely loved them.show moreby I\'m Loving Books
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. Beware of Spoilers! 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! Beware of Spoilers! 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 moreby Saskia
a really great book. must read.show moreby Laura Pocock
Meg pushes limits. Right before Spring Break, she and her friends are found trespassing on a dangerous railroad bridge, under the influence. They almost lose their lives. As punishment, they must forgo their trip to Miami Beach and instead each spend a week riding with a trauma unit in an effort to teach them a lesson. Meg must spend the week riding in a police car with the officer who brought her in. She's unnerved to find that not only is he a few years older than she is and that they once had class together - but also that she's falling for him. For Meg, the girl who doesn't plan anything and who runs away from any emotional ties, this week could spell out her downfall. Jennifer Echols deals with the limits of life and shocking everyone in GOING TOO FAR, a novel readers won't want to put down.show moreby TeensReadToo
I had read several reviews about Going Too Far before I decided to buy it. I had kept staring at that beautiful cover a few times and asking myself what could have been behind it that so many readers were falling in love with it. Now I understand, now I don't regret myself for having bought and read it. Actually, I had a copy of Going Too Far since April, and I admit that at that time I wasn't in the mood to read a romance or something, so I just left it on the bookshelf. Until one day and a few hours ago, when I was supposed to read another story, a Fantasy one. I was in the mood to read a good and light and complete romance, so I run into my room and I picked up Going Too Far-not knowing what to expect from this. It was already 11pm, but I could read at least 50 pages until I fell asleep. I still wasn't so into the story when I stopped, but then in the following day, I picked up again from my bedside table and laid on my sofa. Then I was reading, flipping pages, being sucked by Echols' writing-even though I had felt kinda lost in the beginning, not because of the development of the story, but because of my own English knowledge, and in only a few pages I was already acquainted. I ended up reading Going Too Far all day long, carrying it with me all day long, thinking about how was it going to end all day long. I could not put it down. I read this 256-pages book in a little less than 24 hours, which I had never ever did in my whole life. I could find myself into that story, with Meg and John everywhere. Each of them had passed through a lot in their lives and maybe that's why they connected so well, so deeply. In front of my eyes, they argued with each other, they learned lessons from each other, they fell in love with each other. And it all was so completely complex. Their relationship and what they said are too complex, but still simple because it catches you and you can relate yourself to it. At the end, when I already had listened to many of their long and significant and challenging and entertaining and even lovely conversations, when I already had gone so many times to the diners with them and asked for The Meg Special so many times too, when I already had passed through all this with them, I cried. I cried just like Meg finally did, and it was like I could feel her pain and John's, too, somehow. I was way too absorbed by their story, like I never thought I would when I decided to dive into it. I'm more than happy that I read this book. I'm happy that I met Meg because she a lonely and beautiful girl who made me think about the way I look at blue (or pink, or orange, or green) haired people and don't even know what is behind them, who they really are, what they have been through in their lives, or why they dye their hair colorful. I'm happy that I found John After (such a charming and handsome guy) because, besides I'm truly in love with him (ha ha) and that he has such a beautiful smile with such cute dimples, he was deep, he was good, he felt so much pain that he could not allow himself to be rid of this pain anymore. And only Meg could do this. At last, but not least, I'm happy I found in Jennifer Echols' writing something I rarely have found these days. I found the characters' lines so real, fitting wonderfully well, that I kept some of them in my mind and so I was trying to retrospect everything in just a few minutes. I felt the complexity of the whole story-not that I have undestood every single thing, though. But I felt fulfilled. I felt that it was worth reading it. Overall, it was so much better than I had first imagined and I highly recommend everybody to at least pick it up to read once. Because, well... It has it all. It's funny, romantic, lovely, dangerous, intelligent, real. It's fantastic, incredible. It's unique.show moreby Raila Soares de Assis