Friday, March 15, 2013

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1), by Katie McGarry

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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.

Swoon, my friends. Total swoonfest.
 A huge fan of Teen Angst, I crave the tortured pasts, self-flagellation, and heartfail.
I am completely in love with Echo and Noah.
Um, mostly Noah.
Sorry you had to find out this way, Husband. 

Poor Echo. She's the victim of a horrible night she can't remember, her father is a total asshat who married her former nanny, and her "friends" mostly ignore her, thanks to ugly scars covering her arms.

Noah also has a tragic story (of course!).  His parents are dead and he's been separated from his younger brothers--placed in separate foster homes.

He has a Bad Boy reputation, which--naturally--contrasts nicely with our virginal heroine. 

Now, dear reader, which character hates him/herself the most?  Who has the worst life?

But alas!  They are thrown together under unusual circumstances and fall in love.

And then...
The inevitable mid-story conflict that tears our young lovers apart. Yes!  Bring back the angst!

Don't worry, though: book magic being what it is, everything works out for them in the end. 

So why am I so in love with this book?  Why am I giving it five stars when it's just your standard overly melodramatic Young Adult novel?

Because the characters are real. I couldn't help but root for them and I was sucked into their lives. 

And, of course...


I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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