Pushing the Limits (Katie McGarry)

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“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?” No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked. 

So wrong for each other…and yet so right.

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.


I read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, so go to her blog on the next few days to check out her review of this book.

Pushing the Limits was yet another book that had been sitting on my kindle for a long long time, and this December was the perfect time to finally get to it. I’m glad I did, but apart from the fact that this a contemporary YA romance, I knew next to nothing about it.

I really enjoyed the writing, the book is told in dual POV and I think that McGarry was able to capture the internal struggles of each character perfectly, giving them two very distinct voices. There was also humour within the very serious storyline, and I really appreciated that.

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I liked both main characters, and there were some things that I thought they weren’t being exactly fair, but they were 17, so they very much acted their age. Both their stories are tragic, and I felt for both Echo and Noah, but I think that Echo’s story would have been a little worst?! Have you read this book? Maybe you know what I mean…

But in spite of loving the 2 main characters, I pretty much hated a lot of other characters in this book, and I wish that Echo would have been more her person, because she took a long time to see that some people were not good for her. But I did kind of understood her dad…

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The romance was sweet, Echo and Noah together were cute as hell! I thought it was amazing how much they both grew during the book, and how much they helped each other get to a better versions of themselves.

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Overall, I really did enjoy this book. It’s not an easy read, and it has some heavy elements, but it’s so well done. I have to admit that maybe I was expecting a little bit more, but the book didn’t WOW me, even though I really liked and want to read the rest of the series.

December TBR

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Again, I managed to read 20 books last month, and from my original 14 books on my TBR, I read 11 and started the 12th, so… not bad! I’m gonna aim for 14 books again, and see how that goes.

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  1. Slammed (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover (I’m halfway through already)
  2. Aimee and the Heartthrob (Backstage Pass #1) by Ophelia London
  3. Wrong (Wrong #1) by Jana Aston (I’m almost done)
  4. The Matchmaker’s Replacement (Wingmen Inc. #2) by Rachel Van Dyken
  5. Being Brooke by Emma Hart
  6. Wallbanger (Cocktail #1) by Alice Clayton (Re-read!)
  7. Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2) by Sarina Bowen
  8. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
  9. Stripped (Travesty #2) by Piper Lawson
  10. Night Owls by Jenn Bennett
  11. How Not to Let Go (The Belhaven Series) by Emily Foster
  12. The Romantics by Leah Konen
  13. Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1) by Katie McGarry
  14. The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker