Re-read & Review #5: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Posted February 27, 2014 by Bee in Memes & Features, Reviews / 1 Comment

Re-read & Review is a new, (two-)weekly feature on Istyria book blog. The basic idea of this feature is that I re-read and review books that I’ve read, but not reviewed. (Or they have a review, but it’s so short that it barely qualifies as a review.)

Re-read & Review #5: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing The Limits

by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing The Limits #1
Published on July 31st 2012
by Harlequin Teen
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eBook
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Also by this author: Crash Into You, Take Me On, Nowhere But Here

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.

5 Stars

This is the second time I’ve read this book and I still love it just as much, if not more than the first time I read it! Pushing The Limits is a beatiful story about grief, loss, friendship, loving others and yourself, family,… Yeah, it did make me cry a couple of times.

This is the story of Noah and Echo. Echo Emerson doesn’t remember what happened the night she went from popular to a freak with scars on her arms. No one really knows. And all she wants is everything to go back to normal. Noah Hutchins is the hot loner with a black leather jacket. At first sight, those two are from different worlds, but they have more in common than they think. Both have scars, inside and out and both want only one thing. Normal.

I think this was one of my first real YA contemporary romance book and I loved it to bits, but it also set a standard for all the books to follow. The writing is amazing. I love Katie McGarry and I don’t even have to think twice about reading another book from her. It’s heartbreaking and beautiful and the romance takes my breath away in every single book I read from her. This one was no different. It had been a while since I first read this book, so I was a little hazy on what happened with Echo and Noah, so it was, in a way, like I read it again for the first time. And that’s not a bad thing because I got the full experience again! So many feels!

“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.

Echo is so relatable and I love her so much. She’s been through hell and she doesn’t even remember what happened exactly. And Noah is… Oh my god, he is so great. He’s caring and sweet and hides behind this wall, scared to be hurt and to lose what he has left. He’s also been through a lot in his life and I felt so bad for him! I adore the two of them together. And I also loved Noah’s friends Isaiah and Beth. I read the third book in this series recently and it’s about Isaiah and I loved it! The second book is about Beth, but that was also a long time ago, so I’m going to re-read that one soon!

I also loved their ‘therapist’ mrs Collins, but the rest of the people around them… I don’t really like them. Most of the people around Echo just push her so much. Her dad is never happy with what she does, even though she’s the perfect student. Her friends want her to be like before again, but she can’t show her scars. They only think about her reputation. And Luke was just an asshole.

I still love this book to bits and I would recommend it to anyone who hasn’t read it yet. And if you have, re-read it! It really is a great and beautiful book and this won’t be the last time I read it.


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One response to “Re-read & Review #5: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

  1. I completely love this one too! Even though it wasn’t the bestest book EVER, it’s on of the first that comes to my mind when someone asks me “what should I read?” I can never find the time to re-read but if I did, this and The Sea of Tranquility would be at the top of my list. Great re-read review!

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