250 Word Review: Pushing the Limits (Katie McGarry)
Summary (From Goodreads.com)
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.
Title: Pushing The Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Length: 416 Pages
Source: Netgalley for review
For me, this was a pretty perfect contemporary. The issues and romance blended together with just the right amount of can’t-help-but-smile moments. Everyone’s reviews made me sceptical; because everyone loved it, I expected it to disappoint.
It didn’t. The characters are great – both Echo and Noah, and the secondaries; Mrs Collins, Beth & Isaiah, Lila & Noah’s brothers. I found each character just flawed enough to grab your attention and make you relate. I also loved the romance, that new-crush-turned-serious feeling was re-imagined expertly.
McGarry manages to convey the character’s feelings and depth of pain perfectly, without making the book morbid or depressing.
“The worst type of crying wasn’t the kind everyone could see” … “the worst kind happened when your soul wept and no matter what you did, there was no way to comfort it. A section withered and became a scar on the part of your soul that survived. For people like me and Echo, our souls contained more scar tissue than life.”
One issue I did have – some of the minor characters’ attitudes –and changes in attitudes- (such as Grace & Mr. Emerson) just seemed OTT to me.
Buy it? I’ve already ordered it – for £4.26, I couldn’t resist!
In a nutshell: Great characters, romance & plot.