Book Review: Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry
Plot Summary (Taken from Amazon): 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.
But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common.
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.
My Review: One of the best things about this book is how the author weaves in many different issues including foster homes, mental illness, repressed memories, abuse, and death. Without these issues, the main characters would have been cardboard cutouts and impossible to care for. In addition, all of these issues were realistically portrayed.
Another thing that was great about the book was its main characters and some of its supporting characters. Echo and Noah seem like clichés but they aren’t. Echo is very damaged emotionally and physically, but she is also talented and funny. Watching her grow into a resilient, assertive, and sympathetic person is poignant. Noah is also very damaged, but also caring and protective. When it came to Echo, he was also respectable.
Meanwhile, the best supporting character was Noah’s guy friend Isaiah. He was an honest and funny guy. The most surprising supporting characters were Echo’s parents, Noah’s family, and some of Echo’s friends. The surprises with these characters were shocking, sad, and touching.
Besides the issues and characters, the romance was very well done. It is very slow and realistic. When it finally does happen, it turns sexy, but also responsible, respectable, and poignant.
The only flaw in this book was the profanity, which was a bit too much at times.
Overall, this book was great. If you like The Sea of Tranquility or edgy contemporary romance, then read this book.