‘Pushing the Limits’ by Kate McGarry – Book Review

My Rating:

Synopsis (From Goodreads) :  Links to this book on Amazon and Goodreads

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.

My Review!

Pushing the Limits was brilliant! I thought it was a little bit too similar to ‘Perfect chemistry’ at first but, even though the general story-line was; bad boy meets good girl at school, good girl has family problems, bad boy has had bad things happen to his family, the couple decide to part, finally get back together again.

Another similarity is that the author gave Echo and Noah their own chapter. Just like Brittney and Alex in Perfect Chemistry.

In fact, these two books were so alike that I almost marked this book down. But I didn’t! Why didn’t I? Because this book has its own element of a heart wrenching story.

Pushing the Limits wasn’t based on a high school fling. Neither was Perfect Chemistry, but thats another story!

I’m going to list some of the ‘problems’ that these characters faced in the book. Don’t read for spoilers!

Noah, the bad boy. I always love the bad boy! Why? I really don’t know! Probably the tattoos. Noah wasn’t just a bad boy, his parents had died in a house fire two years before, and left him and his two younger brothers in a foster home. Noah got sent around the homes because he got into fights, trying to protect his brothers. It turns out, that his brothers get accepted into one family while Noah has to make do with foster parents that really don’t care about him.

Noah hates the fact that his brothers foster parents took away the last of his family, he wants them all to be together. And he hates it that, Carrie and Joe have asked the boys to call them Mom and Dad.

When I read books with adoption/ fostering in them, I just want to cry and cry! But I don’t. I finish the book.

Echo also has trouble with her family. Her dad remarried after her Mom went a bit psycho (read the book! You’ll find out!) and how his new wife is pregnant. Her dad never understands her, and Ashley (the new Mom) is a bit of an air head. Echo’s brother also died. He was a Marine (fighting a war), and before he left, he was working on a car. Echo tries to get it fixed. (Again – Read the book to find out!)

This isn’t just centered around teenage problems, Noah wants to keep his family together but what can a high school guy do?

The ending was really nice and not over the top 🙂

Want to read the next book in the series but hope it’s not too much like Pushing the Limits story line.

I read the ARC version of this book, so if there are any major changes in the final printed version, I will purchase the book and correct any mistakes 🙂 I’ll probably get the book anyway.

Star 😛  @StarNobleWrites

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