Author: Katie McGarry
Published: 1st June, 2012
Series: Pushing the Limits #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance, YA
My rating: 4 thumbs up!
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 did things the Brea way, and read Crash Into You first. So I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read Noah and Echo’s story. Overall I wasn’t disappointed, though I didn’t like it as much as Isiah’s story. Maybe it’s ‘cause he was my first (see what I did there? *winky face*). But anyway, I still loved the story for the same reasons – excellent character development, story line, using the plot as a driving force, ect.
Again, McGarry has blew me away with her excellent use of multiple narrative. The voices are always distinctive. Actually I think if all the characters had their own voice we could still tell the difference. She is that good at keeping them separate from each other. Other aspects of the narrative I loved was the pace – maybe a bit fast, but still able to read easily, and how the characters are developed without telling us a thing. For example, Echo never had to say she has a knack for art. She never had to say “It’s the only thing I’m good at” or “this is how I express myself”. We just know through showing and her personality. Also because most of her memories come back though visual incentives. Everything about her screams “artsy”!
Echo is greatly developed in this, and I just love that we know her story (I had quite a few questions after Crash Into You). However, I don’t feel as though I have Noah worked out yet. Nothing really happens for him until the end, and by then we don’t have enough time to grasp the change (in my opinion), and I never once got the bad guy vibe from him, even though that’s how he is portrayed in the beginning. For him, I just feel as though there is something missing – like he was so love struck for the majority of the book for me to grasp what he was really like.
Another negative I have is that the book appears to be separated into two parts – before Echo and Noah got together and after Echo and Noah got together. It was really disorientating when I realized I still had half the book to go. Another problem I had was that towards the end, to many things were happening at once and it was jumping time. I was confused for a while there.
I liked that in this book, there was a plot that helped to pull it, but I feel that this was better done in Crash Into You (proving that Katie has grown in her writing abilities). In Pushing The Limits, it feels as though the major thing bringing the characters together was more of a side plot to come back to than something to urge onwards.
Despite the few problem I found, I still had an extreme emotional response to Pushing The Limits. The end suited the story perfectly, and (spoiler alert) I love how Noah finds himself a family. That bit made me tear up (a lot). And after seeing Beth go from wild tigress to domestic cat, I have to see what made that change come about. Come at me Dare You Too!