Monday, 14 January 2013 / 2 Comments

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The blurb:

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. 

The story:

"...growing up means making tough choices, and doing the right thing doesn't necessarily mean doing the thing that feels good."

Echo is damaged, physically and mentally. She has terrible scars on her arms that she tries to hide under gloves and long sleeves and everyone speculates about how she got them, including Echo. She has no memory of the night she was injured. Two years and a procession of therapists haven't been able to help so she doesn't see what the new school social worker, Mrs Collins, thinks she'll be able to do.

Noah had a loving family, once. Now he has a major attitude problem thanks to the screwed up foster care system that took him away from his younger brothers. He will do anything to get them back.

Echo is given the job of tutoring Noah in order to increase his grades and give him a shot at College. Rather inevitably they fall for each other, but more importantly, they help each other to discover the truth and find a way to maybe, one day, be happy.

The verdict:
I loved this book. Really and truly loved it. It reminded me of books that broke my heart as a teenager, books by Judy Blume and Cynthia Voight and John Marsden. McGarry gives us both Echo and Noah's viewpoints. This allows us to sympathise with each character in a way we couldn't if it was just Echo's story. It also creates greater depth. Noah's pain is different to Echo's, but no less important. I'm told that the portrayal of the foster care system is quite accurate. To think that there are thousands of real children going through what Noah has is terribly sad.

This is a romantic coming of age story for two young people faced with gritty reality. I really recommend reading it.

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  1. Nicole, thanks for linking this in to Books You Loved. Thank you too for following Carole's Chatter. I have followed you right back. Cheers

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  2. Nice review.....thanks for sharing.

    Nice blog too...great posts. NEW FOLLOWER.

    My featured book is SEVEN LOCKS.

    Stopping by from Carole's January Books I Loved. I am in that list as # 46.

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