Pushing The LimitsAuthor: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: July 31, 2012
Source: Galley from NetGalley/Publisher
"I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise." Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.
"An edgy romance that pulls you in and never lets go. I was hooked!"-Gena Showalter, New York Times bestselling author of the Intertwined series
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.
Review: I loved loved loved this book! I had heard from so many people that this book is fantastic so I knew I had to push reading my galley of it up a few weeks. Where do I start??? I really felt for both Echo and Noah. They both had to deal with some really devastating events in their life. I felt so bad for all the drama they both had to deal with, both outside of school and inside. Both had issues to overcome, Noah, getting himself in line to be able to be a guardian for his brothers and so the state wouldn't see him as emotionally unstable; and Echo, she starts having flashes of what happened to her that night, not to mention she had to deal with her dad and step-mom which put way too much pressure on her and kept trying to control her. Echo especially really had to deal with a lot and I just felt so bad for her at times. Despite the fact that Noah and Echo's friendship got off to a bad start I liked him more than any of her friends because he listened to her and was there for her when she really needed it, her friends just kept pressuring her to be like she was before and get over her problems. It really pissed me off that her friends could be so inconsiderate to her. Even Noah's friends were more considerate of his problems. I even liked the dang counselor more than I liked Echo's friends most of the time. At least the counselor was there when Echo needed to talk and Noah wasn't available and the counselor was also trying to help her deal with her problems. I liked her a lot.
Ok, I have to talk about Noah and Echo. I loved this thing they had going on even before they got together. I mean, Noah wasn't the "boyfriend" type at all and then suddenly he legitimately starts falling for Echo. And Echo, she tried not to let herself like him but she couldn't help it. He was there for her, and she couldn't stop thinking about him just like her couldn't stop thinking about her. And even when she tried to be with Luke again she just knew inside her she wanted Noah instead of him. I loved when they finally realized everything and they got together. I also loved how he supported her in everything, including fixing her brothers car which meant a lot to Echo. I also loved how protective he was over her, and he was also ten times more considerate of her feelings most of the time than Luke ever was and that got him brownie points with me. I also loved how being with each other also seemed to make their problems a little more bearable for the both of them. I was really happy with the ending of the book, even though Noah made a tough decision. The best decisions were made for both Noah and Echo and I'm happy about that!