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Pushing the Limits

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Pushing the Limits

The eponymous first novel in the Pushing the Limits series by Katie McGarry stars Echo Emerson and Noah Hutchins. We are first introduced to Echo in the midst of a counseling session with her selfish father and spiteful stepmother. Echo has experienced something so distressing that even she cannot remember it, although the scars that encircle her arms prove it happened. Due to the event that caused her strange scars, she has gone from popular girl with a jock boyfriend to criticized outcast. 
 
We then meet Noah, the common bad boy, who has a lot simmering under his cool, distant exterior. Since his parents’ recent deaths in a fire, he has been in foster care and only wants to keep his two younger brothers safe and sound.
 
[PUSHING THE LIMITS] was not a mere romance, but enveloped a eclectic assortment of weighty topics ranging from foster children…to finding the courage to do what is needed for the good of all.
 
These two drastically different characters, each with their own traumatizing pasts, somehow battle through all the pain and impediments set before them and find love and solace in each other.
 
Overall, I truly loved this book. It was not a mere romance, but enveloped a eclectic assortment of weighty topics ranging from foster children and the process they must undergo, to the lack of or complete absence of parents, to unearthing oneself, to finding the courage to do what is needed for the good of all. It was well written and was a great way to lead on to the next novel in the series, DARE YOU TO, which features the character Beth. I would recommend this to anyone desiring a book with some serious topics, realistic fiction with a meaningful plot and characters, a heartfelt romance and a gratified and true-to-life ending. 

Reviewed by Sara J., Teen Board Member on May 29, 2014

Pushing the Limits
by Katie McGarry

  • Publication Date: April 30, 2013
  • Genres: Romance, Young Adult 14+
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen
  • ISBN-10: 0373210868
  • ISBN-13: 9780373210862