Monday, June 24, 2013

Katie McGarry's "Pushing the Limits"

Because sometimes I accidentally read out of order, I read and reviewed Katie McGarry's book "Dare You To" (#2 in the series) before I read "Pushing the Limits" (#1). Whoops. 

I started reading "Pushing the Limits" yesterday and finished it today - the last few books I've read have been, thankfully, easy, entertaining reads (this streak was broken today with a book I knew wasn't for me within 20 pages). 

From 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.
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.

So this book features Noah and Echo, and #2 features Beth (Noah's female friend who is like a sister to him) and Ryan. #1.5 features Echo's best friend, Lila. #3 features Beth's best friend, Isaiah. I love series like this with connected characters because you get to see more of their world, and how they interact with each other. Argh! Why do I have to wait until November 26th to read Isaiah's story? I don't know. 

Katie seems to have this story down - "bad" kid meets "good kid," one of the protagonists lives with their father, has a deeply flawed mother, the 2 protagonists are all wrong for each other but want each other - but she does it well and I will read all the books! (I'm anxiously awaiting #3, "Crash Into You," and I'll be buying #1.5, "Crossing the Line" any day now.) Also, this is one of 2 ARCs I've read so far where I want to buy the book, even though I have a digital copy (the other one is Sarah McCarry's "All Our Pretty Songs," and it's a weird coincidence that McGarry and McCarry are practically the same name and I want to buy both their books!).

In parting, here is my favorite quote from the book.

"There's nothing you can do wrong when just breathing makes everything right."


  1. dying for Crash Into You -- you and me both!! holy crap these books are good!!! <3 <3 <3 I am gunna read the novella tonight. It was the first thing I downloaded when I got my Kindle. haha

  2. I know authors don't have control of their covers, but again, this one bugs me. That guy does not look like how I picture Noah looking. I mean he might match the physical description in the book (I don't remember it), but he still doesn't seem right to me.

    I still need to read Dare You To!

  3. Betty - The CIY cover!!! They are great - when I first read the description I wasn't so impressed, but they totally deliver awesomeness.

    Becca - his hair is supposed to be floppy and in his eyes! That description carries through from PTL to DYT.