Review – Pushing the Limits

Posted May 16, 2014 by Emily in review / 1 Comment

Review – Pushing the Limits
TITLE: Pushing the Limits
AUTHOR: Katie McGarry
SERIES: Pushing the Limits #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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RATING: 4.5 Stars

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.


When I first heard about Pushing the Limits, I incorrectly assumed it was your typical book about a good girl who falls in love with a bad boy. Boy, was I wrong.

The characters of Pushing the Limits were very 3D and well written. With every page, I learned a bit more about them and got a better understanding of what makes them tick and why they act a certain way. Even though I’ve never experienced anything quite like Noah or Echo did, I still found myself able to connect to them. Both of them are teenagers that are struggling to find themselves – the real them, and decide what they truly want.

The plot had more twists than I expected. I flew through this book really really fast. I could not wait to see what would happen next. There’s an intriguing mystery behind both of their backgrounds that I was really eager to discover. To be honest, I was very pleasantly surprised when it was all revealed – I didn’t see any of it coming! The one thing that kind of bothered me a little about this book is that it is a bit stereotypical. Besides the plot twists, it was still kind of easy to predict what would happen next.

The one thing I guessed correctly about this book is the romance that takes place, but I was wrong on the type. I thought it would be a bit more heated, but it was really cute and it felt… right. View Spoiler »

In Conclusion…

I really enjoyed reading Pushing the Limits. It surprised me in a lot of good ways. I loved the well written and developed characters as well as the mystery behind their backstories and the romance. I just wish that was less predictable. I would recommend Pushing the Limits to anyone who enjoyed reading Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles.

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Overall: 4.3

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