Mar 10, 2014

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry ~ Review

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The reason I started this blog was so I could shout it from the rooftops when I found new books and authors that I love.  Well, Katie McGarry is my latest find and I cannot get enough of her books.  Her writing style is amazing and reading her books are like a cool glass of water on a scorching hot day.  I love them so much!  So, without further ado, here is my review of her first novel, Pushing the Limits. 

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)
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.

But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common.

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.

Right around Christmas I was in the worst reading slump I had been in for months.  I just needed something. A book that was well written, intriguing, full of characters that were real and I found it in Pushing the Limits. 

Katie McGarry's writing is flawless.  I could read her books back to back and I pretty much did. She knows how to build a story and weave characters that you care about.  I loved the way Pushing the Limits unfolded. There were a lot of unanswered questions surrounding both Echo and Noah.  They have very different lives but end up being just what each other needs to try and break free of the things they each need to resolve. They weren't a case of insta-love or even insta-trust which made them so realistic to me.  I liked this factor because I have a very hard time trusting people and letting them into my life.  I don't think you can love someone that you don't trust and that was something they both needed to do first before they let themselves truly open up to each other.  

Echo's family is totally messed up, proving that you never know what goes on behind closed doors and just because they may look like they have everything on the outside, that isn't necessarily the case on the inside. Noah comes from a rough family background that leads him into foster care.  He has a life I can't imagine but one that I could see thanks to Katie's wonderful writing.  I love books that make me feel like I'm living within the characters and that was definitely the case with this book.

Pushing the limits is a perfect YA novel.  It has fantastic characters, story, love, unanswered questions (that are eventually resolved) and I would recommend it to absolutely everyone.    


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Pushing the Limits
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1 comment:

  1. Shooooot *snaps fingers* I missed the giveaway! :( Hehe, Pushing the Limits has been on my tbr list since forever (or that's how it feels like). I want to read it, and the rest of Katie McGarry's books, because they seem like the perfect reads to get immersed in. I like it when the storylines and the characters are realistic, when they slowly build up trust towards each other and when they set aside their differences even if it's hard to do at first. Just like in real life <3 So glad you enjoyed this book Kristalyn! :)