Saturday, 22 December 2012

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

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

Wow. Just wow. I was so blown away by this book, I can't even express it in words.

Before starting this book I was a little skeptical; YA romance, a dead ringer for insta love and whiny protagonists. It was only once I had finished the first chapter that I realsied Pushing the Limits was not so typical at all.

This book dealt with so many deep emotions and dark themes that is was the complete opposite of the lifeless contemporary I was expecting. Echo and Noah were so well developed that I found myself, at times, on the brink of tears or at others, laughing along with them, experiencing everything they did, caring about them more than I ever thought I would.

The romance was not too overbearing; it played a major part in the story, definitely, but the plot was still there, Echo's struggle to remember what had happened to her and Noah's fight for custody of his brothers tied in to everything else that happened throughout the book. I was kept reading to the end to find out what would happen to every single character, major or minor, so the author did a great job of really making me care about them all.

I also loved how Noah and Echo's relationship was realistic; it took a while for them to become something that could be called something, and I loved how Noah respected Echo for everything she chose to do - or not to do. At times, I didn't think they would last, at others I couldn't bear to think of them separated, and I was kept on the edge of my seat until the very last page to find out what would happen regarding their relationship.

Katie McGarry's fluent writing style just made the read all the better; I loved how she subtly intertwined hints of Greek mythology here and there and the alternating points of view flowed really well.

I was actually a little sad once I'd finished the book because I absolutely adored it! A sequel, following Beth, a friend of Noah's, is due to be published next year. It's safe to say that it is sitting right at the very top of my wishlist!

One of the best books I've read all year. 5/5 stars!

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