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Monday, 23 July 2012

Review: Pushing the Limits

Author: Katie McGarry

Release date: 6th August 2012
Genre: Contemporary YA Romance
Target audience: 12+
UK Publisher: Mira Ink


Pushing the Limits is a sizzling, sweet and thrilling novel. It’s a contemporary romance told from a split perspective. It has everything you could possibly want in a good book. I promise you that.

Echo has repressed a memory. Trying to recover it has taken her to the edge of sanity. But now she’s back at school in her Senior year and trying to move beyond it. She’s seeing a clinical social worker who promises therapy will help. But Echo isn’t sure she’s strong enough to remember. If she could have her way, she’d turn back the clock and be the person she was before. No more scars to hide. No more being the school freak show. Echo is letting her dad control her life. She studying her business classes and being a model student. But however hard she tries to be normal, she just doesn’t fit back into her old life. Seeing Mrs. Collins in therapy is awakening her memory. Is Echo strong enough to make it through?

Noah has a reputation for being a bad boy, a stoner and an unstable, violent boy. He’s been moved from foster home to foster home since he punched his first foster father in the face. Noah wants one thing – to be reunited with his two younger brothers and be their guardian. But the system doesn’t believe in Noah. He can only have supervised visitation. There is one person who does believe in Noah – Mrs. Collins. She is determined to help Noah. And though he doesn’t trust her, he’ll still have to sit through therapy if he wants any chance of being in his brothers’ lives.

Echo and Noah meet outside Mrs. Collins office and at first they can’t stand each other. They have preconceived ideas about each other. But as fate throws them together, they find they have a connection. But are they brave enough to let each other in? Can a broken person ever be healed?

Reading this book was an absolute joy. I didn’t want to go to work. I didn’t want to go to sleep. I just wanted to keep reading which just goes to show the depth and skill of Kate McGarry’s characterisation. It mattered to me that Echo found out the truth about the attack but also came to terms with it. It mattered to me that Noah was transformed into a responsible adult and that he was given the respect he deserves. He was such a hero. When I thought all hope was lost, I was crying. When they were getting to know each other, I was smiling, laughing and loving every moment. This is what makes Pushing the Limits a great book. You feel like you are part of the story and you never want it to end.

Pushing the Limits is one of those books where you don’t know what to read next because it will never match up to how much you loved this one. So so good. If you like stories about less than perfect people who can transform each other, you’ll love this. I did.

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Source: Proof copy sent by Mira Ink. (Thank you so much)


Bookworm1858 said...

I've seen a lot of people compare this to Perfect Chemistry, which makes me wonder if I should give that a read too since I enjoyed Pushing the Limits a lot.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I adored this as well - one of my favourites of the year so far.