15 May 2012

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (Review + Giveaway)

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Contemporary Romance.
Publication : July 31st 2012 by Harlequin Teen.
"I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise."
Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins?
His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms.
"You didn’t do that—did you? It was done to you?"

No one ever asked that question.
They stared.
They whispered.
They laughed.
But they never asked.

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 smokinghot, 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.



I have been dying to read Katie McGarry's Pushing The Limits ever since I found it on Goodreads after hearing about it from a friend a few months ago. I mean, look at that cover! HOT.

Noah and Echo are two teenagers from extreme ends. Echo is a straight edge student who's constantly working hard to please her father and Noah's a rough kid who has just jumped from one foster care to another over the years. Their lives are poles apart and yet they have more in common than anyone could ever guess - a dark past.

For the most part, this book was amazing - the writing, characters, story - everything about it was awesome. The synopsis makes the book sound like typical young adult contemporary novel with a deep plot when really, this is one of the most unique young adult contemporary books I've ever read.

Not a lot of female authors can pull of a romance novel with the male point of view being just as good as the female's but McGarry has done it. I loved being in Noah's head and the same goes for Echo; they're both fantastic characters with sizzling chemistry and just suck you in right from the very beginning. Katie McGarry's writing is intense and completely addictive.

There were times when I got annoyed but not enough for me to get mad at the book.
Some of the supporting characters - Luke and Grace - were frustrating while others were fun to read about and they made up for the former. I did, however, feel that every once in awhile the chapters lacked a smooth transition and the shift between them seemed a little abrupt/bumpy but that might just be me.

Despite the little flaws, I stick to my first thoughts. Pushing The Limits is fierce, magnetic and impossible to put down!




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54 comments:

  1. I haven't heard of this book before and now that I've read the story I'm dying to read it!!!
    Thanks for the international giveaway.
    Kristia

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  2. I can't wait to read this book!!

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  3. thank so SO much for the giveway. Summary is great cover is gorgeous it has the whole package! July seems so far for the release =( thank you =)

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  4. Loved you review & now I want to read it even more!

    Some of my favorites are Geek Girl by Carly C. Bennett, Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott, Graffiti Moon, Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, Anna and the French Kiss...

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. LOL, I meant Cindy C. Bennett, not Carly, sorry :) and I remembered another one: Two-way Street by Lauren Barnholdt & anything from Maureen Johnson.

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  5. I'm super excited to read this book! I have so many contemporary favorites. Anything by Lauren Barnholdt and Cindy C. Bennett makes me smile.

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  6. This book sounds reeeally good! I had never heard of it before, but now I'm excited to read it!
    Hum... as for my fav YA contemporary, I think its Forbidden, by Tabitha Suzuma. Its a romance between borther and sister and you just can't stop crying!

    Penny Pe

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  7. Don't read much of contemporary books, but like Luisa here, I also would like to recommend Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, sure its a taboo subject but it gives off a lot of emotions, you'll enjoy it.

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  8. I have been dying to read Pushing the limits I mean how could you not just by looking at the cover alone. Some YA contemp I love are Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the boy next door and What a boy wants, The Fault in our Stars (ultimate favorite) and The probability of love at first sight. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. I cannot wait for this one! One of my most anticipated reads for the summer. I think my favorite contemp is The Fault in Our Stars, but I also really enjoy Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door as well as Kody Keplinger's books, the DUFF and Shut Out. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  10. This sounds pretty amazing. It's mysterious in a way! Oh. Try reading Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. It's really YA Romance Contemporary. ;)

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  11. This book sounds pretty interesting. I hadn't heard of it before now.
    I can't really recommend any YA Contemporary Romance as I really haven't read a lot of it. And what I have read so far is not really memorable.

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  12. This book sounds amazing! My first YA contemporary romance is probably... Where She Went by Gayle Forman, as I just finished reading it a couple of days and I really like the ending.

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  13. Sounds pretty good, though I'm not too hot on the characters' names. :P I LOVE YA contemporary. Just to name a few authors... Stephanie Perkins, Gayle Forman, Tara Kelly, Kirsten Hubbard, Jandy Nelson, Sarah Dessen, Laura Buzo, Holly Cupala, Jay Asher (13RW!)... There are SO many great ones out there, many new authors I wish to try out someday. Like Melina Marchetta, for one, though she's been around for a while and she gets recommended left and right. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. How excited am I for this? SUPER EXCITED!!!! Gah! I want it SO BAD! Lol. My all time YA contemp romance would probably be one of Simone Elkeles books. She make the best YA Contemporaries. I love her Perfect Chemistry series. If you haven't check it out, you should! :D

    Thanks for this AWESOME giveaway! :D

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  15. My favorite contemporary is The DUFF. And I am so excited for this one!!!

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  16. Wow sounds really good. Super excited to read. Two way street by barnholt or shut out by keplinger

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  17. I haven't heard of it but I love Contemporary Romance books. Loved Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard.

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  18. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    I love this contemporary because you get the guy's POV, so rare in contemporary!

    My favorite contemporary is Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park. It's got incredible characters, a lot of heart and a bit of mystery with a family tragedy, excellent dialogue and a lot of humor. I read it ages ago and I still think about it! It gets a million stars from me:)

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  19. This is one that is new for me but it's definitely going on my wishlist.

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  20. I'm so excited for this book!!! I'm in a major contemp kick right now. My favorite contemp romance has to be Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  21. I'm so excited to read this book! This book seem to be an INTENSE read and I'm addicted to those! Thanks for the giveaway! I hope I win this one!

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  22. Thanks for the great giveaway! I just finished Graffiti Moon and thought it was an amazing book. For something a little more fluffy, but also good, I really liked Lola and the Boy Next Door. I thought it was better than Anna and The French Kiss. Enjoy!

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  23. My favourite at the moment is Tempting the Best Man by J. Lynn. Thanks a lot for the international giveaway!

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  24. The book looks good so I'm really excited about it. :)

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  25. This book looks great!! Would love to win it!!
    My favorite contemporary romance has got to be Anna and the French kiss!

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  26. this book looks so amazing.. Wish I can win this..
    May fave is Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles ..

    Thank's for this giveaway.. and making it International.. ^^

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  27. I haven't heard of this book before but it seems interesting!! :)

    My favourite is Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. :)

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  28. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour, The Catastrophic History of You and Me (swoon!), The Summer I Turned Pretty and Perfect Chemistry are just a few of my favorites!

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  29. I really LOVED Sophie and Carter by Chelsea Fine. It's not really long more like a novella but it pulls at your heart and really makes you feel for the characters.
    Thank you so much for the giveaway.

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  30. my favorite contemporary is Where She Went.
    thanks for the giveaway

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  31. I'm really excited to read this book because it seems fun! One of my favorites is Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley! I just miss Ed and Lucy!

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  32. Thanks for the giveaway! Don't ask me for reccommondations, because I live in the Netherlands. So I always have to wait for the English books translated in Dutch (and that takes often a while).

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  33. Really excited ;D I'm now reading Familiar Ties by Naya Nikki. Not so YA but clear and cute! :D

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  34. My favourite contemporary? Hmmm....Saving June by Hannah Harrington; this one is really good if you like the road trip with a boy kinda story. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler; really cute! It's a very heartbreaking story.

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  35. I love loads of contemporary romances, but one I think deserves a lot more attention is When the Stars Go Blue by Caridad Ferrer - that book is amazing!

    Thanks for the great giveaway :)

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  36. This is on my TBR. I cant wait for it.

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  37. Loved you review and now I want to read more!
    Thanks for giveaway and making international :)

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  38. I've heard a lot about this book and can't wait to read it. I liked your review as well, it just made me more excited to read it.
    A YA Contemporary book I would recommend would most likely be anything by Sarah Dessen. I absolutely love her and ALL of her books. They are great. My favs (in no particular order) are Dreamland, Truth About Forever, This Lullaby, Lock and Key, Just Listen, and basically all of her other books. I can't just choose one favorite, I loved them all! :)

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  39. I'm pretty excited to read this one because the blurb sounds delicious :D I'm afraid I'm new to YA Contemporary genre so I can't give you any suggestions :(

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  40. Really looking forward to reading this book.
    My favorite YA contemporary novel is Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I also really love books by John Green. :)

    - Noely Jeleen

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  41. Definitely Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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  42. I just saw this book recently but as soon as I did I wanted to read it and then share it with my daughter. She has just recently discovered a love of reading and it is fun to share books with her!

    Thanks for the chance!

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  43. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles is my all time favorite YA romance, Jennifer Echols books and Graffiti Moon also rock!

    Racquel @ The Book Barbies♥

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  44. I am so excited because youn said you really like it! <3

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  45. Sounds awesome! As for YA contemporary:the statistical probability of love at first sight, anything by Sarah Dessen, Lauri HAlse Handerson e Simone elkes

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  46. This book sounds great. Super excited to read it :D Glad you enjoyed it. I haven't read too many, but I think one of my favourite YA contemporary romances is Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Adore it!

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  47. I really want to read this book, SO BAD. xD I mean its really interesting and I don't want to miss any book that offers that kind of thing. Anyway, I would like to recommend either Geek Girl by Cindy Bennett or Just one Wish by Janette Rallison. They're both great and adorable contemporary books.

    -Riz B.

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  48. Ahhh this book sounds AMAZING. I can't wait to read it! All the reviews I've read about it say that it's flawless and amazing and Noah is TO DIE FOR. *swoons*

    Hmmm. I recently read Anna and the French Kiss (HOW DID I TAKE SO LONG?) and absolutely ADORED it. <3

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  49. I'm so excited about this one! I'd recommend any books by Melina Marchetta, Stephanie Perkins, and Rebecca Donovan. :)

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  50. I think Tempting the best man by J. Lynn...

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  51. I can't wait to read this book. I'm getting it soon and am so excited to read it :)) Love your review :D

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  52. Great review! I really cannot wait to read this book!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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  53. Loved your review… So spot on… This book really is amazing and a joy to own.

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