Title: Pushing the Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Publisher: MiraInk (3rd August 2012)
THEY SAY BE A GOOD GIRL,
GET GOOD GRADES, BE POPULAR.
THEY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT ME.
I can’t remember the night that changed my life.
The night I went from popular to loner freak.
And my family are determined to keep it that way.
They said therapy was supposed to help.
They didn’t expect Noah.
Noah is the dangerous boy my parents warned
me about. But the only one who’ll listen.
The only one who’ll help me find the truth.
I know every kiss, every promise,
every touch is forbidden.
BUT WHAT IF FINDING YOUR DESTINY MEANS BREAKING ALL THE RULES?
Rating: ***** (5 stars)
Pushing the Limits is Katie McGarry’s debut novel. It tells the stories of Echo and Noah who are both going through difficult times in their lives when they collide.
Pushing the Limits is a really enjoyable, un-put-downable book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book from beginning to end, even when what I was read was difficult.
The narration of Pushing the Limits is split between Echo and Noah. I really liked the fact that McGarry did this, as it allows us to get close to both characters and to understand them. I think it really worked in terms of storytelling too, as it enabled the overall narrative to keep pushing forward.
Echo and Noah are awesome characters. I’d kind of like to know them in real life. Echo tries really hard. It scares her that she can’t remember what happened to her. The thought of remembering terrifies her too. When he first appears Noah is the ‘typical’ bad boy, and he’s content with that. Both Echo and Noah grow and change through the book. McGarry does a good job with the secondary cast, in particular with Echo and Noah’s close friends.
Pushing the Limits is about life and love and growing-up. There are some really beautiful moments within the narrative, and there are some really hard ones too. Echo and Noah both go on one heck of a journey. I really loved the way that McGarry ended this book.
Pushing the Limits is a really powerful and enjoyable read. If you are a fan of contemporary young adult, then this is a book you must pick up.