Author: Katie McGarry
Publication date: 24th July 2012
My rating: 3.5 stars
"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 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.
I can never get enough of reading stories about two characters who are complete opposites falling for one another. I think that’s what drew me to Pushing the Limits in the first place. Noah the guy at school with the reputation of a stoner, having several one night stands, and is known for being trouble. Then there’s Echo, the one popular girl that had it all; part of the popular crowd, had the perfect all star boyfriend, but when everything came tumbling around her, she isolated herself from everyone despite all her friends trying to encourage her to be part of them once more.
Both Echo and Noah had so many problems to get through, Noah trying to get custody of his younger brothers and Echo being unable to remember what happened that unfortunate night with her mother. I was compelled into reading to find out how their journey would end, would they end up finally being able to resolve the issues that had been tormenting them for the last few years? And having a happy ending they deserve?
I liked how despite several differences Noah and Echo were like the perfect fit; they both had secrets and were just broken from the amount of heartache they had experienced. However they were the only ones that could understand where the other one was coming from.
Noah became a character I quickly fell for, I loved seeing his cocky, arrogant side, but also his softer loving side, which he saved just around Echo, and at times he just made me melt.
There are however always some characters you come across which will forever grate on you, these characters unfortunately in this book were Echo’s dad and step mum Ashley. Echo’s dad was always controlling and overbearing thinking he knew best. Ashley on the other hand comes across as always wanting to be centre of attention. Seriously why do they always have sucky parents in YA books these days? However there were some characters which made up for this disappointing pair and who I ended up adoring; Isaiah and Mrs Collins. Mrs Collins; Echo and Noah’s social worker was a total hoot at times, I actually forgot what she was there for because her role blurred across so many boundaries, she was the rock that both of them needed in their lives to uncover underlying problems and put them in the right direction. Isaiah, Noah’s friend was also a barrel of laughs, everyone assumed because of the way he looked, his tattoos and piercings he would be rough and have such an attitude, but he was the complete opposite, I would have loved to have got to know his character more.
There were however a few minor issues which bugged me, Noah quickly began to remind me of the Fuentes brothers more specifically Alex (who even though would always remain my absolute favourite) kind of peeved me off eventually. Also some of the decisions Echo made also made me knock off a star from my overall rating.
However despite these minor irks I did enjoy Pushing the Limits, it was a heartbreaking read, and the fact that I was eager to discover just how everything would end up for Noah and Echo, it certainly kept me captivated.
Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin for the opportunity to read this book.