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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry Review and Giveaway

Pushing The Limits

by Katie McGarry
Goodreads Summary:

"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.

 Oh, you're gonna want this one, today! The romance is amazing, the suffering is heartbreaking and the characters are amazing. Let's take things slow. First the romance, a somewhat scandalous romance between bad-boy Noah and used to be popular Echo. How did that happen? Mutual need for information that turned into something more. But then there's Noah's understanding of Echo's situation. They are both broken, almost beyond repair. But somehow, they came into each other's lives. And like it or not, they have something between them.

The suffering, they have both experienced great loss. Echo has lost her family in a different way than Noah, but Noah, Oh God, Noah! He's trying to be so strong and keep things together and he has dreams for his life but he can't have them and be who he thinks he's supposed to be. When his full story finally comes out, get your tissues out. I have never wanted to reach through a book more and let a character cry on my shoulder than I did Noah. He cried and I was okay with that. I didn't think any less of him for it because anyone in his situation would do the same way before he did. I didn't have quite as much sympathy for Echo only because she was constantly whining about her stepmother. Granted that stepmother used to be her babysitter, but it got just a bit old. I did think she was in a tough spot though. And her losses were no less than Noah's just different.

 So there is Noah and Echo telling the story, which I love! But the side characters are so great and you can see how they add to  Noah's and Echo's lives either making it harder or easier. Lila was Echo's friend before and after that night. Lila is the kind of friend you want to have your back. She doesn't care about popularity or the risks of dating someone unpopular, she cares about Echo. She knows that Echo is not a self injurer like the rumors say, that she isn't a freak and she pulls her over to their old table where the cheerleaders sit, where Grace sits, the one who cares how it looks even if they used to be bffs. Then Noah has his own little crew, Isaiah and Beth, they are his little family in foster care. They all look out for each other. They contribute to Noah's bad reputation but they are all making the best of a bad situation.

Can I just say that I couldn't turn the pages fast enough on this one to see how it ended? I saw no way for a happy ending for anyone. Not with what Noah wanted and what Echo needed. Katie McGarry knows how to deliver a deeply emotional novel with characters that will leave you thinking about them long after you've closed the book. I've been thinking about this novel for a few weeks now. I wanted to write a worthy review. I think I felt every emotion I could reading this novel. I've never pulled for two characters more than these two. I was so divested in the outcome...that's all I can say.

 There is a sneak preview of Katie McGarry's next novel in the back of this novel and I hope she can deliver the same caliber of novel as this one. I'm sure it will be in a top ten of mine this year. So did I make you want to read it? Do you want to know what they lost? What would make bad boy Noah Hutchins cry? Why would Miss Popularity's life change overnight? Don't skip this one. It lives up to the hype and then some!

Here is the trailer for the book just to tempt you even more!!





And for the giveaway! We have Karen at Media Masters Publicity for the Hardback copy of Pushing the Limits today! YAY! for Karen! And for Harlequin Teen!!


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40 comments:

  1. I loved this one too! And yeah, Echo whined about her stepmom a lot but as I got to know her and find out more I was kind of ok with it.
    So glad you enjoyed!

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    1. I should have said I got okay with it because I did. She got to be kind of funny about it. Just in the beginning when you didn't know the story it got old.
      But the whole story was perfect.

      Heather

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  2. This sounds so good and I love the cover!

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    1. The U.S. cover is perfect, but the UK cover doesn't make sense. The whole book mentions Echo's red curls and on the UK cover Echo has stick straight hair. Don't these designers read the books? I'd pay more for the US cover!

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  3. I'm so excited about this one!

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  4. This was definitely an emotional one! Noah's story affected me the most. Great review and thanks for the giveaway! :)

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    1. Noah got to me more, too. I cried like a baby. It's what finally broke the dam I was holding back. My poor family had to check on me. I just held up the book and they left me and Noah alone. LOL

      Heather

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  5. I want to read this book so bad! It sounds fabulous. Thanks for the wonderful review.

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  6. Love your review! I'm getting the tissues ready! I'm a crier, so I'm getting prepared. Haha! You know how much I want to read this one! :-)

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    1. I know! I'm glad you have the tissues ready. I know you don't read many contemps, but this is one that you just can't miss!

      Heather

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    2. I'm reading more contemporary books now than I used to. I'm really enjoying them! :-)

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  7. NOAH! Oh beautiful, damaged, tortured boy! I am soo HAPPY you loved this one!! You are right, it really and truly lives up to it's hype!!!

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    1. It was YOUR hype it had to live up to! And it definitely did! Thanks for making me want to read it!

      Heather

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  8. I'm really looking forward to this book. It sounds intense.

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  9. You definitely pulled off the worthy review. You're right, the characters stay with you long after the story is over.

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    1. Missie-

      That means a lot coming from you. Thank you! It took me almost two weeks of thinking about it to be able to put one together. I think this is one of those unforgettable books.

      Heather

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  10. I loved this one too! AND I don't read much contemp YA! I know what you mean about Echo whining about her stepmother, but it did make sense in a way. She also made me put down the book a time or two for a tear especially when she was dealing with her brother's death. So sad.

    Great review!!

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    1. Thank you! Noah got to me more. Especially there towards the end. I think because he hid that part so well and it was so unexpected. The emotions in this are so well written. Tissues are needed. I definitely kept thinking of Echo's brother. I hate this war!

      Heather

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  11. I so cannot wait to get my hands on this book! Thanks for the giveaway and great review.

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  12. This book sounds like a great one.

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  13. thank you soo much for this giveaway!

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  14. What a great review, Heather! I'm only 100 pgs into the story but you make me want to drop everything and pick this one up again. I really like how the characters have additional layers and deal with real problems like some teens. I'm really curious about Echo's hidden memory and her real mom. Can't wait to pick this one up again!

    p.s. As for the Graceling books, yes, each book focuses on a new kingdom. Each book can be read as a standalone but I think after you read one you want to read the other.

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    1. Yes, Rummanah, I agree. These characters have so many layers to them and its really not until late in the book that you get to who they really are. Really late so I say, READ! You will be blown away by what's really hiding underneath all those layers, again, especially with Noah.

      As far as the Graceling books, I think I'm gonna go for it and read them in order. I need to see if you've read any of Melina Marchetta's Fantasies. See what you thought. You have a very practical way of seeing things and I loved your Bitterblue review today!

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  15. This is just going to have to go to the top of the TBR pile!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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  16. Therapy never helps - at least not me. I really want to read the book now after seeing your review.

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    1. Oh therapy has helped me immensely. I've had a few different ones, all very unique in their approach, but it's always been helpful. Writing is also a good form of therapy. So is reading. Email me if you want.

      Heather

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  17. I really loved the supporting characters and the snippet of Beth's book left me wanting more!

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  18. I want to read this sooooo bad. It is on my wish list right now. I've been hearing such good things about it and really want to get my hands on it! Thanks for the review :)

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  19. I hear so many good things about this one, I can't wait to read it. By birthday is coming up though so hopefully I'll get some book money!

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  20. I read some reviews from other blogs about this book & they basically showered it with praise. I immediately put this book on my TBR list, but then again, I don't know when I would be able to read it. I haven't been able to go to the bookstore for awhile, but thanks for the giveaway!

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  21. This book is really, really interesting. It made me want to cry a few times. I was pulled in the story from the first pages already, I was reading it till 6am :D 5 stars

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  22. I've been seeing this book everywhere so I know it is a must read. Plus the cover is hot :)

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  23. you have no idea HOW BAD I want to read this book! Seriously, It is number 1 on my wishlist!

    thanks so much for the chance to win it

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  24. I have read great reviews about this book and I would love to read this book.

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  25. This looks like a great book. Will have to put it in my TBR pile.
    tinyauthor(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. I've heard awesome things about this series. As well as the 2nd book. Somehow, it reminds me a bit of Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. (Ohh, I really loved that series! I can read it over and over again). I hope this series can make me feel the same way!
    Thank you for the review! It's great, makes me want to read it sooon! ;)
    sabrinafitria(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. It's a lot like the Perfect Chemistry series in some ways, but I don't know, they don't feel similar to me. I loved that series too! But Katie McGarry pushes the envelope a little more. Well a lot more. There's a lot more romance in it. I think Perfect Chemistry has a good balance of conflict and romance.

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