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Pushing the Limits (Harlequin Teen)

Pushing the Limits - Katie McGarry What can I say about this fabulous book? I’m not gonna lie. I wanted to read this book because of the cover. Did you see it? He’s kissing her while they are leaning against lockers!!! It’s like Katie McGarry wrote a book, just for me.

Let me tell you–as much as I love the cover, the book was even better. I can’t believe the emotional roller-coaster that we go through with these characters. I loved pretty much every second of it.

Echo Emerson used to be part of the it couple and one of the most popular girls in school, until a traumatic event happened, leaving her arms covered in hideous scars. She can’t remember what it was because it was so horrible, her mind repressed the memories. All she knows is that her mother was involved and her father and stepmother know all about it.

Noah Hutchins has had his own tragedy to deal with. His once-idyllic childhood was shattered when his parents were killed and he and his siblings were put in foster care. Noah’s had a less-than-positive experience in foster care, and he’s determined to get custody of his little brothers as soon as he’s legally able.

Both characters are broken and emotionally closed off from most people, but despite their best efforts, they can’t deny their intense connection when the school counselor pairs them up for tutoring.

This story is told in first person in both Noah and Echo’s points of view. I really liked that and definitely felt that each character had their own distinguished voice.

What else do I love about this book? The characters. Both of these characters have had tough issues that adults would find difficult to deal with, yet one of the things that I love the most about this book is that they’re still teenagers. They react and crush and have feelings that are ruled by teenage hormones. They have expectations and get caught up and just feel. all. the. things.

I love pretty much everyone in this book, but you know how I am–I love Noah. I love Echo. And I love their chemistry and their relationship. Pushing the Limits is steamy. It’s also angsty, but authentic. The heartbreak they go through will make you feel so emotional. But through it all, the characters remain true. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows for them, or for anyone really, but the way they deal with everything makes this a great read.

I can’t say enough about it. I really loved this book and think you will, too.