Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry


Book Synopsis: 
403 pages | Published July 31st 2012 by Harlequin Teen

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.

Review: 4 stars

One Lost Girl. Echo was once a normal, popular teenage girl until one day her life was flipped upside down. Now she’s all alone and in therapy, desperately trying to remember the event that changed her forever.


One bad boy. Noah Hutchins was once a happy outgoing boy until he lost his family, since then he’s become the typical bad boy, always on the outside looking in. All he wants is to see his family back together, happy and safe.


Both are looking for something normal and together they are able to help each other confront their pasts and decide on their futures.

Normal. She wanted normal and so did I.

I don’t have a whole lot to say about this book, except that I really liked it.

Both the main characters were super likable and I found their journeys over the course of the book to be really great. Echo starts out as a total pushover and scared little girl. She does exactly what her father wants, she allows her friends to treat her badly and she hides from society. However, when she meets her new therapists (who is an awesome woman) and gets to know Noah, she becomes much bolder. I enjoyed watching her grow into a confident and bolder woman who was strong enough to face her past. I particularly loved that when she discovered what happened, the blame wasn’t all placed on others instead she found out how she (Echo) could learn to be a better person from that situation. She’s able to learn how to forgive and move on which is really great!

Meanwhile Noah starts out with very little options for his future. He wants to put his family back together and that’s the only goal. Throughout the book he’s also able to learn how his actions could be selfish and how to put others needs before himself. I love how he totally supports Echo the whole time, and is an integral part to giving her the confidence she needs to face the world by fully accepting her.

In other words, I thought their romance was extremely cute and adorable.


I found the whole story to be really well written. I liked how it switched between the two point of views so I could follow each character closely. This story made me smile and lightened my heart a little to see so many happy endings. I would definitely recommend that everyone give this book a go if your looking for a cute romance with an actual story line 🙂


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