Expected Publication: July 31st, 2012
Pushing The Limits
By: Katie McGarry
"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.
"An edgy romance that pulls you in and never lets go. I was hooked!"-Gena Showalter, New York Times bestselling author of the Intertwined series.
Echo Emerson has been an outcast since she disappeared from school and came back with disfiguring scars on her arms. All of her classmates think she tried to committ suicide, but the truth is much darker than that. It keeps Echo awake at night and haunts her dreams, even though her mind is a total blank and she can't remember what happened. Plus she has to deal with having lost her brother in Afghanistan, her parents divorcing and her Dad marrying the babysitter, who is pregnant with his child. Noah Hutchins has been the resident bad boy at Echo's school, but even with the drugs and the parade of girls, he is something much more. His parents died in a tragic fire and he was separated from his younger brothers, bounced around the foster care system. Now all he wants is to get his family back together, but he'll need to clean up his act first. Now with the new counselor Mrs. Collins pushing Echo into tutoring Noah so she can make money to fix her dead brother Aires' car, the lines will blur and they will find something in each other that has been missing from their lives. As they fall deeper into each others situations, can Echo and Noah find a way to heal together or will they destroy each other once and for all? I LOVED this book. It was not completely perfect and sometimes the stupidity of the characters actions annoyed me. Such as Echo and Noah trying to steal their files, her to find out what happened the day she almost died and him to get the address of the foster home where his brothers are. And Echo feeling like popularity and getting her old life back were the most important things ever, including her old boyfriend who was a total douchebag and her old BFF who is shallower than a kiddie pool. I loved the gritty issues that they both had to deal with, that made the story twice as intense. Plus the chemistry between Echo and Noah was completely smoking hot. Like off the charts insanely hot! I liked Lila, Isaiah and Beth although Beth truly made me want to bash her head in at times. I could not put this book down. I literally read it in one sitting and wanted more at the end. By the time things were resolved with Noah's issues and Echo's memory, I was practically bawling. This was so close to five stars that I have to say I highly recommend it for fans of gritty, contemporary YA who don't mind a little raciness in their fiction.
VERDICT: 4.85/5 Stars
*I received an Advanced Reading E-book Copy from the publisher, via NetGalley. No money or favors were exchanged for this review. This book's expected publication date is July 31st, 2012.*