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.
Long were the days when I read no-brainer fluffy contemporary novels that centered upon the seeming impossible dilemma of choosing between two guys. Now, I prefer novels which still contain romance, but have depth, mystery and something new that you learn at the end of the day. Pushing the Limits is exactly that.
Echo is the protagonist—a character that I took an immediate liking too. From her name to her personality, it was impossible not too. Her life wasn’t bad, but it was not exactly fabulous or perfect either. Echo’s parents got divorced when she was younger, which resulted to going through a lot of situations alone which usually called for a mother. What made it worse was that her father fell in love with Echo’s nanny and married her later on, which seemed to Echo that their relationship was the reason for the divorce.
But there’s a darker twist to this story, because Echo has a secret. Her arms are covered with scars—from when her mother lost it and attacked her. What’s worse is that Echo can’t remember how and why, and her family refuses to explain out of fear that her mind couldn’t handle it. This is the reason why she was sent therapy to recover her memories, and that was how she got to know Noah, who was sent to the session as well.
I have to admit that my first impression of Noah was: Jerk. I was rather irritated on how he viewed and treated Echo in the first couple of chapters without even trying to get to know her. However, one must remember that there is always another side to every story, and Noah’s is no different.
Noah was moved from foster home to foster home after his parents’ deaths. He was also forbidden to see his little brothers after he allegedly attacked one of his foster fathers. On top of that, Noah’s trying to get custody over them once he turns eighteen, but its nearly hopeless to do so when he is up against foster parents with a plan to adopt his brothers and have tons of money. I could understand why he was so bitter all of the time—I can’t even imagine what it would be like to be in a situation like that.
Noah was a boy that Echo would never have associated with, and this is all just from a glimspe of his profile. He was the bad boy who did drugs and hung out with the worst influences. Beth, Noah’s best friend on the other hand, blatantly insisted that Echo was nothing but a popular girl who would shatter his heart into pieces.
Despite their differences, Echo and Noah proved to be good for each other. Reading about them helping each other overcome his or her obstacles made the story interesting and touching at the same time.
I think the most misunderstood character in this story is Echo’s father. He always tries to do the right thing, and what he thinks is going to be best for Echo. Echo’s father has made some selfish choices in the past, but he really tries hard to make up for it at the end, which made him my favorite character.
The plot was unpredictable, which of course, made the story all the more amazing! There were twists and turns everywhere; shocking revalations felt like a douse of ice-cold water. At some point I even thought that it was going to be a doomed ending, when it turned out to be the opposite. The romance slowly developed, making me feel more and more giddy as I flipped the pages.
To sum it up, Pushing the Limits is a wonderful, endearing and heartwarming read. Katie McGarry truly went beyond the limits (pun intended) of the contemporary genre, producing a one of a kind tale that surely everyone will enjoy.