Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)

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.

Jen's Review 

That was a very emotional book - something I"ve been reading a lot of lately it seems.

Echo's life is not normal. At one time it was though. She had friends, a good boyfriend, and a family that meant the world to her.

Then all of a sudden, her brother died, her mother went off her medication and something happened, leaving huge scars on Eco's arms, and her soul.
Whatever happened with her mom, she doesn't remember. Her therapists had tried to force her mind to remember, but all that did was her waking up in the hospital 2 days later. Her mind didn't want to deal, and everyone thought it was best that no one tells her anything until her mind is ready to except it. But she was tired of not knowing. The nightmares. She just wanted it all to end.

Noah use to have it all. The basketball team, the girls, the friends, a family who loved him. Then one day, his parents were gone. His brothers were swept off to a different foster home while Noah was stuck getting lost in the system.
His grades went down, he lost his friends, and his only goal in life was to get his brother's back.

But everyone was convinced Noah wasn't fit for visitations. And that hurt.

Mrs. Collin's - what a great lady - the new school social worker. She's the new trial and error to see if they can mix school and personal therapy, and family therapy all in one.

She became good friends with Noah, she could see him struggling with everything. Wanting nothing but to see his brothers. When she dangled the one little thing over his head, he couldn't help but agree to anything she had to offer.

When Echo visited with her dad and step mom, Mrs. Collin's knew that she wasn't being truthful. She knew that Echo was struggling more than she let on.
So when the opportunity presented itself, she was able to get Echo and after school job.

Noah and Echo were brought together . Noah to get his act back together. Echo to earn a little extra money. But their personalities clashed. And when Echo was chasing after Noah, she slipped on some ice and he caught her, by the arm. And he saw the scars one her arm.

Echo knew he must think what everyone else thought about her. So she ran off. But Noah didn't know what to think about the scars, But he realized that there was more to Echo than anyone else knew.

Really a cute story about two troubled teens that got lost somewhere along their way, but together they were able to experience happiness and try to find stability in their lives.

I'm really excited to have received an ARC of Dare you to! I really liked Beth in the this book, so I'm anxious to read her story now :)

                                                     Juls Review

When you are in high school, things should be somewhat easy. The hardest thing should be your next test or who is gonna take you to homecoming. But for Echo and Noah that’s chump change for the horrible life they lead. One had her own mother trying to kill her yet she doesn’t have the memory of it and the other lost his whole family. His parents to a fire and his brothers to another family. They both just want their life back.

For these two kids life will never be the same. Echo finds her answers and is more distraught than ever before. Knowing certain things have been prevented yet they weren’t has left a bad taste in her mouth about both her parents. Now she has scars to remind her of that horrible day.

Noah wants to do right by his surviving family. His brothers are all he’s got left and his plan is to get custody of them when he is of legal age. But can he give them the life that their foster parents can? What is the right thing for him to do? Will his plans backfire?

Echo and Noah meet while passing from their counseling appointments and before long they find comfort in each other. When Noah reveals his plans for his brothers and their future together she again feels like second place. Echo makes the ultimate sacrifice and lets Noah go. She knows it no contest when it comes to who is first in line in Noah’s life.

Their battle to stay together and find happiness is hard for them both. They are trying to make adult decisions at such a young age. But they do and are able to move on from all the tragedy with their futures in mind.

I loved this story. Echo and Noah have to grow up fast but the journey they travel, rocky most times, makes them stronger and they fight for what they want.

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