There has been a lot of buzz about Katie McGarry’s Pushing The Limits. I’m not usually a fan of contemporary fiction but lately I’ve been craving it. Paranormal allergy season, maybe? I’ve been anticipating the release and hoping it would be everything everyone said it would be.
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.
I hate to say it, but it didn’t live up to the hype. It was a really good, gripping story but I wasn’t blown away and I wasn’t consumed into Echo and Noah’s world. Initially, the mystery of both of their stories really draws the reader in but once we get to know each character the rest of the story is so predictable it’s no longer compelling. With that said, I did actually enjoy it.
I LOVED Echo’s issues: her complicated family, being self-conscious about her scars, and just trying to pull her life together. She was a normal girl who had to deal with tragic circumstances which made her relatable. She could’ve been anybody.
Noah was that stereotypical bad boy with a soft side. We actually see a lot of his soft side in this book. I would argue Noah is more sensitive than Echo, which is surprising. It makes me wonder if McGarry is secretly one of those people who doesn’t like emotions and carves her female characters along those same lines. I really like Noah. However, his internal dilemmas seemed to have really simple answers and it was annoying that he didn’t see them until the very end.
Echo and Noah together were electrifying. They had awesome chemistry; it was reminiscent of Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. It’s very PG-13 but their attraction to each other sizzles off the pages. I was definitely not disappointed with that aspect of the story!
This book was very satisfying in the end because we actually get answers. We get to see what really happened to Echo, and Noah comes to terms with his situation. It was an open-ended happy ending and anyone looking for a contemporary drama with a nice ending, this would be the book for you. This book seemed very formulaic and cookie-cutter but maybe that’s why I usually don’t go for contemporary fiction; it’s always boy meets girl, they fall in love, they break up, they get back together. I like to mix it up a bit with the unexpected, that’s probably why I lean more towards paranormal plotlines. However, it is what it is: A really good contemporary story with a lot of chemistry and teenage angst. I’d recommend it to people looking for a good love story.