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“I really liked this first of the series. Excited to meet the author next month.”Linsey wrote this review 14 hours ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A pretty good story. I liked the complexity of the main characters lives. I especially loved the part where Echo talks with her mother. I loved Echo's insights after that conversation. I wished the story could have continued just a bit longer to include their cross country trip. I, personally, found the romance and sexual tension a bit overdone and typical of romance writing. But, after all, it is a romance YA novel so I shouldn't really complain.”Kat wrote this review 5 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Holy hell, that was intense!”Brittany L wrote this review 11 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
[Katie McGarry has] got the NA voice down and with her little sarcastic remarks here and there, she totally nailed the tortured teen voice. ~ Under the Covers
Echo Emerson (what a name!) went from being the popular girl at school to an outsider. After one horrible night, she wakes up in a hospital, not remembering the details of the past night’s events or what has happened to her body. Scars riddle her arms but the experience was so traumatic that her mind shut down. Now, partially recovered and hoping to settle into school again, Echo tempers her demons with regular visits to a Clinical Social Worker, who coaxes her to remember that night’s events and also help her with day-to-day life.
It just so happens that Noah Hutchins is also another student who visits Mrs. Collins as well. Though totally opposite in personality, both feels like freaks in an otherwise normal community. They have been through so much already that despite how much they try to fit in, they don’t. As Noah is bring tutored by Echo, they come to notice this attraction to one another that is slowly explored in this book. The path to their recovery and romance is a slow one. It’s more toned down than some of the other NA books I’ve read, though that doesn’t mean it’s any less touching or romantic. As Noah and Echo try to help each other, their attraction for one another just grows and grows until it almost seems evitable that they will get together. There were times when I thought the relationship moved to quickly, like when Echo leaves Luke and jumps right into a relationship with Noah and sometimes when it also moved at a glacier pace. Overall, it was a well-done, believable story.
Noah’s story was particularly touching. I loved that he felt almost bursting with love for his brothers. It made him such an endearing character and made it so easy to fall in love with him.
There was one person that I didn’t exactly like and that was Lila, Echo’s friend. She seemed to annoy me and I didn’t like how she kept trying to force her opinions on Echo on matters that weren’t really her business. Beth and Isisah, on the other hand, were great and I’m eager to know more about them both!
Another thing I have to mention is McGarry’s writing. I love the way this book was written, with the alternating POVs between Noah and Echo, but I also really loved how she wrote both of their perspectives. I think she got the NA voice down and with her little sarcastic remarks here and there, she totally nailed the tortured teen voice. I look forward to reading more from this author.
“Really liked this book. Echo and Noah are an interesting pair, especially the effect they have on each other and how they change each other.”TracySchoenberg wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fab for a YA book especially good at relating tales of torubled teens.”MissEmzilinie wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting characters, a feel-good match of problems and personalities. Satisfying ending.”Janie P wrote this review Wednesday, April 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Starting off, I at first thought I would hate this book. I tend to read happy sappy love stories. But I found this book to be really good. I will say it does have some hard issues that may be hard to read for a younger teen.
The story is told from the perspectives of both main characters Echo and Noah. It made it a nice experience getting to hear both sides of the story. I always liked hearing Noah’s point of view [maybe because I am a girl] but I found it sweet to hear his inner thoughts about Echo.
Echo is a girl with a very rough past. Trying to get her life back to the way it was she meets a boy named Noah. Noah is the schools bad boy with a bad home life [and sounds extremely attractive]. Soon enough their love blossoms into something juicy and romantic. One thing this book has that other love stories don’t is that the emotional connection between Noah and Echo is truly unbelievable. Between Echo’s secret and Noah struggling to get his brothers back makes for a real roller coaster.
Overall this book was a great read and something different than the average love story. ”
“I enjoyed this book .However is was a little creepy, but there was much emotion. ”Mikki wrote this review Wednesday, March 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I have had this on my kindle for a good while, but I just now got around to it. I can't believe I waited this long to read it! I expected it to be good from all the good reviews I have read, but wow it blew me out of the water. I do like my occasional romance novel, but I have not read a contemporary YA novel before. (Yes, I know. Sad right?) With Pushing the Limits, I will definitely I be more open to the genre and now I will read more of them.
Sorry, I digress. The plot in this novel is a great a one. Two people looking to heal from their past and find each other. I laughed, I cried, and my heart melted at times while reading this.
Echo and Noah are the main characters. The book alternates between their different point of views. I usually do not care for books switching characters on me, but for this book it works. By doing this we get an insight to both characters and what makes them tick.
Echo has endured a lot, and most of it she does not remember. She has become the gossip of school because of the scars she constantly has to hid. Echo is a very strong young woman. Even though her life has fallen apart, she still stays strong and throughout the book we watch as she grows and becomes alot stronger. She accepts herself and what has happened to her.
Noah is the social reject. Most people don't know that his life has been flipped, and how many heavy burdens he carried on his shoulders. Noah grows in this novel. Throughout he comes to term with his and he has to make a lot of hard choices.
Together, Noah and Echo are great characters. I loved reading about their journey and growth together, and I can not wait to continue the series and read Beth's story next!
This book surprised me. I did not think that I would care for a YA contemporary novel, but now I will read more into the genre. I was captured from the very beginning and I honestly, stayed up reading until I was done.
If you have not read this. Check it out. It will make the romantic in you swoon in places. It's definitely you don't want to miss this one!”