ARC Review: Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

Can Two Beautiful Tortured Souls Heal Eachother?

Title: Pushing The Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing The Limits
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: July 31, 2012

“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.


“Look at me.” I met his dark brown eyes. His fingers skimmed the back of my hand. The sensation tickled like a spring breeze yet hit me like a wave rushing from the ocean. His gaze 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. My entire world collapsed around me as I answered, “yes.”

Pushing The Limits is another example of another brilliant story situated in the new Mature- YA genre that I’m quickly becoming addicted to and can’t get enough of. I loved every minute of it, one page I was laughing, the next I was crying and then I was cheering. My emotions were tied in a knot while reading and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough, I read it in one setting. The POV switches back and forth between high school seniors and tortured souls Echo Emerson and Noah Hutchins. This book was filled with incredible amounts of angst, tear jerker moments and the life of troubled teens and the pain and suffering that can be dealt if your stack of cards were not in your favor. Katie McGarry has created a world that I immediately read again just because I didn’t want to leave it behind.

As if he heard me from across the room, his dark eyes met mine. His shaggy brown hair fell over them, but I could tell he was looking at me. The stumble on his face moved as he smiled. Noah had muscles, looks and trouble stalking him. Somehow, he made jeans and a T-shirt look dangerous.

Echo begins working with a new Clinical Social Worker, to help her work through and start to fill in the missing pieces of a night that she was brutally attacked and nearly died. Mrs. Collins is very easily adaptable to each caseload and I found her professionalism and method of working with her patients admirable and I was fascinated by her and her empathy. In walks Noah, also a new patient of Mrs. Collins and he comes in a beautifully damaged bad boy package full of heartbreak and grief. These two seem like an unlikely couple, however these two are an incredible couple that I fell in love with and thanks to the writing of such an outstanding debut author it felt like I was living the story right along with Echo and Noah.

“Noah Hutchins is defintely hot. I’d tutor him.” Besides, from what I’ve heard heard, quite a few girls have ridden that train and loved every second of it.”

Echo a bright, overachieving student needs money to restore her deceased brothers Corvette and and Noah is in dire need of a tutor. Mrs. Collins is the mastermind behind the plan that brings two damaged individuals together unbeknownst to them that they are going to heal each other. Echo is eager to earn her money from tutoring, while Noah is reluctant to allow her to get to close to him. Once these two meet sparks fly, yet neither one embraces these sparks and that’s what makes their story so special.

Echo had a habit of making me feel like a dick in comparison to her and today would be no exception. She left me so I  could have a family, making her—alone. How could I ever have let her walk away?

Gorgeous Noah was once a star athlete in school, and after a tragic accident in his home that left him lost and alone, he becomes the exact opposite of the high school student he once was. His horrific loss is one that left me feeling broken and devasted as it was unveiled so delicately in the story. He now spends his time getting stoned, visiting his brothers, failing classes, earning a reputation for hooking up with the females in need of a delicious bad boy, all the while hanging out with his two best friends Isaiah and Beth. Although appearances can be deceiving because inside he’s troubled, heartbroken and vulnerable. Then we have Echo, beautiful, once the most popular girl in school after a monstrous event that turned her life upside down leaving her the reprobate of school becoming the object of stares, and the lead gossip story of her high school. While I was just broken over Noah’s tragedy, he put on such a brave face while Echo put on an equally brave demeanor yet she was dying inside. The angst in Pushing The Limits had me in tears and yet I couldn’t walk away, from the moment I opened the first page of their story I was invested and I wasn’t giving up on these two until I knew they were on the road to a healing, recovery and hopefully love!

“Meet your approval?” I asked sarcastically. He laughed. “Yes.” I liked his deep laugh. It tickled my insides. ”You’re high.” Because no one in their right mind would find me attractive. Especially when that person had seen the infamous scars.

Beth was so remarkable, and at first I wasn’t sure of her but she may have a tough girl exterior with a bulldog attitude yet inside she’s a teddy bear with her own inner emotional turmoil and I loved her to pieces. Isaiah is another awesome friend to both Noah, and Beth with his own burden he carries yet he embraces Echo as a friend knowing that Noah is falling for her….falling hard. Lila is my new BFF.

“I expect a report on his abs. Real details, not romance novel nonsense.” She remains by Echo’s side through the popularity and as the school pariah while she herself could have worried of her social status, but she has a feisty-ness to her that has me cheering for a Lila/Beth friendship in future installments because they’re both outstanding friends through happiness and tragedy to both Echo and Noah.

“Baby, no one would ever make the mistake of using the world ugly with you. Especially with me around.” Everything about you is beautiful and sexy as hell.”

I love how Noah is Echo’s strength when she needs it and he will protect her at all costs. Noah may have the reputation of being the love em and leave em bad boy, but deep inside he’s such a kind, tender hearted person with so much love to give. He’s such an alpha male, with a vulnerable side while Echo is equally vulnerable with an armored exterior as well. Surprisingly I found myself equally loving both these characters, and I’ll be honest that usually I love the male much more than the female character, however in this case I adored them both equally. Although I couldn’t relate to their tragedy I could easily relate to their pain and emotional distress, and I reveled in the fact that they gradually became a team and slowly began trusting one another and they weren’t pouring their hearts out to each other at their first meeting. I was enchanted by these two from their tumultuous, yet hilarious first meeting as if Katie McGarry had cast a spell on me because even through my tears, I found I couldn’t stop reading as I was eager to hear the outcome of their story.

My insides had melted when Noah produced his wicked grin and gazed at me like I was naked. Luke uses to give me butterflies. Noah spawned mutant pterodactyls.

I’m so sad that this series will not follow directly Echo and Noah but I’m excited to see that Beth will be featured in the next installment entitled Dared To You because I loved her, and we barely pealed back the first layer of her pain. Katie McGarry will definitely be an auto buy author for me.

“I’ll always save you.” Because I would. I’d move heaven and earth.

 I can’t easily express how much I adored Pushing The Limits! I recommend this for lovers of Mature- YA contemporary romance filled with angst, pain, drama, heartbreak and love. This can easily fit on my list of what to read if you loved the contemporary romance Easy. 5 HUGE Stars! Pushing The Limits is one of my favorite reads this year! Do yourself a favor on release day and read Pushing The Limits immediately!

It had been so long since I’d let myself fall for anybody. I gazed into her beautiful green eyes and her fear melted. A shy smile tugged at her lips and at my heart. Fuck me and the rest of the world, I was in love.

ARC provided for review by Netgalley for Harlequin Teen


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21 Responses to ARC Review: Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

  1. Burgandy Ice says:

    Wow!!!! What a review!!! This is not a book that I’d looked at much previously, but you gave me just enough hint of the characters, the traumatic histories, the connection… I’m totally intrigued. I seriously love this review!! Lol. And the book sounds amazing, too!! Did I mention these quotes are amazing?!

    • MissVain says:

      Hiiiii Burgandy Ice/Laura ;)

      I hope you love it too!!!:) I’m obsessed with these Mature-YA reads and I hope you will enjoy them as well. Thank you soooo much for the review love! ;) The book is totally amazing, and the quotes are so awesome, and that’s just a few of them, there’s also some pretty funny ones too!;) Please let me know what you think Laura, or I’ll have to stalk your GR updates!! Hehe

  2. Oh how I love your reviews. I have this book on my to-read list and I’d love to get a copy of it once it comes out. It’s actually on my WOW for tomorrow along with another possible favorite. I’m really excited because I’ve been seeing this one around a lot lately and it sounds amazing and now after reading your review I want it even more.. I’m looking forward to reading it.
    Thanks for the great review!

    My last post is my review of Bared to You.

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Martina ;)

      This is a must read!! I think you will love this one as well as Easy which I reviewed last week, these are both Mature-YA reads. Thank you for the review love and I LOVE SHOUTY capitals that you love my reviews. Lol ;) You should go to NG and request it from Harlequin Teen and you can review it before it releases!!:) Thanks <3

      • I already did but I’m new to NG and I’m not exactly sure how it works yet. I requested some books but I haven’t received any response yet. How long does it usually take? I hope I get a copy to review it but we’ll see.
        And about the review love… I just love the fact that you include quotes and it’s easier to imagine what the book might be like. I have to check out your review of Easy, I must have missed ‘cuz I was reading and re-reading Bared to You these past few days :D

        • MissVain says:

          Well Martina, it all depends on the publisher. Sometimes they are super quick and some days you’ll wait like two weeks for a response, but you will get a response either way.;). I love adding quotes because I revel in them, LOL. Yes you must read EASY!!!! ;)

  3. Marulett says:

    Oh Miss Vainn!!! Now I want to read it so bad!!! I absolutely LOVE your reviews, you always pick the best quotes!!! I can´t wait for this one to come out!!!
    Thanks for making me want this one even more! :) ))

    • MissVain says:

      OHHHHHHH Marulett!!!;)

      You should totally read this one! I think you would LOVE it! Thank you for the review love, and seriously some of these books make it easy to pick awesome quotes because they’re filled with them!:)

      You’re welcome!!;) hehehe. You should request it on NG! I used to get books off NG even before I had a blog, as long as I posted my review on GR!;)

  4. Braine says:

    I wish Beth gets a novel too, her story is another tragedy I want to read and cry over. Gotta love Mrs. Collins and her mad driving skills, in my head she’s Kathy Bates. Wonderful insight Vain, love it!

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Braine, yes I think Beth’s novel is going to be great and very moving, and emotional I’m sure! Hahaha!! Kathy Bates from Misery? LMAO…sorry that’s like the first movie I think of when I hear her nam. HAHAHAHA! Mrs. Collins is very clever! Thanks girlie!!:)

  5. I can’t wait till release day!! I got Beautiful Disaster from NetGalley based on your review. Somehow I think I need to stop reading these depressing books but I can’t help it! They’re soo good!

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Ning!!;)

      Why didn’t you request this off of NG?? It’s on there still. I hope you LOVE Beautiful Disaster, but see I Love those reads that make me sad and cry and depressed and then make me happy again, LOL. I’m Addcited.:) Hope you love this one too.

  6. Mariya says:

    I keep on hearing such great things about this one! Hopefully I”ll get around to it soon! :)

    • MissVain says:

      Oh Monster, it’s for lovers of the books Easy, and Beautiful Disaster yet you haven’t read either one!! LOL. I hope you love it when you read it!!:)

  7. Bianca says:

    I really really want to read this. I have only heard great things.

  8. Merita says:

    OMG i am so excited to read this. I CANNOT wait for it to come out.

    Thanks for your great review Miss V :)

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Merita :)

      You must read this one!!!! It’s awesome!!!:) Thank you for visiting!! I <3 you!! Thank you!!!

  9. Oh I’ve gotta say, now that I’ve read the book, I don’t think there’s a review out there that could have prepared me for what I felt when I read this book. No words to describe how much I liked it. All the laughter and the crying on my part… Thank God my brother wasn’t home when I read the part about Echo’s brother… I would have hugged him so hard (possibly scaring the crap out of him). The book made me realize with a new clarity just how fragile humans are(I guess that’s why I don’t read that much about them…). I give it my best shot at explaining my feeling in my review of the book but it’s never gonna be enough… Simply the best book in the genre I’ve read in a really long time…. Thanks for encouraging me to read it.

    PS: Oops, I did it again… Sorry for rambling on and on but I don’t have anyone else to discuss my books with… :(

    • MissVain says:

      Hi Martina :)

      HAHAHAHA!!! You make me laugh!! I’m so glad you loved it. No scaring your brother, lol.;) This book was amazing and I loved it so much, I laughed, I cried and it was simply unforgettable. You’re welcome! I’m so happy you took the time to read it and find out for yourself how great it was.

      No worries, because I love when people read my reviews, and then come back to share with me how much they loved the books!! Yay!!! Come back anytime!! You have me to share and discuss books with!! :) :)

  10. Alexa says:

    I have about 100 pages left of this one right now. At first when I was reading it I didn’t really get what everyone was talking about. Sure the first half of the book is good and it is worth reading but I wasn’t getting that magical feeling that would mean a book got a higher than 4 hearts rating from me. Now that I’m almost done with the book I’m starting to see the magic to this book and I hope that by the time I finish it that it gets up to 5 hearts for me.

    Thanks for the awesome review, glad you loved this one! I’ll never turn down mature YA :)

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