Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: NetGalley
IBSN: 0373210493

“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.

“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

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.

Have you heard people raving about Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry? I’m sure you have. I’m pretty sure that everyone that’s read it so far has loved it. All those glowing things readers are saying are 100% true. I can confirm this because I absolutely loved this book.

I try not to compare one book to another very often but I must say this: I read Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles years ago and since then no other YA romance that I’ve read has even been in the same league as those books. Pushing the Limits is in the same league. I’m not saying that the stories are alike. That’s not the case. I’m just saying they both have these undeniable bad boy characters and lots of sexual tension. The most important part, though, is that they do it so well.

Pushing the Limits is told from both main characters perspectives. Noah is not your typical bad boy. He’s kind of broken and alone. This very tragic thing has happened to him and since then his life has been just one horrible thing after another. I loved him so much. I wanted to fix him, but I was swooning over him ay the same time. Sigh…He was really well developed and I loved his growth throughout the story.

I really liked Echo too. The situation she was in was so sad. She was easy to relate too, even if her tragic past was unfathomable for me. My one and only complaint about the book is that it took Echo forever to see what was right in front of her face. I’m sure there was some denial involved, but it just seemed so obvious to me. This was a very minor issue and didn’t keep me from loving the book in the end.

This may be a tiny bit spoilery, but it’s something I wouldn’t mind hearing about, as it would make me want to read the book even more. The element I loved most about the story is the way Noah and Echo came together. It wasn’t this huge, long, draw out plot line with them only getting together at the end. No, they get together somewhere around the middle of the book. I absolutely love when I actually get to read about a couple and not just BAM they’re finally together, end of book. You know what I mean? It’s so refreshing. Don’t get me wrong there’s still lots of drama and issues after they get together. It will definitely keep you captivated.

As you can probably see, I loved Pushing the Limits. It’s one of the best contemps I’ve read in awhile. It’s a hard hitting, unputdownable book. While the romance is to die for, it’s so much more than that. Katie McGarry tackles a lot of hard subjects with this book. I can’t recommend it enough. I’m counting down the days until the companion book.


  1. there’s a companion book???
    great review , ican’t wait to rread my copy 
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  2. This is one of the next books I’m going to read. I’m SO EXCITED!
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  3. I am so excited to read this!! I actually kept passing over it on NetGalley since I have about a million other books to read already, but with so many awesome reviews I knew I had to read and review this one. I should be reading it in the next few weeks. Awesome review hon!!
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  4. Awesome review! I actually haven’t seen ANYTHING negative about this book yet! Part of me is worried because hyped up books can be a let down but this does sound really good. 
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  5. There’s a companion novel?!  That’s so exciting!  I just started this one, and I’m loving it so far!
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  6. I really want to read this. I want to be able to write like that. Perfect sexual chemistry. 
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  7. Squeals!!!! Wasn’t it fanfreaking amazing???? SO happy you loved it so much – I am in awe! This book totally blew me away. It still lays right beside me because I would just love to read it over and over again! It was so heartbreakingly beautiful it’s to die for! Katie Mc Garry is a phenomenal writer and Pushing The Limits deserves every 5 star rating it gets! 
    Oh Noah… *wipes away a tear* 
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  8. Can’t wait to read ths book! It sounds sooooooo good! It’s one of my most awaited books in 2012. Eeep! Can’t wait for this! So excited!

    Awesome review! =D
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  9. This was one of the books I was so excited for at BEA! So excited to read it especially since I never had the experience of reading Simone’s books! Yay!
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  10. This sounds amazing! I can’t wait to grab a copy of this book when I go to ALA in a few days. The author is there for a signing so I hope I get to meet her. I can already tell that as soon as I read this book I’ll be in love with it just like you are. I love Perfect Chemistry but I love that Pushing the Limits seems to have the romance a little before the end of the story. OH I’m so excited!

    Thanks for the awesome review, glad you loved this one.
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  11. Great review! I’ve been pining for this book.

  12. Lori, this sounds amazing! Thanks for a marvelous review!
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  13. I’m really excited about this one; reviews like yours are definitely getting me psyched and i can’t wait to dive into my copy. I hope I love it just as much!
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  14. I also received a copy of this for review. I’m glad to hear that it’s living up to all the hype. I haven’t read Perfect Chemsitry, but if I end up liking Pushing the Limits (and what’s not to like, I hear?), then I must really pick up the books!
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  15. I’m reading this right now and Absolutely LOVE it! Your review is spot on!
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  16. Amber Hughes says:

    I can’t wait to read this one!! It’s been on my TBR for a couple of months now. I really wish it was coming out sooner! Great review Lori :-)

  17. I cant wait to read it! I’m happy to hear they get together before the end of the book too!
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  18. Great review! I’m really excited to read Pushing the Limits soon.
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  19. I actually have not read a lot of reviews for Pushing The Limits yet, so I am glad to see that you enjoyed it so much and are raving about it. Like, I’ve been curious cuz that cover, oooo fans self. I am not sure whether I want to request this on Netgalley or just wait to buy it. Sigh. Love your review them, I am sure to add PTL to my TBR now.
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  20. I’m so glad I read your review. I’m picking up this book to read today but I haven’t heard anything about it so I was nervous! Thanks!

  21. I agree with every single word you said, especially the part where you said that you
    Like that the characters get together and the book is finished!:) Just finished reading this.


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