Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

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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.
Overall Thoughts:
In my opinion, this book lived up to all of the hype surrounding it. There were a few small indiscretions but other than that, I really enjoyed reading this book!

Pushing the Limits is about a girl named Echo Emerson who goes from being the most popular girl in school to being a complete outcast all because of her tragic past and family. No one, including the readers, really knows what happened to make her that way or why she is suddenly always covering her arms. Looking at her family's dynamic, we learn that Echo's mother and brother are no longer in her life; and her father has now become insanely infatuated with Ashley, Echo's new step-mom and former nanny. Though Echo's father is absent in the way of paternal love, he certainly isn't when it comes to preparing her for the future. She feels pressured to take as much business classes as possible, and to retake the SAT and ACT over and over again so that he'd finally accept and love her; though her true heart is in the arts and in painting.

In the same way, Noah Hutchins' life is no walk in the park. On the surface, he looks to be the cliche bad boy who doesn't care about anything other than when and where he's going to get laid next. As time progresses, we get to learn about the depth's of his past. A few years prior, both of his loving parent's died in a house fire, leaving Noah and his two younger brother, Jacob and Tyler, to the system. This ultimately separates them, but Noah fights to keep them together.

At first blush, Echo and Noah look to be two completely different people who couldn't possibly have anything in common with one another. They'll soon find out that they will understand each other way more than anything or anyone else ever will.

What I liked about this book:
Though the whole "bad boy meets good girl" plot is commonly used, I still tend to gravitate towards it because... I like it, I'll admit. In this book, romance and drama are the two main genre's expressed. But I want to say that the drama (Ex. Echo's traumatic past and Noah's heartbreaking past) definitely overshadowed the romance, which I liked because it swept me up in all the emotions!

What I disliked about this book:
The length of the chapters made me slightly mad. They were so short, and maybe it just seemed that way to me because I zoomed through the book, but still. I wished they were longer!

I really recommend this book to anyone looking for a heartfelt romance!


Carmen Shaw


Carmen N. Shaw is currently a biology major at Georgia State University. She is the owner and developer of the book blog, Understanding Carmen's Story.


  1. I think I'll like this book. :) thanks for the review!

  2. I really loved this book, it was one of my favorite reads of the year, glad you enjoyed it too. Great review!


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