Title: Pushing the Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher(s): Mira Ink and Harlequin
Released: August 03 and July 31, 2012
Buy: The Book Depository
I’m not entirely sure what it was about this book, whether it be the cover, the description or the reviews, but as soon as I first heard of its existence on Goodreads, I knew I would have to read it. I hardly ever (never) get compulsions like that for contemporary novels, so I’m still utterly baffled as to why I was so drawn to it. I guess this is a sixth sense that will come in handy as Katie McGarry’s debut was just as stunning as my instincts told me it would be.
Pushing the Limits is an emotionally charged book about a broken girl and a troubled boy who find comfort in each other as their worlds continue to shatter around them. It is the most heart-wrenching of romances, wrapped in a poignant tale of family and acceptance while coated with bittersweet humour. In other words, it made me cry. Non-stop, in fact. Either I’m turning into a big softie or Katie McGarry really knows how to craft a beautiful and accessible story that is bound to leave an impression. I have a feeling it must be the latter.
It’s so hard to pin-point the exact reasons this book worked, but Noah and Echo sure did play a significant part. They are by no means simple characters, or even particularly easy to like at first, but you can’t help but root for them as the story progresses. Their problems are so raw, but never unrealistic, and much more the main focus for me than the romance. From Echo’s troubles at home with her controlling father and irritating stepmother, to Noah’s struggles in piecing his family back together, there were many different issues in need of solving and the journey to the finish line was a powerful one.
How can I describe Noah? A bad-boy sounds almost like an insult in this case, but I suppose on the surface that is what he is. Dig deeper and we find a strong-willed young man with nothing but determination to ensure his younger brothers, Tyler and Jacob, are safe and happy. He is a dangerous flirt, and an incredibly entertaining one at that, but he is also so much more. I wish Echo’s character had shown as many layers as Noah’s, but in the end, I liked her too.
Echo and Noah share a split narration, something that I don’t always warm to, but it worked remarkably well in this book. Katie McGarry did a superb job handling both points of view. This, of course, helped craft the scorching chemistry between the two characters. Although I did think it developed a little rapidly, the romance was beautifully handled and interwoven into the plot with ease. Some of these scenes are so perfect, they are well worth reading twice.
This is one of those books I feel comfortable recommending to anybody. It’s too touching not to appreciate, regardless of the genre. Katie McGarry has left her mark on me and I look forward to reading more from her in the future.
Rating: 4 stars