Title: Pushing the Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: July 31, 2012
Hardcover: 416 pages
Where’d I Get It: For review from the publisher.
Synopsis (From Goodreads): “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.
My Thoughts: This book was unique in its deliverance. Each chapter is from the viewpoint of either Echo or Noah, and I’d have to say that it worked for me. Most of the time you only get one point of view and by doing it this way I was able to grow closer to both main characters and understand where each one was coming from.
I couldn’t really relate to either of the characters as I’ve never been in either of their positions before but the pain they felt seemed real to me. I do feel like Echo and Noah were almost too mature for high school students in some aspects and then the author would turn around and “dumb” them down a bit. There was a bit of inconsistency there.
One aspect of the book that I loved is in the back of the book where the author listed songs she listened for inspiration for each of the characters and some of the scenes in the book. It was really neat to get some insight into the mind of the author. There will be another book coming out with Beth’s story and I will read it based on what I read in Pushing The Limits.
Rating: 3 of 5