Pushing the Limits
by Katie McGarry
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
This book reminded me of why I love contemporaries! The romance. The drama. Everything! GAHH! I heard so much about this book and had such high hopes for this and thankfully, I wasn't disappointed. This book not only explores a good girl falling for a bad guy, but it also brings in more issues, like bipolar disorder, and the problems with foster care.
I loved watching Echo grow as a main character. From the beginning, she was so scared of what everyone thought of her scars and would always hide them, but that is majorly different after she meets Noah Hutchins. He makes Echo feel comfortable in her own skin and realize that it doesn't matter what anyone thinks. I feel really bad for Echo at times though because we get to see what she went through. I was bawling many times throughout the book.
Why can't we all have a Noah Hutchins. He puts up a bad boy front, but he's so kind, and generous, and I'm missing so many other words that I can't think of right now. He's just freaking fantastic and every girl should have a guy like him!
I love the dual POV. We get to see what both Noah and Echo are thinking and I love that! I also love how both characters fight so hard against their feelings for each other, but oh, it doesn't work! They are that smitten with each other that it is completely impossible to fight it!
I would recommend this to anyone that loves a good YA Contemp. This is my favorite of favorites! I can't wait to learn more about Beth in Dare You To.