Giveaway and Review: "Pushing the Limits"

"Pushing the Limits"
by Katie McGarry

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Source: sent by publicist

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary from  

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.

My Review:

I had read so many amazing reviews for this book, that I think my expectations were too high. The book was good, and it dealt with teen issues in a responsible way. I think I was under the impression that it was more of a romance, when while there definitely was a romance, I think the book was more of a teen social issue book. Issue books aren't really my go-to genre, but I think that people who enjoy them will think this book is phenomenal.

The story is told from alternating points of view of Echo and Noah. This made the book really fly by, since the perspective changed with every chapter. Echo was a strong female lead, and I liked it when she would call Noah out on his bad behavior instead of letting it slide. On the other hand, Noah isn't the typical bad boy because he doesn't really fit the Edward Cullen stalking/controlling mold, which is a good thing.

I think it's just a personal preference of whether you like to read about really intense, hard-hitting, and yes, sad issues in your books. The book dealt with the issues very responsibly which is great, so I do recommend it to fans of issue books. However, I personally like a lighter read, so this one wasn't totally for me.

Main Characters: 4/5
Supporting Characters: 4/5

Setting: 4/5

Romance: 4/5
Uniqueness: 5/5
Cover: 5/5 (The cover under the dust jacket is really cool and different!)
Writing: 4/5

Bottom Line:
An intense look at two teenagers with a lot of weight on their shoulders, and how they pull through with each other's help.

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  1. I'm reading this now and enjoying it. I actually don't read issue books either. But I think PTL is very interesting. (not an entry)

  2. I've heard this is good and I'd like to read it.

  3. I've been hearing a lot about this book and it sounds like a great story. I'm looking forward to reading it.

  4. I understand your feelings, I really disliked this book, I felt like it was all drama-drama and not much else! Great review, hun!

  5. Thanks for a great review! I've been reading such mixed reviews for this book but it's still on my wishlist :)

  6. I had never heard there was a cover under the dust jacket! I'm intrigued!
    I'm glad you liked the story!! :D

  7. I read this way before any hype and loved it but it does raise expectations for people just getting to it.
    This was definitely a more hard hitting/issue story.

  8. I really enjoyed this book, but I agree that it was more of an "issue" book than a romance

  9. I loved this book but it is for sure an "issue" book. I'm glad you enjoyed it even though that isn't really your thing ^^ I usually hate contemporaries but I found myself really enjoying this one.

  10. I would love to read this story told from alternating points of view.

  11. I've been dying to read this soon! Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. I read this as an ecopy and i really enjoyed it, i'd love to win it in print! Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. I appreciate your point about what sort of feel the book has. I do like that style of read, but I do have to be in the mood for it.

    Thanks for the insightful review and for the giveaway opportunity.

  14. I really want to read this book, after hearing about all the great reviews

  15. I love books full of intrigue, mystery, and romance! This is a winner!

  16. I have heard that this book is like Simone Elkeles' Perfect Chemistry, which is one of my favorites. I would love to read this book soon!

  17. I have not read one bad review on this book! Awesome review! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. I've been hearing a lot of talk about this book! I can't wait to read it at some point, to see if it lives up to the hype. :)

  19. God, I've heard great things about this book, love your review. Thanks for the giveaway.


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