Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1) by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits


So wrong for each other …and yet so right.

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.


Pushing the Limit was an alright read. I did enjoy it, but I can't help but wish it was a little more than it was. I don't know what was missing exactly, but something kept it from being amazing for me. I liked both Echo and Noah, I liked their story, I liked how it worked out, but it was missing the extra oomph.

Echo used to be the popular girl. She had a popular boyfriend and lots of friends. She broke up with her boyfriend, then shortly thereafter something horrible happened to her. She doesn't really know what as she can't remember. She hates that she can't remember. She hates that her dad has remarried her babysitter. She hates that her step-mom is now pregnant. She hates that she cannot speak to her mom anymore, there is a restraining order against her. She blames her dad for not trying hard enough with her mom, for just moving on to her babysitter. She also has scars on her arms from whatever happened to her.

Noah has been in foster care since his parents died. He has not had the best time of it. He used to be a great student, he had good grades and a plan for life. That all changed when he became a foster kid and had to deal with growing up too quickly. He has slowly let his school work go and is not really in a great place. He hang out with his friends, Isaiah, who is also a foster kid that he lives with, and Beth, who's aunt is fostering them. They all have their issues, but Beth is horrible to everyone except Isaiah and Noah. She doesn't have a good home life, her mom has abusive boyfriends, so she spends a lot of time at her aunts.

When the new counselor comes to their school things start to change. She wants to help both Noah and Echo. Echo needs money to fix up her brothers car (he died overseas). It is the last thing she has of his and she wants to get it running again. Even though her dad has the money to pay for it, he won't. Really the dad is a bit of a nightmare, always wanting everything to look perfect, not really wanting Echo to remember what happened to her. When the counselor gives her the job of tutoring a student she quickly agrees. Little does she know it is Noah.

Noah has two younger brothers who he can't see very often. He got in trouble at a former foster home when he hit the abusive dad. Of course the dad didn't get in trouble as everyone blamed the foster kid. That is when he started to not care about things. The counselor promises him more visits with his brothers if he gets tutoring, so he quickly agrees.

Through the tutoring Echo and Noah start to grow closer. They both want to see their files, Echo to learn what happened to her and Noah to find his brother's address, so they work together to try and accomplish that goal. Along the way they fall for each other and it is really sweet. Beth is horrible to Echo, but Echo is just nice to her in return. I loved that. I loved that she wasn't nasty back. Overall it was a sweet story. I liked both Noah and Echo and how everything turns out. It was a good read, but I am not sure why it wasn't amazing for me.

Rating: ★★★

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