Monday, 30 July 2012

PUSHING THE LIMITS BY KATIE MCGARRY



ISBN: 9780373210497
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 384
Formats Available: Hardback, Paperback, Kindle


BLURB 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.   

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.



MY REVIEW
I received an ARC of this brilliant book directly from Harlequin Teen/Mira so a thank you to them first! As my copy was an ARC the cover is not the one pictured above, the cover of my book was just plain pearlized white colour with the title etc wrote on it. I really like the cover pictured above (US cover) which will be the actual book cover. The cover picture is set by the school lockers and shows Echo with her long curly red hair dressed in layers that have long sleeves to cover her scars, and she is kissing, the gorgeous boy with the bad reputation called Noah. I really like the cover as it is actually a scene from the book too.
I really do not like the cover pictured at the bottom of the review (UK cover), I think it's gaudy in its colours and doesn't give you the emotion of the other cover.
Now to the book, I absolutely loved it, as the quote from Simone Elkeles says on the cover "A riveting and emotional ride!" The book takes you through the emotions and problems of Echo.She has night terrors about what happened to her, yet her brain blocks out what actually happened between her and her mother. Psychologists have said that she is traumatized that her brain refuses to allow her to even visualize or remember fully what happened. No one will tell Echo exactly what happened that day and she is assigned a new school social worker called Mrs Collins. Mrs Collins meets Echo's father and step mum Ashley, and after much discussion, it is decided that Echo can tutor someone who Mrs Collins has in mind to earn the money to fulfill her wish of restoring her brother Aires car. Aires had joined the marines and whilst serving in Afghanistan was killed.
One of Mrs Collin's students who she is trying to help deal with their emotions/problems is the school bad boy, and casual drug user, Noah Hutchins. Noah's parents died in a house fire and he was put into care and separated from his younger brothers Jacob and Tyler. All Noah wants is to get his family back together. Because Noah has had bad...no awful experiences in the care system he automatically presumes that the same is happening to his two brothers.
The love and emotions are so strongly put across in this book it makes you tear up yourself and makes your heart ache for the characters, not just the main characters either but for Beth and Isiah, and for Carrie and Joe. 
With Noah and Echo, probably the two most unlikeliest friends thrown together by Mrs Collins idea that echo should tutor Noah, they develop feelings for each other but can they overcome their own psychological problems and trust in each other and help each other through? Will Echo remember everything? Are Jacob and Tyler in danger?
I recommend you read this book, it's YA Lit at it's very best!
So when is it available i hear you shout? 31st July/3rd August So pre-order it/buy it now!
So did I enjoy the book? YES. Would I recommend? Yes. Would I read more in the series/by Kate McGarry? Yes I certainly would.




Available at Amazon.co.uk

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