Review of “Pushing The Limits” by Katie McGarry

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Hello readers – Here it is – my review of “Pushing The Limits”. If you have read my blog at all – you already know I love this book – but I’m finally getting to the full review – hope you enjoy!

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)

Summary – Thank you Goodreads:

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…

What I thought:

First off, I have to say I REALLY LIKED this book – and I enjoyed McGarry’s writing.  I thought the story line was unique – different from any other books I’ve been reading recently – and that was refreshing. On a side note – I LOVED the name Echo – what a cool name for a character.  I thought Noah and Echo were both wonderfully written characters – warm and easy to relate to. I have seen some reviews critizing Noah for his language, and as well for can I put this.. high amount of inappropriate thoughts on Noah’s part about women’s bodies.. However, I thought this was right on with how a guy really thinks – the language didn’t have to be that way, but I think it added to his character – his roughness around the edges. The greek mythology ties in were great – I thought it was cool Echo’s Mom taught her so much about the constellations and I really loved how Noah compared Echo to his Siren.. It was, again, something different and I really enjoyed it.  The story line for Echo was..tough to read at points – but I really enjoyed how they revealed it slowly – I honestly believe it would have been much harder to read if you had to digest that all up front – so I enjoyed the way the author wrote this part.  I could feel her pain at some points and the last meeting with her mom – WOW – I have to be honest – I had tears in my eyes too. Same thing for Noah – his storyline was also unique and when he was with his brothers I could feel the loss.. the struggle and choice he had to make was realistic to me and did not seem far fetched, I enjoy stories that are realistic.  I also really enjoyed, of course, the romance of it – somethings he said — swoon! The counselor at school also brought great moments to the story, by sort of facilitating it – i don’t think it would have been the same if it was just from Echo/Noah’s point of view. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers – but I highly reccommend you read this book. It was a great read.

Overall Thoughts:

So – you know i loved it. Overall, I reccommend you buy it – I wanted to read this so badly I purchased it myself since I didn’t get approved to read it as a review book.  I also think this is something I would or could re-read. I like that the second book is coming out and it is a new storyline but Echo and Noah will be part of it so their storyline is not finished.  The only complaint I had, and it’s not really even a complaint – I wish we could have seen more of the storyline once everything worked out – their trip and the  year after. I love the after the big win parts of a book – and although I thought the ending was well written and thought out, personally and probably selfishly I wanted more of their story! So – basically 5/5 stars – get it, read it – if you like romance and YA lit – you will enjoy it!

Quotes I loved:

“The worst type of crying wasn’t the kind everyone could see–the wailing on street corners, the tearing at clothes. No, the worst kind happened when your soul wept and no matter what you did, there was no way to comfort it. A section withered and became a scar on the part of your soul that survived. For people like me and Echo, our souls contained more scar tissue than life.”

*I chose this quote because to me it showed some of the utter pain that was in a story. I thought the author handled it so well, and without sugar coating it – so i had to include this one quote.


“If you’re scared, tell me.  If you need to cry and scream, then do it.  And you sure as hell don’t walk away from us because you think it would be better for me.  Here’s the reality, Echo: I want to be by your side.  If you want to go to the mall stark naked so you can show the world your scars, then let me hold your hand.  If you want to see your mom, then tell me that too.  I may not always understand, but damn, baby, I’ll try.”

*No need to say why i chose this – Swoon! I love the way he says this to her.


“I gazed into her beautiful green eyes and her fear melted. A shy smile tugged at her lips and at my heart. Fuck me and the rest of the world, I was in love.”

*I liked this one b/c he realized he loved Echo – finally admitting it to himself. It was a great moment for his character.


“We’d read about sirens in English this fall; Greek mythology bullshit about women so beautiful, their voices so enchanting, that men did anything for them. Turned out that mythology crap was real because every time I saw her, I lost my mind.”

*I really liked the Siren comparison so I threw this in there.


“Wrapping my arms around her, I walked her backward into the brick.  “Tell me you chose me, Echo.”
She licked her lips.  Those green eyes smoldered, calling me to her.  “I chose you.”

*Last but not least, showing where Echo chose Noah – so sweet!

Hope you will read and enjoy this as well – let me know your thoughts? Did you love it too?


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