Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1)
by Katie McGarry
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
It’s been a while since I read this book and I have been wanting to write a review but I held back because PUSHING THE LIMITS is more than just a book to me. The reason why this book caught my attention is because I have the scars that Echo has. Different reasons but same scars nonetheless. I got the book out of curiosity, intrigued by this personal connection. Oddly enough, the similarities didn’t end with the scars. Echo is self-conscious and insecure, she just wants to be normal and fit in but she finds it nearly impossible to go back to her old life, not only because of the scars, but also due to the fact that she doesn’t remember what happened -how she got them. Then we have Noah (a.k.a. my husband) who lost his parents and is going through such a difficult time in foster care. He has a reputation for being a player and using drugs, but this is just his coping mechanism, his way of dealing with his pain. The real Noah is caring and loyal and he will do just about anything to protect his family, which consists of his two brothers and his friends Beth and Isaiah. He sees past Echo’s scars and his love ultimately restores her self-worth. Watching these two broken people fall in love and heal each other was fascinating. I realize that I may be a little biased here but I fell in love with Noah right away because, well, he resembles my husband in so many ways. Not only does the physical description match, but my husband lost his parents when he was five years old and grew up to be very much like Noah. I feel like if my husband and I had met in high school, this would’ve been our story and that’s why I will always love and cherish this book. PUSHING THE LIMITS also introduced me to this author and I have now read and loved all of her books, so I couldn’t be more grateful.
5 out of 5 stars