Sunday, July 29, 2012

Pushing The Limits, by Katie McGarry- Review and Giveaway

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.

I'll be honest, this cover would have been a full blown turn off for me if I was shopping for this book, but instead I acquired it in one of the Harlequin Teen group signings at the BEA.  Katie McGarry was signing with Julie Kagawa, and Kady Cross (among others), and so I came upon a copy of Pushing the Limits by default.  And I'm glad I did, because although it doesn't have the curb appeal that would normally draw me in, the story was intense and totally gratifying.

McGarry's debut is a steamy YA romance with a gripping mystery behind it.  Echo's accident, and Noah's background are the quintessential mix for an opposites attract romance, and McGarry plays up Noah's bad boy rep while balancing his good boy past to make him Echo's surprisingly perfect match.  Mixed into their hot romance is the gradual reveal of both of their complicated backgrounds.  Noah's struggle with the foster system and his hope to one day reclaim his little brothers is a poignant reminder that not all teen experiences are about who is dating whom and how you'll make it through Calculus this semester.  Meanwhile, Echo's struggle with a Bi-Polar parent is an honest look at how even the popular kids can't survive everything.

Expect a higher level of steam then the average YA, McGarry doesn't toy around with clandestine smooches or romantic posturing, be prepared for black lace panties and Noah fussing with Jeans that are getting too tight.

Apparently McGarry's follow up is going to be about Beth, another broken teen and friend/co-foster kid to Noah.  I love the idea of a companion novel instead of the stereotypical trilogy, and am eager to see where she'll take these characters next.

Not your typical teen novel, Pushing the Limits was a bit gutsier than normal, and thoroughly enjoyable. But don't take my word for it!  Throw your name in the pot for a chance to win you're own copy!

Pushing the Limits, by Katie McGarry
Published by Harelquin Teen,  July 31st, 2012
My copy acquired at the BEA
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  1. I've seen this book a few times getting good reviews so I can't wait to pick it up.

  2. The Author's writing style was engaging and pulled you directly into the story subjunctive first chapter. The combined mystery, liver story, romance, drama and character dynamics are appealing to both YA and mature adult. I look forward to the next installment. Thanks for not leaving us all in limbo which is what 90percent of the young adult authors are doing.

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