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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Posted by Irish in 5 Stars, Review, Young Adult3 Comments

Title: Pushing the Limits (Buy the book.)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 31 July 2012
Series or Standalone: Series/Companion Book
ISBN: 0373210493
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384

The author on the web:
Katie McGarry – Official Site
Katie McGarry – Blog
Katie McGarry – Twitter

Place(s) Traveled to:Eastwick, Kentucky

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

First Line: “My father is a control freak, I hate my stepmother, my brother is dead and my mother has… well … issues. How do you think I’m doing?” That’s how I would have loved to respond to Mrs. Collins’ question, but my father placed too much importance on appearance for me to answer honestly. Instead, I blinked three times and said, “Fine.”

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Pushing the Limits Series Order – Companion Book
Book 1: Pushing the Limit
Book: 1.5: Crossing the Line
Book 2: Dare You To
Book 3: Crash Into You
Book 4: Take Me On

Internet, I am having trouble on trying to decide where to begin with my thoughts on Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry. When I first heard about this book I thought it my be your typical YA contemporary and that it wouldn’t really stand out from the crowd. Then it just seemed to be everywhere with much love given to it and my interest was peaked. Once I started Pushing the Limits I found that I couldn’t put it down. I was sucked into this story and loved every page. McGarry made me laugh and cry and feel every emotion in between. Oh the feels that were felt!

Echo and Noah are both broken characters and in the other person they find what they need to move forward and find a new normal. They are both trying so hard to reclaim what was that they are missing out on the what’s happening right now. Together, along with the the help of the formidable Mrs Collins, they learn to let go of what was and accept what is. Its such a powerful story of love and loss and betrayal and just about anything you can think of. It all just depends on how you look at a particular event. I loved Echo and Noah’s relationship and everything about them and their story was so very realistic. During the time I spent within the pages of Pushing the Limits this world was a tangible thing. I could see it every time I closed my eyes to blink and felt it in every heartbeat.

Of all the characters in this book I think that my favorite was Mrs Collins. I am so glad that she is fictional because if she was real should would strike fear and awe deep into my heart. The real world is missing something though because she is fictional because she would do so much good. Though I think that she is a magician. Really, the woman was spooky with her vibes and apparating all over the place. And yes, I firmly believe that she apparated because her driving was just ATROCIOUS! Not that people can’t be crazy drivers…because heaven knows my co-worker Angie could give Mrs Collins a run for her money there…but you’ll just have to trust me on this one. Mrs Collins is a wizard.

If you’ve been on the fence about Pushing the Limits then I seriously suggest that you jump off of it and dive into this story. It was one that I didn’t expect to love but found I enjoyed it more than words can say. The only problem with this book was that it ended. My only consolation is that there will be at least one, hopefully more, companion story Dare You To which will be released an eternity from now and will tell Beth’s story. Beth is a character that you meet often over the course of Pushing the Limits but you only learn a little about her. She is definitely a character that I am looking forward to learning more about so I can’t wait for 2013 to get here.

This is one of those books that I can’t stress enough that everyone should read it. Its definitely going onto my “bully list” so friends, you have been warned. I am also certain that this is a story that I will want to re-read often. It just hit all the right notes and made me feel all the right feelings that it will be a lovely companion in the years to come. Or maybe even now because even though I just finished it I am itching to start this whole story all over again.

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