Sunday 5 August 2012

Review: Pushing the Limits

Title: Pushing the Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Standalone, although there is another book coming out about one of the characters.
Publication Date: August 3rd 2012

My Synopsis:
Echo has problems, she used to be popular, but since disappearing from school for a while and returning wearing only long sleeved tops in the middle of summer, she is an outcast, add to that her dead brother, mother with issues and stepmother she hates. She is referred to the new social worker at the school to help her deal with these problems, mainly her memory that refuses to remember “that” night.
Noah also has problems, he has got a rep around the school as a bad boy and is also referred to the new social worker to sort through his problems.
Inevitably the two meet.

Why I picked this book up:
It was getting great reviews and sounded like something I’d really enjoy.

Did it live up to my expectations?
I had rather high expectations from all the raving reviews, but yes it lived up to them.

What I thought:
It’s hard to really put in words how I felt about this book, I fell in love with Noah and Echo (but especially Noah!), fell in love with their relationship which felt natural and real. This book deals with many issues, but done in a brilliant way that anyone can relate to. I also really liked the playlists included at the end of the book. Best for older YA readers as there is mentions of sex and drugs. Overall, the characters felt real, the romance felt real, the whole book felt real and I said to get to the end.
I will definitely be reading Beth's story too.

My favourite quote/s from the book:
“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?”
What a great opening line.

If this book were a song it would be:
Someone Like You by Adele, both completely blew me away on first listen/read.

If this book were a food it would be:
Chocolate, comforting and delicious

Read if: You like contemporary YA

Up next for review:
The Fall by David L Dawson

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