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Going Too Far [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Echols
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)

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HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO?

All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far...and almost doesn't make it back.

John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won't soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won't be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge -- and over....


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"Naughty in all the best ways...the perfect blend of romance, wit, and rebelliousness. I loved it!" -- Niki Burnham, author of Royally Jacked and Sticky Fingers

About the Author

Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. Her nine romantic novels for young adults have been published in seven languages and have won the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice Award, the Write Touch Readers’ Award, the Beacon, and the Booksellers’ Best Award. Her novel Going Too Far was a finalist in the RITA and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. Simon & Schuster debuted her adult and new adult romance novels in 2013, with many more of her teen novels scheduled for the next few years. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son. Visit her on the web at Jennifer-Echols.com.

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  • File Size: 2393 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: MTV Books (April 4, 2009)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLL5BS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,048 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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98 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Buy May 18, 2009
Format:Paperback
All Meg has ever wanted is to escape from her backwater hometown. Away from certain memories, away from her parents who seem to want to suffocate her in their dull lives...away from everything. And it looks like she's getting her wish, it's almost spring break and she's going on a trip to Miami and see the beach.

But then, Meg and a few friends end up on a bridge where, a few years ago, some kids died. They're caught by a cop, John After, who's only 19 years old and was one of the top students of his year...Meg can't imagine why he would choose to remain tied down in the tiny town and work as a cop. But John is connected, strangely, to the bridge and Meg and her friends' stunt provokes him to want to teach them a memorable lesson.

Meg is assigned to join John After during his night shifts for a week, to learn about the law and the importance of it.

Only, Meg isn't one to be complacent and she pushes to find out exactly what promoted John to remain bound to the small town that she's so determined to escape from. And he fights back, and stretches her boundaries in an attempt to figure out exactly why Meg refuses to remain in the small Alabama town that has shaped both of their lives so much.

So, this was my second Jennifer Echols novel. I'd always intended to read The Boys Next Door, but for some reason, I never got around to it. I *did* read Major Crush which was a pretty cute ro-com read. But then I read Going Too Far. It blew Major Crush away.

I'd expected Going Too Far to be good. To be great, even. I was sure that when I reviewed it, I'd tackle it like most of the other books I've reviewed. Normal and level-headed. Except this time, I have no CHOICE but to let loose and write a completely fan-girly review of Going Too Far.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Troubled Teens With Angst Collide March 16, 2009
By Tiffany
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
In Jennifer Echols' Going Too Far, two teens full of their own personal demons meet one night under volatile circumstances and end up pushing each other to his/her limit while falling in love.

The characters are real and interesting, showing great development from the first page. Meg feels like a real troubled teen, who is not without humor or sarcasm, though she is not happy with her lot. John also has his own issues to work out, and is nothing like normal from the beginning. The side characters are engaging and realistic, as well.

Told in first person perspective, Meg describes what is happening in her life, and is honest enough about herself the reader can mostly trust what she sees and feels. The writing is easy to follow and flows rather nicely.

While there are no big surprises in the story, I was still impressed by all the little details the author tied into the plot. No strings were left untied, and everything that happened or was said had some meaning and was important in some way. The novel was tight and concise, making the story and reading experience even better.

I would recommend this teen novel to anyone who wants some drama, heartache, and growth in their teen romance. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and will not hesitate to pick up the next book by this author.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Words! Brilliant! March 15, 2009
Format:Paperback
This book was HOT! The chemistry and banter between Meg and John (Officer After) could keep me reading for probably a 1,000 pages. It was an absolute pleasure to read I couldn't get enough of it.

Echols writing style is just perfect to me, it's humorous and detailed and random, everything I love. She created a very likable character in Meg, someone who intentionally creates a somewhat shocking appearance (blue hair) and attitude to protect herself but little by little we learn more about Meg and the reason she is the way she is and you can't help being on her side and wanting to be her friend. And John, man, I loved reading about this boy. I don't even know what to say.

I loved reading about John and Meg on night patrol and watching Meg realize she's falling in love with him. It's pretty cute to see this punk haired bad-a%* girl get kind of self conscious around John. There is a great push and pull between them that keeps you on edge, needing to know where this is going to go.

I'm at a loss for words of how to express how much I loved this book! It has so very many things going for it, GREAT characters (main and secondary) a great premise, humor, pain.... just please, do yourself a favor and read this book! I'll definitely be reading the rest of the author's books!

And seriously, when can I see the movie version? :P
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great, until the end. August 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really liked this book... until the end. When I got to the end I kind of sat there and went WTF?

Most of the book centers around Meg and John. Meg is a wild child who gets caught drunk and high on a bridge in a small Alabama town. John is a police officer who catches her. As part of her plea deal, she has to ride along with him for a week (the week that would have been her spring break). During that week, Meg and John start to develop feelings that come to a head a few days after the week is over.

Meg was compelling. I loved her attitude and found her backstory to be compelling. There were times I thought she went a little overboard on the hate for her parents, but she is 17 and has gone through a lot with them so I kind of understand.

***SPOILERS BELOW!!***

John was great, until the end where I felt like the author rushed things and kind of ruined his character. He became a police officer very young (at 19) because he was very driven and that was what he wanted to do with his life. At the end he basically decides to go back to college and give all of that up because of Meg, who he has known for one week. Becoming a police officer is a long process and from how he acted throughout the book, it sounded like it was something he was very passionate about. Getting a job as a cop takes a long time, and the training takes a long time, and while sometimes people quit, for the most part it's not a job where people come and go like they would at a McDonalds or a restaurant. It's a career, not a job. And John seemed so in to the whole job (not just the bridge), so it bothered me that he was just going to give it all up at the end because of one week with Meg. Sorry, I guess that was a bit of a rant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love how she brought her complex characters to life on ...
Going Too Far is my second foray into the works of Jennifer Echols, and now I'm absolutely certain I need to catch up on reading the rest of her work. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars
Going Too Far involves two individuals both trying to find their way and in the midst of this discover love as well
Published 2 months ago by DA
5.0 out of 5 stars I love everything Jennifer Echols writes this was the first book ...
I love everything Jennifer Echols writes this was the first book of hers i ever read and it is one of my favorites!
Published 3 months ago by Abbigayle
1.0 out of 5 stars Overrated and Obsessed
I bought this because of the good ratings, but it was such a let down. The main character, Meg, is not likable, frankly, she's just annoying. Read more
Published 3 months ago by siena
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
probably would have given it 3 1/2 stars, but couldn't figure out how to do 1/2 a star. Thanks!
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I wasn’t sure what to get from Jennifer Echols in Going Too Far. Her two previous novels had been Simon Rom-Coms, and this one wasn’t. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Anna LaGrois
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Contemporary Read
I really enjoyed this book! First of all, I love Jennifer Echols writing style and was excited to read this! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Laura B
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick, fun read
This was a quick, fun read about two kids who had good reasons for being the way they were. As such, the story held together and kept my interest to the end. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Claire
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay.
This book finds Meg and John in an unusual situation. John is a cop and only 19 years old. Meg is 17 and a senior in high school. Read more
Published 11 months ago by micharch
3.0 out of 5 stars Sort of a love/hate book for me
Maybe it's the parent in me, but I have a hard time with a police officer falling for a 17 year old high school senior. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Red, Red, they call me Red
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Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama--a setting that has inspired many of her books. Her nine romantic novels for young adults have been published in seven languages and have won the National Readers' Choice Award, the Aspen Gold Readers' Choice Award, the Write Touch Readers' Award, the Beacon, and the Booksellers' Best Award. Her novel GOING TOO FAR was a finalist in the RITA and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. Simon & Schuster will debut her adult romance novels in 2013, with many more of her teen novels scheduled for the next few years. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son.

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