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Pushing the Limits Hardcover – July 31, 2012
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She is the author of the full length novels Pushing the Limits, Dare You To, Crash Into You, and Take Me On and the novella, Crossing the Line.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book deals with a lot of really tough issues. Usually I have a hard time reading books like that, but I could not stop reading this one. It was written in the perfect way, and it completely drew me in. The only thing I did not like about this book was all the language. However, I think that language is normally for people who are going through what these kids had to deal with. The both had to make some really tough choices. This was such an emotional book!
I loved the romance between Noah and Echo. As much as they tried to fight it, it was still there. I really liked that we got to see the soft side of Noah when it came to Echo. It showed that he was not just a crazy bad boy, and I appreciated that. Everyone has a soft side.
This book broke my heart at times. At other times, it made my heart very happy. I don't know what else to say about this book except it was amazing and I totally recommend reading it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is one of my favorite romances (day I say favorite debut?) of 2012! The romance! The characters! The plot! The secrets! The history! The way I sound like I'm on a commercial! Pushing the Limits was just an amazing book about finding love when nothing seems possible. When everything seems hopeless.
I pretty much liked Echo's character except that she seemed so unforgiving when she should forgive, and forgives when she shouldn't. But since her mother had tried to kill her, I guess it shouldn't be surprising... But I loved her stubbornness and I loved how she was willing to do almost anything so that Noah could get his brothers back. She was independent and once she made up her mind, it took a LOT to make her budge! In all, she was a pretty good character that made the plot all the more interesting and her personality fits the story wonderfully!
Noah was...well, Noah. He's smart-ass (in a good way), a jerk (in a good way), annoying (in a...you get the point), broken, and undeniably sweet when he wanted to be. He was headstrong and reading from his POV was FUN! to say the least! He cares so much about Echo and it was just ADORABLE! I want to gush again...but I'll save you from that horror!
I. Loved. The. Romance! It wasn't insta-love. Far from it! Sure there was attraction, but that's only obvious. At first, they were just partners in crime (quite literally) who were trying to get what they wanted most. Echo, to remember what happened the day her mother tried to kill her and Noah: Getting his brothers once and for all. Two different goals, but they both need the same thing: their files. And SOMEHOW along hte way, they fallin love! It was gradual and slow, and absolutley AMAZING!Read more ›
Thoroughly heartbreaking, intensely emotional, meaningful, intelligent and swoon-worthy, it's a story of loss, trust, betrayal, finding strength to leave one's tragic past behind and courage to create a better future. A book about bonds and relationships, hopes, dreams, fears, and feelings. Most of all, it's a tale of love and its power to heal. A gorgeous, one-of-a-kind, breathtaking novel that will leave you tear-streaked and with a huge smile on your face.
Two people. A damaged, scarred, disoriented girl whose life fell apart when a person she trusted and loved the most tried to kill her. A seemingly tough, careless boy who lost everything -- his parents, his brothers, his future -- when a tragic house fire claimed the lives of his mom and dad. Both lost. Both scared. Both desperately trying to find meaning in their lives, something to hold on to, something normal. When these two get paired up for tutoring sessions their initial dislike and distrust towards each other slowly blooms into mutual attraction. Attraction so strong that it burns with fierce brightness and all-consuming passion. Are they strong enough to face their pasts? Will they end up saving each other, or will they crush and burn?
This book was beautiful.
It cracked my heart open, touched my soul, made me think, and left me utterly speechless. So heartbreaking, and yet so uplifting and full of hope at the same time. While the developing relationship between Noah and Echo was obviously the main focus of the story, the plot line was not limited to their romantic endeavours. This book offers so much more than just a love story.Read more ›
This book was so good! I don't read a lot of contemporary novels but this book sucked me in completely and I had to force myself to put it down.I was near tears half the time and yelling "Why them?" to myself through the other half.
I just want to give this guy a hug.
Noah was such an awesome guy and so many bad things have happened to him but he's still good inside.I loved this character.He had so much depth and so many layers.I have no WORDS to describe how much I liked this guy.He wasn't a jerk ( BONUS POINTS ) and he was always just there for Echo and his family.
My main problem with this character is her name.I'm sorry but Echo is such a lame name.Aside from this, I have no problems with her.I want to give her a hug too.She's been through so much too .In my opinion she's been through tougher times than Noah in some instances.I loved her character too.Even if she wasn't talking to a guy ,she still helped him out.She's so strong inside.
All the characters were memorable and this story leaves a very strong impression.It's not a light read but I enjoyed reading this book.I cannot believe this is written by a debut author, it's such a beautiful book.
MY main problem with this novel is the amount of profanity used.I don't usually notice the amount of swear words used but almost every sentence out of Noah's mouth had a profanity and I'm just not used to that.I get why the author used it but it still made me a little uncomfortable.The other problem was something I'm not sure will be there in the finished copy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Okay, confession time: I really despise McGarry's covers. I don't say this lightly, either. To me, they are not appealing in any way, just cheesy and overdone. Read morePublished 1 day ago by YEARNING TO READ
Love love love this book! I started it last night and I'm already finished, I couldn't put it down. It has romance, mystery, drama, horror and it has me in tears a few times. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Caitlin binedell
I had heard good things about this series, but approached it warily because high school romance is not generally my speed anymore. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Clio Reads
The first in young adult series... 8grd and up.
A traumatized Echo is unable to remember the events that pushed her life on its head. Read more
I love a good book boyfriend,and Noah was wonderful.Rough around the edges,but completely sweet and in love with his girl. Read morePublished 1 month ago by kelly
Wow, I really could not put this down until I finished. Noah's and Echo's love story left me wanting more about the main characters
and their friends as well. Read more
I finished this book about a month ago but haven't had a chance to sit down and write my review until now. Read morePublished 1 month ago by quibecca
I wanted to like this story, I just couldn’t. It seems somewhere stuck between YA and NA as I don’t think it is at all appropriate for a young teen. Read morePublished 1 month ago by 1987
This was a trip into classic YA territory. When YA is written well, it truly is my favourite genre. Pushing the limits fitted beautifully into my expectations. Read more