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Going Too Far Paperback – March 17, 2009
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"A brave and powerful story, searingly romantic and daring, yet also full of hilarious moments. Meg's voice will stay in your head long after the intense conclusion." -- R. A. Nelson, author of Teach Me and Breathe My Name
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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. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son. Visit her at Jennifer-Echols.com.
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Both Meg and John undergo significant growth over the course of Going Too Far. This story is very much centered on the development of the characters and Jennifer Echols certainly did a great job executing their subtle and yet poignant transformations. Haunted by their pasts, together John and Meg force each other to face their emotional scars, balancing one another with their vast differences while their time together reveals similarities that allows their connection to grow. John’s serious, overprotective, and by-the-book personality clashes with Meg’s fearless, wild, and oftentimes self-destructive ways, resulting in some awkward and hilarious moments along with a building tension that is utterly electric. As the motives behind their individual behavior come to light, I found myself caught up in the emotional upheaval surrounding this couple. Meg’s surprising vulnerability tugged on my heartstrings while John’s own fears definitely left their mark.
Meg and John’s world was made complete by a handful of great secondary characters that, through their relationships, helped to further develop our main characters. I easily enjoyed the various personalities that contributed to this couple’s story, appreciating the levity and heart they brought to the novel. Going Too Far is not the kind of book that passes in a whirlwind of action and suspense. Instead this journey is a slow burn, one that will make you feel but only really allow you to see how far you’ve ventured at the final page. Drawn to this couple’s unlikely chemistry, strange friendship, and unmistakable connection, Jennifer Echols has expertly crafted this storyline to highlight the heartache that colors John and Meg’s world and the mistakes that made this couple who they are. Going Too Far is beautifully written and undeniably moving, a smart, funny, and heartfelt coming of age novel that will leave you wanting more.
Officer After arrests her and her friends one night as they trespass on a railroad bridge despite the warnings that they are trespassing and the story that they don't know if it's true or not, of two kids being killed on the bridge when the girl's shoe got caught in the bridge tie and the boy stayed with her rather than leave her. They'd joked about it, but while they are sitting in the police cars, the train rumbles by and they sober up thinking about it. The other couple with Meg and her partner in crime, Eric, are the valedictorian and salutitorian of their high school. The valedictorian has never had a drink in her life and doesn't take being arrested very well.
Meg ends up being paired up with Officer After for five days during her Spring Break as punishment for her little stunt. Her friends have to pull similar duties with the firemen and ambulance. The only one that gets off is Eric, the college dropout with a powerful lawyer father. In those five days, Meg and Officer After, and John After, the man behind the uniform get to know each other and learn things about themselves and each other that truly surprise each other and themselves.
I know it's only five days, but both characters show enormous character growth especially emotionally. They needed to, believe me. They were both stuck in the past. Meg lived life dangerously because of something that had happended in her past and After lived life cautiously because of something in his past. It takes the help of the other to recognize this. Whether they move on or not, well you need to read it.
This was a fast simple read and very enjoyable. I was tired and needed something to put me to sleep. It didn't. I hadn't slept in 36 hours but finished all but the last 30 pages before my meds kicked in and though I wanted to, I couldn't keep my eyes open to finish. It was the first thing I did after I took the kids to school.
I recommend this to anyone that enjoys coming of age stories. Echols creates believable characters and dialogue. We got to see into Meg's mind and heart, but she kept her biggest secret hidden until she revealed it to Officer After. The story was told from her POV. There is teenage drinking, sex and talking about sex. And drug use, pot. So keep it in mind when your teen reads it. There isn't a lot of any of it except the suggestive talking and references to sex.
Meg doesn’t notice him at first, which I thought was done great. I kept wondering, is this him? Is that the guy?
She knew he was built, but didn’t find him attractive. Then as her punishment, she rode with him for a week, she soon saw more of him.
The more they talked, the more you could feel their chemistry. They got on each others nerves, but you could tell it was a type of foreplay for them.
John wants more, but not Meg. She still has some issues, until they went too far and now find that they need each other more than ever.
There is pretty good action scenes but I was waiting for something to happen to her while they were patrolling, but nothing did.
It’s slow, but captivating and I loved it!
This gets 4 PIGGIES!!
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