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There are just mounds of problems presented in this book. The social scene of high school, drug use, minor alcohol use, the foster care system, mental illness, suicide, death, marital affairs, teenage sex... It is at times overwhelming that so many issues were hit so hard. But I also recognize that any and all of those issues belong to so many of us. We can all connect in some way with Echo and Noah. (awesome names, btw)
While I can recognize the value of the message and even appreciate much of this book I would be lying if I said that I loved it. My biggest problem with the book was the swearing. I was honestly floored by the extreme use of the F word. I counted 64 times that the F word was used. 64! Are you kidding me? In one book? For young adults ages 15-25? I'm sorry, but I think that is insane. I know that the author was portraying a character and he was rough around the edges. I know what she was going for. I still think the repeated swearing was overboard. For me, it completely detracted from the story. Now, before I get tons of hate comments, I know that this is MY OPINION and not necessarily shared by everyone else. I know that I am in a minority as to my offense at swearing. But, this is the forum to share my opinion and I have people who follow my reviews that would care to know this. Especially if their kids are thinking of reading this book. Along with the F word, every other swear word was used, many, many times. There was also frequent profanity (God or Jesus used as an exclamation).
This I finished in one night. And then promptly added to my Goodreads favorites shelf. And it was my brother's 16 birthday to boot.
The thing about this book is that it's not JUST about romance. The issues that Echo is dealing with (those scares came from something her mother was involved in, she's worried she's bipolar AND her father is expecting a baby with the twenty-something woman he replaced her mother with. Who was once Echo's babysitter, no less.) and the issues that Noah are dealing with (he's in the foster system, separated from his two younger brothers, trying to reunite his family) are REAL. They are important. They are powerful. And, hey, if they happen to fall in love on the way, that's cool too.
Originally, I wasn't very happy with Echo. She was letting her father and everyone else really control her life and molding her into something she really didn't want to be. The important thing, though, is that this is just another part of the story. McGarry recognizes the problem and then makes sure Echo DEALS with it instead of being a simpering, inactive female lead the whole time.
Noah, too, started out as your typical, cliché, slacker-pot smoker. Then you add the layer of his parents death and his brothers and suddenly he, too, becomes a three-dimensional character. I've enjoyed contemps with male leads who were just the typical, but Noah brought this book to a whole other level.
Sure, to like this book, you've got to like drama. You have to be cool with a lot of crying, teenage freaking out and-yes-some teenage school drama. But what I loved is that, for once, even the school drama really got me. After all, I can only imagine how much courage it took for Echo to walk into the cafeteria of her school with her scars bared.
In points, it does get a bit preachy, but I let it slide. I was actually shocked at how it was NOAH's ending scene with his brothers that made me tear up a little bit. Usually I empathize with the girl because the guy doesn't really have much going for him. I loved the switch.
Pushing the Limits was almost like a YA Nicholas Sparks book. Only better, because it had a happy ending. It was a book with a message that KNEW it had a message, but I also could still feel the power coming off the pages. I am way too much excited for the companion novel McGarry is writing, and this one isn't even out yet.
The bottom line: If you are a contemporary YA lover, you NEED to read this. Even if you aren't, like me, I absolutely recommend that you give this a try.