July 30, 2012

Review of Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry with Q & A and Giveaway

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post
and check out the Q & A with Katie McGarry! 

“I won’t tell anyone, Echo. I promise.” Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. “You didn’t do that-did you? It was done to you?” No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

So wrong for each other…and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry
Publish Date:  July 31, 2012
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
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We were no way paid for our opinion **

I heard the hype surround Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry and I needed to know what the what was all about!  Of course sometimes when books are totally hyped up, my biggest worry is that the book will not live up to said hype.

Yah, Pushing The Limits totally lived up to the hype and totally exceeded my expectations.  It was a book that brought out all my emotions.  It was a rollercoaster ride of epic emotional proportions.  I hugged this book so many times while I was reading it that my family seriously thought there was something wrong with me.  I didn’t want to let go!  I didn’t want it to end!  I craved it to the very core.  I didn’t want to do anything else but read the story of Echo and Noah.

Imagine having something so tragic and mind blowing happen to you, and not remembering any of it.  For main character, Echo Emerson, that is a nightmare that she is living.  One day Echo is one of the most popular girls in school dating one of the most popular boys at school, and the next day she’s a social outcast, shunned by the very people she trusted, now avoiding everyone and everything.  Echo literally bears the scars of her past on her hands and arms and doesn’t remember the events that happened on that tragic night with her mother which caused those scars.  After seeing multiple social workers/counsellors who are trying to help her remember what happened and have failed, Echo has been assigned a new counsellor, Mrs. Collins, who helps Echo in more ways than she knows.

Echo’s not the only one who has a past that haunts them.  Enter sexy, badass, playboy Noah.  Noah is seen as one of the social rejects at school.  After the death of his parents, Noah and his two younger brothers are thrown into the social system.  Unfortunately, Noah’s various foster families have been hell on earth.  Due to an altercation involving a previous foster dad, Noah is restricted in seeing his little brothers who have been placed in a different foster home together.  All Noah wants is for his family to be together again.  That’s when the system decides that Noah must meet with Mrs. Collins to deal with his issues and possible help him with his brothers.

The stars have aligned and Echo and Noah are thrown together defying their friends and social status.  And it’s with each other that they both find the strength to face the problems that they have deep in their hearts and souls.  But will their love for each other be enough?

The story of Echo and Noah is a love story that I will never forget.  There was so much raw emotion poured into the pages of this book that it burrows deep into your mind and refuses to leave.  Not that I want it to.  I know that this book will be one of my most favorite reads of all times.  I cried, I laughed, and quite honestly, I was grinning like a mad fool through a majority of this book!  The emotional parts that caused me to use my ever present tissues were so beautifully written and were truly unforgettable moments.

Author, Katie McGarry, breathed in so much life in to all the characters in Pushing The Limits, but especially when it came down to Echo and Noah.   I mean, come one!  Noah is one swoon worthy leading male.  His coy, playful demeanor had me crushing on him all over the place.  The way he spoke, his actions, his bad boy ways, and most definitely his sweetness won him over time and time again, and easily placed him as a must have book boyfriend.

You can’t help but love Noah and Echo to pieces!  To want to be in their lives and see what the next day will bring them.  To be able to bear witness to the very ghosts that haunt them felt like I was peering into a window of someone else’s very personal life.  That I was allowed a glimpse into their lives, and watch them grow from their problems.

This beautiful coming of age story was a truly touching read that I feel all book lovers should read and experience for themselves.  Pushing The Limits is a story that will always hold a special place in your heart.  An unforgettable love story…   Please let there be a movie…please let there be a movie!

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A Q&A With Katie McGarry


Q: What was your inspiration for writing Pushing the Limits?

A: I had two main inspirations: One, I knew from the beginning that I wanted to write a story in which my characters felt strong enough to leave their pasts behind and create new futures for themselves. The first scene I ever saw in my mind was Echo and Noah leaving town after graduation. Two, I wanted to write two characters who were facing over- whelming issues and who, through battling these issues, found hope at the end of their journey.


Q: How did you come up with Echo’s name?

A: Echo went through several name changes as I wrote the manuscript. For a while, she had a very normal name, but it alwaysfelt off. It wasn’t until I looked at Echo from her mother’s point of view that I found her name. Echo’s mother loved Greek mythology so it made perfect sense that she would name her children after the myths. I read several Greek myths and the moment I found Echo’s, I fell in love. Echo, to me, was the girl who lost her voice. Thankfully, she finds it by the end.


Q: Which character is the most “like” you?

A: All of them. I gave each character a piece of me (though some have larger slices of me than others). Overall, I’d say I’m a strange combination of Echo, Lila and Beth. Echo has my need to please, Lila has my unfailing loyalty to my friends and Beth encompasses my insecurities.


Q: Did you experience friendships with Grace types when you were in high school?

A: Yes. And the more people have read this story, the more this question comes up. Grace has struck a stronger nerve in people than I ever would have imagined. It seems most of us have unfortunately experienced a relationship where a person wants to “like” you and wants “be your friend,” but only if it serves their needs. In case anyone is wondering, that isn’t friendship.


Q: Are there any parts of the story you feel particularly close to?

A: Yes. The relationship between Noah, Isaiah and Beth. Beyond my parents and sister, my nearest family members were over fourteen hours away. My friends became my family. The people I grew up with were more than people I watched movies with or talked to occasionally on the phone. These were people with whom I shared life’s most devastating moments, but also my hardest laughs. These were people who I would have willingly died for and I know they would have done the same for me. They shared my triumphs with smiles on their faces and congratulatory hugs. They held me when I cried and offered to beat up whoever hurt my feelings. These were also the same people who were more than happy to get in my face if they thought I was making a wrong decision.


Q: Did anything that happens to Echo happen to you?

A: Sort of. I was bitten by a dog when I was in second grade and repressed the memory. It felt very strange to have no memory of an incident that other people knew about. It was even stranger to have injuries and not have an inkling where they came from. In college, I finally remembered the incident when a dog lunged at me. I relived the horrible event and sort of “woke up” a few minutes later to find myself surrounded by people I loved. Even though I “remember” the incident, I still don’t remember the whole thing. I only see still frames in my mind and there is no blood in any of the memories.

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and she remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings and reality television, and is a  secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Writing has given Katie an excuse to pursue her passions. Research for her books has provided her with the amazing opportunity to train with baseball players, ride along in a drag car at ninety-six miles per hour  and experience boxing and mixed martial arts. Katie loves to visit schools and talk to teenagers about her research, writing and the truth that no dream is out of reach.

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  1. Samantha R.

    I’ve already read it and it’s fabulous. Can’t wait to own a copy to grace my shelves and reread again and again.

  2. Amethyst

    I’m looking forward to reading this book because I really like the synopsis and I’ve been hearing nothing but positive reviews on this book. Thank you for the giveaway!

  3. Kelly

    I have read all the glowing reviews and I want in on it too!. Plus, I love a book with rollercoaster emotions and when an author can make you cry! Love it,I can’t wait! If my book budget allowed it, I would already have purchased it!

  4. Rose

    I want to read this book because it sounds really good and the story is intriguing.

  5. Megan

    I’m looking forward to reading Pushing the Limits because I’ve read a bunch of great reviews and repressed memories sounds very cool!

  6. Carl

    Lots of buzz, great reviews, and I want to find out how she got those scars on her arms. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  7. Maegan Morin

    I have read so many good reviews! I want to read it because it would be a nice change of pace from what I have been reading lately.

  8. Lisa Richards

    all the reviews are glowing and I added it so time back to my wishlist

  9. Violette

    I can’t wait to read this book! I want to read it because it does not sound “fluffy” like other YA books, plus I have heard nothing but great reviews about it.

  10. Natasha

    I want to read it because it sounds really good and I’ve heard all good things about it! Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. Sarika Patkotwar

    I’m looking forward to reading Pushing The Limits because, 1) It has such a nice cover; 2) The summary is so interesting. Noah seems to be a sexy and sweet guy!; and 3) I’ve only been reading good stuff about this book.
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  12. Molly F.

    I’ve read so many reviews about Pushing the Limits and interviews with Katie McGarry that I’m dying to finally sit down and read the book from cover to cover.

  13. Christina K.

    This sounds like a wonderful issue contemp with excellent characters and a real romance – that’s why I’m sure it will rock:)

  14. Gale Nelson

    all the reviews I have read on this are great and I look forward to reading it.

  15. Maneesha Haroon

    I have been hearing amazing stuff about this book and I cant wait to get my hands on one!
    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  16. Veronika Briseño

    it sounds really interesting I really want to read this book.

  17. Grace Lo

    I’ve heard a lot about Pushing the Limits, and would love to read it. Books about memory losses always seem interesting to me, probably because of the suspense in unlocking memories.

  18. Erika

    I’m looking forward to reading it because it looks like a great contemporary story and I’ve heard so many great reviews about it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. starryblue

    I can already picture Pushing the Limits becoming one of my Favorite 2012 Reads. I’ve so many good thoughts on the book that I would like to experience reading the book.

  20. Aza Saku

    I’m excited to read this because of all the hype

  21. DeeDee Griffin

    I’m hearing a lot of good buzz abut this book. Plus the cover is hot :)

  22. Cricket

    I really like the synopsis and it sounds like a good read.

  23. Lexi E.

    I’ve heard so many great things about it and I just have that overall excitement to read it!

  24. Gaby

    Not only does it have an amazing cover but that summary WOW. A lot a of great buzz about this book :D

  25. Kristy F

    I’ve heard so many incredible things about it and it sounds fantastic! Thanks for the chance to win!

  26. Siobhan

    I have wanted to read this book for soo long! Thanks for the giveaway and the awesome Q &A!

  27. Siobhan

    I am looking forward to reading this book because of all the amazing things i am hearing through the bloggerverse, sounds amazing!

  28. Cyn

    I want to curl up with a good nonparanormal book.

  29. alicia marie

    I’m looking forward to reading it because everything I’ve read or heard about it has been how awesome it is! I can’t wait to read it : )

  30. Caroline

    I read the first four chapters in an online promotion before it was a big hit and was intrigued, to say the least! I would love to have my own copy to finish it.

  31. Tiffany

    I read it via Netgalley as an e-arc and it was AMAZING!! I’d love a chance to win a finished copy!!

  32. Stella C

    I don’t usually real a lot of contemporary and I’ve heard so many positives things from this book that I am hoping this book will get me more into the genre.

  33. Cassandra M

    Everyone I have talked to has loved this book. I am still a little nervous about reading it but I probably will anyway. :D

  34. latisha depoortere

    I want to read this because I have heard so much about it and sounds like a great book!

  35. Zara Alexis

    As a book blogger myself, I’m always looking forward to adding books to my TBR list! Not to mention read a little romance over the summer. Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. Mare S

    I keep hearing great reviews of this book and it’s already on my TBR list on GoodReads. Sounds like something I would enjoy.

  37. Jaime Lester

    It sounds really good, but do you want to know the truth? So many of my most trusted reviewers and bloggers in the world of the net have nothing but the best things to say about Pushing the Limits. I have been lucky enough to read some amazing books thanks to HALF as many great reviews. With this many great reviews, I feel like I am up for something mind blowing with Pushing the Limits!

  38. Maureen

    It has had some great reviews and it looks like an amazing story.

  39. kimbacaffeinate

    I am totally looking forward to reading this..i am new to contemporary YA and am told I do not want to miss this.

  40. I’ve heard so many positive reviews about it and everyone has been telling me to read Pushing The Limits!

  41. Jolene A

    I’ve love all the reviews on this book and it sounds like an amazing read!!!

  42. Kristin Clifton

    Well, since I already read it, what drew me to it was how it sounded like Perfect Chemistry but it didn’t (make sense?). I think it was the mystery of Echo’s scars and how in the world these two were going to get together.

  43. jennifer k

    I’ve heard a lot of great things about the book. So i really need to read it.

  44. Erin D.

    The hype that has surrounded this book is huge. How can you not want to read this book, plus it never hurts to hear that the romance is epic.

  45. I’m looking forward to re-reading this book over and over and over again – it was that amazing!!!! The characters and plot just blow me away.

  46. JennyC

    I’m looking forward to reading about Noah and Echo and their lives:)

  47. Valeria Andrea

    Well… I’ve heard it has very high hints of bittersweetness, & that’s just my thing. So, I just want to read it & prove if it can melt my heart as people assures me it will~

  48. I’ve already read and I love Pushing the Limits. I’m most looking forward to OWNING it because it is one of my absolute faves of the year!

  49. Daniel M

    sounds like a fun one, thanks for the giveaway!

  50. Kayla Jonassen

    The reviews I have seen have all said AMAZING things. looking forward to getting into this book

  51. I have heard only Great things about this book so of course I am dying to read it.

  52. Hwa Sun

    I actually read it already. It’s really good :)

  53. Denise Z

    I have heard so many good things about Pushing the Limits I am a little afraid I will be too hyped up, but I am with you in that I love to love the characters and is certainly sounds like there are some great ones in this book :)

  54. Kassandra Fuentes

    I am truly looking forward to reading all of the content in the book, especially the characters:).

  55. Eva

    it sounds like such a good book — angst and romance!

  56. Lacey T

    I’ve heard so many people like it and I love contemporary YA books! :)

  57. Viki S.

    I want to read Pushing Limits because the reviews have been great and it sounds like a very gripping read.

  58. Marian

    I’ve been meaning to read it since FOREVER and I just couldn’t get a copy. :3
    Have a great day!
    Cool giveaway, btw!

  59. Cordelia

    I’ve read so many astounding reviews about this book that it’s time I pick up a copy!!

  60. Adriane

    This story just sounds amazing!

  61. Melissa

    I think I am so excited to read this book from all the great reviews I have read so far.

    I must say though, this is the first time I have seen the book trailer and it has just sealed the deal on how wonderful this book will be

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