- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: MIRA Ink; First edition edition (3 Aug. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184845077X
- ISBN-13: 978-1848450776
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (647 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 417,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Pushing the Limits Paperback – 3 Aug 2012
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The love story of the year - Teen Now
A real page-turner --Mizz
A romance with a difference --Bliss
I adored everything about this book and think it s an amazing debut. It s definitely one of my favourite contemps of 2012 and I already can t wait for Dare You To a companion novel to Pushing the Limits to come out! Highly recommend to fans of hard hitting, edgy, contemporary and to anyone who loves a smouldering, sexy, consuming love story to boot! --Jess Hearts Books Blog
McGarry s debut YA novel Pushing The Limits is an edgy YA romance that doesn t shy of pulling punches.McGarry is definitely a YA author to keep an eye out for; I m very interested to see what she will write next and she certainly can write sexual tension very well. --Choose YA Blog
Pushing the Limits was a sucker punch of a story, so beautifully and tragically told that now over a week since I finished reading I still can't get it out of my head, full of brilliant one liners and descriptive prose it really is going to be a hard book to beat, without a doubt my favourite contemporary of the year so far. --Read and Repeat Blog
About the Author
KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and 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. Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.
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Echo and Noah are two troubled teens with unthinkable pasts. They are thrown together at the lowest point of their lives; Echo is battling with the memories of the most horrific night of her life and Noah is losing his visiting rights to see his younger brothers, the only family he has left. When Echo and Noah meet, they don't immediately get along. Echo believes that Noah is a girl-using boy in a black jacket with nothing else to do but get high. Noah thinks Echo is a strange, hot girl who doesn't seem to have a social life. But as time goes buy they realise they have more in common than either them could have guessed.
Wow. Just wow. I knew I was going to like this book from reading many gushing and hyped-up fan girling reviews, I just didn't expect to love this much! The plot, the characters, the writing style, the description, the dialogue, damn, I couldn't bare to put it down to go to the toilet. McGarry had me from chapter 1.
I adore the characters. They all have different, yet entertaining, personalities and interesting backgrounds. My favourite character would definitely be Noah. Sorry! I can't help it. He's strong and tough, but under that there lies something vulnerable, the caring side to him. I loved the flirting between Noah and Echo, many scenes made me laugh out loud and look like a crazy hyena. But, there were also plenty of emotional scenes to get your tears flowing.
Pushing the Limits is simply one of those books that you must read before you die. I promise this book does not disappoint YA fans. I can not WAIT to read Dare You To, the companion novel to Pushing the Limits.
Pushing the Limits follows the lives of both Echo and Noah. Two and a half years ago, something happened to Echo - only she can't remember what. All she knows is she woke up in hospital after almost dying, with scars running up and down her arms, and that she's no longer allowed to see her mother. She wants to know what happened, but she simply can't remember and no-one will tell her. Noah has been in foster care since his parents died, but after punching his foster father when he caught him abusing his own son, Noah has been labelled dangerous and volatile, and has been kept away from his younger brothers, except for supervised visits that come few and far between. Terrified that his brothers will be subject to the abuse he's seen while in the system, he needs to make sure his brothers are safe, but he's not allowed to know anything about their foster parents or where they live.
The details of what happened to Echo are in her file. The information about Noah's brothers is in his file. Both see the same therapist, and together they plan to steal their files. Despite how hard they try, they can't deny their ever growing feelings for each other
Pushing the Limits is not a story about the two teens getting together. No-one's story ends at the beginning - and not everyone has a typical happy ever after.Read more ›
Like many other reviewers here, I loved everything about this book; the story, characters, style of writing and I can't wait to read other books by this author.
Echo and Noah are a modern day Romeo and Juliet if you must draw copmparisons but their love story is so much more in depth.
Even after reading the entire Kindle book I found myself thinking about them and wishing that I was still involved in the story. I will definitely be reading anything else that comes from Ms McGarry, what a talent she has.
A definite keeper and most probably a 'read again' book very soon.
Youth ( in this case stories aimed at youth) is not just for the young, a great story, beautifully told with characters you will love. I recommend it highly to 'girls' of all ages.
If possible, I would have given it 10 stars !!!!!!!!!!!
Noah has been in foster care since his parents died in a fire. He was separated from his younger brothers and wants nothing more than to be a family again. He knows what the system is like and he can't leave them to suffer but can an 18 year old boy really become a single father? At school, he's an outcast, known for a string of one-night stands, until he and Echo are forced together and he gets a glimpse of the broken girl underneath the girl he thought was stuck-up.
The overriding theme of Pushing the Limits is a desire to be normal, whatever normal may be. Both Echo and Noah have been struck by tragedy more than once. Echo lost her brother to the war, her mother to mental illness and her popularity to an event she can't even remember. It's incredibly frustrating for her that no one will just tell her but her on-going therapy is realistic and there is no sudden revelation. Noah not only lost his parents, but also access to his remaining family, his brothers that he loves so much and, like Echo, has also lost the acceptance of his peers.
After the first few chapters, I wasn't sure if I was going to love it as it starts off with typical school politics on the battlefield that is the cafeteria, but as soon as Echo and Noah started their awkward friendship, I was hooked.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tore through this book, very engaging storyline and characters.
First book I've read from katie mcgarry, will definately be looking into her other books.
Wow. Awesome. This one gave me all the feels. Love Noah. Love, love, love him! Character development was superb in this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Siobhan Davis
I have just finished reading this book and loved it. A great story with loveable characters. Good twists and turns in it.Published 14 months ago by N M
I actually quite liked the main plot, and Echo was a unique type of heroine, but the author went overboard with the histrionics and superfluous dramatics. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Deb G-S
It felt like EVERYONE was reading and loving this book and series, and to be honest, I wouldn't have picked it up based on the cover alone. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Rachel (Confessions of a Book Geek)
This is a book that has a lot of hype surrounding it, and due to that it took me a long time to actually pick the book up to read it. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Faye (A Daydreamer's Thoughts)