BOOK REVIEW: Pushing The Limits, #1: Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

pushing the limits

5 stars



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.






This book was so amazing! This was the first book I read on a Kindle and so the notes were minimal as I was finding out how to work everything.

Fundamentally, I really enjoyed the writing style and structure. I liked how whenever the perspective changed, the voice changed. Both characters were so unique that they wouldn’t blend into each other, something that is challenging when writing dual P.O.V’s. I think without Noah’s use of profanity and vulgarity, it wouldn’t be the same. In essence, that is who Noah is, he’s angry orphan who got screwed by the foster care system. I like how the author efficiently used that to create Noah’s character.

Pushing the Limits is a very complex book, from the plot, the characters, and everything in between. It’s very hard to write something so intricate. Some other books have problems writing a character like Noah, swearing is done in excess making it seem like they’re trying too hard to act a sort of way. Everything was done so smoothly in this book and it was very enjoyable.

This book was a very dark contemporary, it had romance but it revolved around something other than just love.

Echo and Noah fell in love by uniting to solve their problems. Not that light contemporaries aren’t fun, but they don’t have the sort of impact as more tragic contemporaries. As it was very tragic, it was just made to be very emotional. Which it was. It was everything you would want in a story.


Both Echo and Noah are very interesting characters. What happened to Echo was so incredible (in a bad way) that it made me feel so disgusted at the things her mother did.


Apart from Noah, who is obviously my favorite character in this book, Echo was an amazing character as well.

Imagine how tough someone needs to be to withstand her mother’s bipolar episodes. She’s very resilient and her bravery can match any dystopian heroine.


Overall, this story was very touching and definitely worth reading.








Gif Summary:

Noah Hutchins

Echo’s “accident”

Echo and Noah

The progress between Echo and Ashley

The writing style

The book overall


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