Series: Pushing the Limits #1
Published by Harlequin Enterprises, Australia on July 25, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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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. 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.
Back in the day, before I discovered amazing YA contemporaries, I always thought many of them would be typical everyday life to really enthrall me the way that fantasies and paranormal books do. That’s why it took me so long to read Pushing the Limits, a generic romance between a bad boy and an emotionally scarred girl. Unfortunately, the typical romance within the book was exactly what I got here – with the disappointment being self inflicted as it never really promised to be anything else.
Perhaps it’s because bad boys aren’t really my thing, with Noah as a pot smoker who has been in and out of foster homes. He’s rude, dangerous, and has a reputation for being a player, which doesn’t really interest me at all. He mostly notices Echo because she’s so attractive ‘with a rocking body’ and most of his thoughts about her turn to how much he wants to get into her pants.
As for the relationship itself, I didn’t really feel connected to it. Echo is so emotionally and physically scarred that when Noah didn’t judge her in the way most people would – she fell for him. She’s the typical damsel in distress and he’s someone who enjoys a challenge. It was great to see that these two respected each other though, unfortunately I found nothing much really happens within the book. There wasn’t really much complexity or depth to the relationship, other than the various problems the two are dealing with in their lives.
“Liar….Because the only way anyone will ever be okay with me is if they love me. Really love me enough to not care that I’m damaged. You don’t love people. You have sex with them. So how could you want to be with me?” – Echo
The guidance counsellor here was an interesting character who played a big part in shaping and supporting both Noah and Echo’s future direction, her methods were a bit intrusive at times, but ended up being effective. I was disappointed with the big mystery behind Echo’s repressed memories and it was an anticlimax pushing through the book’s more mundane moments just to reach that conclusion.
Pushing the Limits is your ‘bad boy falls in love and turns good’ story, which promotes the story that two damaged people being together makes them better because love conquers all. I probably didn’t enjoy it much because of my belief you should focus on looking after yourself before you look at being with someone else, especially one who is more damaged. If you like bad boys though, you’d probably love the story here. I’ve heard Dare You To is better though, so I’ll still give it a shot.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5