“Pushing the Limits” by Katie McGarry – a heartbreaking story of how the acceptance is the hardest thing to do

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Format: Available for eBook, paperback, hardcover
Series: book 1 of Harlequin Teen series
Rated: 15+ for language and sexual and graphic scenes
Genre: Young Adult
Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10194514-pushing-the-limits?from_search=true

In this series, we get two new characters a book and watch as they meet, fall in love, and deal with the issues that plague their lives.

In the first book, the main characters are Noah and Echo. Noah is the school’s bad boy who goes to school whenever it suits his needs. He’s had a rough past couple years as he lost his parents to a house fire and his brothers were taken away and put into a foster home. He gets a few visitations but it’s not enough for him. He wants them with him so he can have his family back.

Echo is trying to adjust being back at school after missing the last few months because of an incident with her mother that she doesn’t remember, which was just months after her brother (Aires) died in Afghanistan. Everyone around her is walking on eggshells, hiding the truth from her, but all she wants is to know what happened and why she has the scars on her body.

To help cope with her brother’s death, she makes a deal with the school therapist to tutor Noah so that she can earn some money to fix the car that Aires was working on before he died. Noah is reluctant to go to the sessions, but knows that if he wants his brother’s back, then he needs to play by ‘their’ rules.

As the book progresses and Noah and Echo spend more time together, they both see that there is more to the other then what is seen on the surface. They connect through their own miseries and create a strong structure to their new relationship.

When Noah and Echo face the truth about their pasts, it makes Noah realize how much he loves and needs Echo, but it forces Echo to pull back for fear that she will hurt Noah, the person who loves her with her scars, not despite them. Can he convince her that they are perfect for each other and that she won’t hurt him?

Going into the book, I didn’t quite know what to expect. The book has a lot of tender moments, especially the ones with Noah and his brothers. It’s obvious just how much that his brothers mean to him

Echo feels lost and confused all the time because she can’t understand why she is being ostracized from her mother. She gets even more frustrated when she learns that everyone around her knows the truth, but refuse to tell her.

Unlike some of the other books that are similar to this one, this book focused more on the characters individually rather then together. Yes there were moments when they were physical but it helped develop the characters. The main the point of the book was them dealing with their own personal problems and using each other as outlets.

The book is sad and heart-wrenching but in the best way. When the truth about what happened to Echo, you really feel for her and then Noah, it’s just too much. Noah has his own problems but Echo makes him feel for the first and makes him realize that he needs to do what’s best for his brothers, even if it’s not what he wants.

If this is any indication for the future books, I can expect to spend a lot of late nights reading.

Next in the series:

Book #2 – Dare You To (available now)

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)

Book #3 – Crash Into You (available now)

Book #4 – Take Me On (Out May 27th)

4 thoughts on ““Pushing the Limits” by Katie McGarry – a heartbreaking story of how the acceptance is the hardest thing to do

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