Format: ebook, paperback
Series: book 1 of 3 of the Pushing the Limits series
Rating: 16+ for language, sexual content, dark themes
Genre: Young Adult
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21859363-breaking-the-rules?from_search=true
In this book, which takes place between the first and second book, we get to see what happened with Noah and Echo during that summer road trip that they took together. They have to come with terms with the ghosts of their pasts while starting to shape their futures and the people that they are going to become.
Noah and Echo use this road trip across the country as a way to try and change for the better. They were both spiraling down and thought a change of scenery would do that. It doesn’t take long for them to see that leaving doesn’t make the problems go away. Echo still needs to deal with what her mother did and Noah has new issues about his mother’s past to deal with.
McGarry continues to develop these characters and show that transformation that we all go through from a child to an adult. Echo learns who she is in this world just as a person while Noah has to learn to trust that everything is going to be ok instead of expecting the worst.
Their relationship is challenged in ways it hasn’t been before but they come out stronger then ever. They give to each other everything that they have as they both learn what it takes to make a relationship work.
Echo grows so strong in this story. We get to see that broken girl that believed she didn’t deserve love or happiness. She finally sees that she does deserve to get it. With the help of Noah, she chases after her dreams and learns not to let anyone push her around. For Noah, he comes to terms with his parents’ death and why his mom’s past is a secret. We watch as he turns into a man and learns that Echo is not going anywhere.
It’s an amazing, beautiful, wonderful story that you won’t be able to put down once you start reading. You will be rooting for Echo and Noah as you hope that they have what it takes to make it.
It’s recommended that you re-read the first book before reading this one. There are things that McGarry hints at or talks about that you might have forgotten, considering it was three books ago.
The Pushing the Limits series
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