Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Echo wants a normal life. She used to have a normal life. She had a boyfriend. was popular, best friends, and was on the dance squad. Then her life just wasn't normal anymore. She lost her older brother and her mother tried to kill her. The thing about that horrible night is Echo can't remember anything that happened. She doesn't know why her bipolar mother tried killing her. Once when she tried to remember, she nearly went insane. But even though she can't remember anything from that night it did happen and she has scars on her arms to remind her everyday. To remind her that she isn't a normal girl anymore. She has scar tissue, not only on her arms but inside of her to. Echo isn't a character who has minor everyday teenage problems. She has issues that are far bigger than that. She struggles with her past and the issues it has brought on through out Pushing The Limits. I really liked Echo as a character. We first meet her and she's thinking of what she'd really like to say to her new therapist, but won't dare to say in front of her father. She does what her dad wants even if she doesn't agree with it or want to do it. She's a character who is sad and broken. Then she meets Noah and you see sides of Echo that you don't see when she's with anyone else.
Noah is the stoner who has a rep of one nightstands with girls in the back of his car. He's a bad boy with dark warm eyes and tattoos. Noah used to be like Echo, popular star of his basketball team. He had a normal life. But then his life changed. His parents died and he and his brothers were put in the foster care system. They got separated and now Noah hardly gets to see them anymore. Whats the point of even trying? Noah doesn't see the point thus leading to stoner bad boy Noah. Noah, oh Noah. He is so much more than a stoner. Yeah, he's a bad boy a sexy one might I just say, but Noah brings a lot more to the table than that. Noah has issues of his own, he's got scar tissue just like Echo. And as these two characters fall for each other they bring out sides of each other that would never have escaped if not for the others help.
Pushing The Limits alternates between Echo and Noah's point of view. I wasn't expecting this when I first started reading this book, but it was a really nice surprise. The book would not be half as amazing as it was if not for Noah's point of view. I loved both of these character so much and getting to go back and forth from the two and seeing how much each loved and cared for each other was great. This book was so outstanding. It was a read that once you started, once you started to love these characters it was impossible to stop reading.
It was interesting following Echo's struggles as she deals with not remembering that awful night. Struggling with hiding her scars from people. Struggling with the lose of her brother. This girl has so many things she is battling with I don't know how she managed to keep it all together the way she did. Echo was a character who as the story went really grew and developed into an even better and more lovable character. It was just so great to watch as she realized all this time she was blaming and hating the wrong people. Will she ever remember that night completely? I won't say, but the way Katie McGarry wrote the scenes with Echo and her scenes revolving around that night were beautiful. This whole book was full of wonderful writing!
Noah was my favorite point of view. I loved reading and watching as he slowly changed. He is so determined to save his brothers and get custody of them that he's blinded. Maybe they don't need saving. Maybe their in a happy and loving home. Noah doesn't think so and it was amazing watching how both him and Echo change so much from when we first meet them and how they both realize certain things they had wrong. Basically what I'm trying to say is Katie McGarry writes flipping fantastic characters. I'm totally head over heels for Noah Hutchins. She created a character that is gonna make your heart race!
Echo's friends aren't very accepting of her scars. Grace in particular. That girl, oh man she really was just so not a cool person. How could she even do that to Echo? We can be friends as long as know one knows about it. Who says that to someone who clearly is living in a nightmare? Grace is so worried about losing her popularity by being friends with the freak of the school that she totally doesn't even take in to consideration what the heck Echo is going through, or how much what she is doing is hurting her. Lila was a whole different story. Sometimes she got on my nerves of constantly trying to get Echo's life back to how it was, but Lila had good intentions. She always did even if at first you don't see.
Beth and Issac, Noah's best friends who he basically sees as his family are both pretty interesting characters. Beth is not easy to like. She's quite witchy, but at some point you begin to realize that you sorta kind of like her. She smokes a bit to much dope, okay a lot of dope, but she isn't really that bad of a person. Her life isn't easy so she has reason to be angry and witchy. Issac I liked him from the start. Its hard not to like Issac. I totally saw that one coming about him and a certain someone and it made me smile when I was right. One more character worth mentioning is Mrs. Collins. Loved her! She was my favorite adult character in this book. She set out to make Echo and Noah's lives better and even though maybe they couldn't see it, she cared a lot about them.
All in all Pushing The Limits was filled with nothing but outstanding writing and amazing characters. There isn't anything about this book to complain about. It was nothing but awesome and I can't wait for the next one! I'm giving Pushing The Limits 5 out of 5 stars! It earns it. Contemporary fans will devour this one and fall for Noah Hutchins. I would recommend this book to anyone. It's so good! It contains a romance and beautiful story that no one wants to miss out on.
~~Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book before its official publication date!~~