IN A NUTSHELL
If you haven't read Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry yet, it's one that should definitely be on your list to read. From its highs of being well high to the lows of being treated like an outcast, it is an emotional rollercoaster for the reader and the characters.
Pushing the Limits is told in two different POVs. This can either make or break a book for me because it can get a little confusing going back and forth, but I found that in this particular book it helped it. We get to learn so much more about both our characters. They're telling their own stories so it's more personal, and we're not having to learn it from another source. Not only do we get to learn about their separate lives, but we get to ride along as their lives merge together.
"The worst type of crying wasn't the kind everyone could see. No the worst kind happened when your soul wept, and no matter what you did there was no way to comfort it." page 278.
I really enjoyed the writing. There were parts like the quote above that I found to be so true, and it's writing like this that captures you on some level.
No one will tell Echo what happened the night she got her scars. Not her father, step-mom, or her new counselor. If she tries to remember her world might just shatter completely. Then comes Noah, the stoner, who might just understand her better then anyone else. I adored Echo's character. Yes, it took her awhile to understand that it doesn't matter what her friends think because if they were truly her friends then they would have been there for her through those darker times. I realize that it's not always that easy to say if you're going to pick and choose when to be my friend then you're not worth it. I mean we're only human right? She eventually stood up to everyone, and said hey this is how it's going to be, and if you don't like it then to bad. I like seeing characters grow, and she did.
Although Noah and Echo were different and had different reasons for being at the counselors office. Sometimes you find friends/loves in the most unexpected places and most unexpected people. I think that's why I enjoyed watching them grow together. Two very different people from different backgrounds come together and try to find happiness. It reminds me of Ryan and I. We're very different yet we somehow work. :) I enjoyed reading from Noah's POV. He may have been a stoner, but he had so much love for his brothers. I also enjoyed learning about about Noah's friends, and I'm excited that Beth is going to have her own story Dare You Too.
ALL IN ALL
If you haven't gathered from everything above how much I enjoyed the story then there's no hope. :P No, seriously though this is an awesome book, and if you haven't read it then put on your list and try to fit it in somewhere. If you're all washed out from paranormal reads give this one a try. It's definitely a contemporary worth the read.