Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry Review

Katie McGarry

Publication Date:
July 31, 2012

Harlequin Teen

Hardcover, 416 pages

CAD $19.99

An ARC was provided by Harlequin Teen for review! Thanks!


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.


What a cute and sweet book! Full of humor, romance and sensuality this may be your typical bad boy meets good girl but it also has a lot of depth. This reminded me a lot of the Perfect Chemistry novels and that’s not a bad thing because I enjoyed that book too. I have little patience with books that have slow pacing and even duller characters but this wasn’t the case. Noah is such a good guy masquerading as a bad boy and I really loved that he turned himself around and got his act together. And Echo, wow. That girl has so much strength. To go through what she experienced, I couldn’t even fathom what I would do if I was thrown into her situation. These two characters had such bad luck thrown at them, I couldn’t help but cheer on the sidelines supporting their goals and endeavors.

I’m always a fan of contemporary novels that have substance and this one definitely has. I loved the two viewpoints this book offers because I always felt limited to the one character and can’t help but wonder what the other character could be thinking or feeling. I just wanted to know more from the two characters. Did it leave me with a sense of closure? Yes it did but I enjoyed it so much that I kinds wished it didn’t have to end so soon. I only wish this was a series so I could read more of Katie McGarry’s beautifully crafted writing.

Rating 4/5


“I love you enough to never make you choose.”—Echo

Giselle San Miguel is a freelance web designer who has a voracious appetite for reading and manages her own book blog at booknerd.ca. She also enjoys writing, design, movies, and photography.