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Pushing the Limits

on June 14, 2012

Image  Pushing the Limits by Katie Mcgurry

Publisher: HarlequinTeen

Release Date: July 24th, 2012



 Echo Emerson:

I didn’t like her character. She seemed so arrogant and too sensitive most of the time, especially in the beginning. Yet at other times she would be sweet and delicate. It was strange to see that her character would just randomly fluctuate, which is why I cant say I like or dislike her because i’m not really sure what she was actually like. Forget her mom being bipolar, I thought ECHO was bipolar.



I know he was supposed to be hawt and sweet and all that but I felt his character was just…wrong. He cussed in every sentence and objectified women. Then, suddenly after he meets Echo, who is apparently extremely beautiful, he falls madly in love with her? He turns into this total sap who only thinks about Echo, in fact, he asks her to…marry him. No joke! I’m sorry, but that just doesn’t make any sense. And, can he please PLEASE stop adding the word “baby” to every single freaking sentence! It was so annoying, he would be like:

“I love you baby”

“You are so beautiful baby”

“Baby, what’s wrong?”




The beginning of this book was great! Super entertaining and fast paced. It was nice seeing the banter between Echo and Noah before they started reminding me of the couple from the Secret Life of an American Teenager, which I HATE!

The story starts off with both the main characters being as messed up as you can get. Echo, once a popular girl with a jock boyfriend, has become a pariah and somewhat psychotic teenager. You see, in her sophomore year something bad happened to her which caused her to have these HUGE scars on her arms. The catch? She can’t remember that night. At all. Apparently, it was too traumatic so her mind repressed it. I was intrigued and couldn’t wait for her secret to be revealed! When that time came, I was regretful because it was quite early in the book meaning the next 200 pages or so would be filled with her inane crying and insipid behavior. 

At the end, in like about three paragraphs, she comes to terms with her messed up life and problems and suddenly realizes what she has been doing wrong. She miraculously fixes her problems, and i mean ALL her problems with her boyfriend, mom, and crazy dad and step mom in a Kodak worthy moment  That’s right, Echo’s

entire conflict was solved in three paragraphs after she changed her way of thinking. Apparently, she had been thinking in a very narrow-minded, pedantic way so when she finally realized that, she was able to fix her way of thinking and magically mend all her problems with a new approach on life. Who knew her problems, which had seemed oh so grandiose, could be solved in three minutes? Wow, thanks for giving me a four hundred page book when it could have easily been 3.


Noah, on the other hand, has just one problem, albeit, an extremely large problem occupying his mind. How to get his brothers custody. You see, Noah is an orphan and is parents died in a fire (Could this be related to another fire? Someone call the Baudelaire orphans!) So Noah, also know as the fourth Baudelaire to me, was carted from foster home to foster home. He hit his first foster father because the guy was hitting his own kid but seriously? Two wrongs don’t make a right! His logic is messed up: guy hits son so I hit guy? That doesn’t make sense! You got mad at the guy for hitting his kid but then you hit him, doesn’t that make you exactly like the foster guy? This, of course, caused Noah to become a criminal in the eyes of EVERYONE. Which sucks for him because he really really wanted to take care of his brothers. But maybe he should have thought about that before he hit someone, huh?

Not that it matters. It just makes him even more determined to win custody of his two little brothers so they can live with him. Yes, his two brothers should leave the mansion where two loving foster parents who actually care and love them are and come live with their brother who is a is school senior with a criminal record whose only aspiration is to fry burgers. Why, this makes perfect sense.

No matter how many people tell Noah, his brothers are happy where they are, he doesn’t leave them! Throughout the entire novel, he fights with reason and adamantly protests that he should have custody of his brothers. Finally, at the end, he’s like “Hey, my brothers are happy here, and I can’t offer them the life they deserve on my nonexistent salary. Here foster parents, you can keep them and I will visit. Maybe.” 

So at the end, he finally gets a clue! 

Too bad we had to endure 400 pages of him saying I NEED MY BROTHERS! (When they didn’t need him…) Ouch, unrequited love, that’s gotta to hurt…


The love:

Echo and Noah. I admit they are a cute couple and truly deserve each other for multiple reasons:


1. They both are said to be attractive (personally, i wasn’t buying it but *shrugs*) so Noah and Echo, great couple!

2. They both are messed up but when they’re together they are less messed up so YAY! Their relationship totally works! 

3. They have some serious physiological problems and authority issues. Maybe, together they can face them? (In the end, they both do so DOUBLE YAY!)


At first, Noah and Echo were admiring each other’s aesthetically pleasing outward appearances while exchanging heated banter. Why? I have no idea but they hated each others guts, or really the stereotype which they thought the other person for, but that was before the stereotypes they had built for each other were shattered as they grew to knew each other. (And eventually fall in love). 

As they got past their mutual distrust of each other, both Noah and Echo were able to get to know each other and their relationship grew at a slow, sweet pace that made perfectly good sense. 

What I disliked was HOW their relationship grew.  I felt I was transport back into the 17th century because Noah did EVERYTHING! I felt like he was courting her! He was the first to say the l word, he was the first to take every step forward all while Echo just sat there…WTF?

But besides that, they were a great couple and seemed to work. 



3 and 1/2 of five stars

I had high hopes for this book, unfortunately, this book did not meet them. While it was good, it was not AS good as  I had thought it would be. Pushing the Limits had a great concept but I didn’t think the execution worked out. It was very entertaining in the beginning but tended to drag towards the middle and end. At some points, I was even hoping for the book to end. 

The plot was also unclear, the summary makes it out to be some sort of thriller involving two teenage ruffians but in actuality, it was severely lacking in plot with no issues despite the mental barriers the characters had placed. That was one of the things that irked me about the book, that the problems weren’t resolved but the characters actually changed their prejudiced thinking and reexamined their “problems” just to realize they were wrong all along and that the problems were in fact, not real. 

This was a good book, but it wasn’t particularly outstanding and I wouldn’t voluntarily read it again.    


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