by Katie McGarry
Book: Pushing the Limits #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: July 31 2012
Genre: Romance, Chicklit, Young Adult
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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.
My Review: Echo is sitting in an office with her dad and step-mom. They are all there to talk about Echo, her life, her accident, and being under watch by the state. Mrs. Collins is the school counselor and social worker. She is trying to see how Echo is doing and that is a bit hard with her dad butting in every second and talking for her as well as planning her life for her. Her step-mom Ashley however is just sitting there going along with her dad and holding her pregnant stomach acting as if the world revolves around her. After the crazy episode with her mom, Echo is not allowed to see her and has a restraining order on her, Though Echo isn't too pleased with that part. The whole session gets strange and ends with Echo having the chance to fic her late brothers car, and having to tutor this Noah kid. The day goes on and Echo and Noah agree to meet up for tutoring. When the tutoring time comes, Noah is waiting while Echo runs late. She finally arrives and he gets up to leave. He says he doesnt have time for this and that he has a life. They leave things at that for a few days until the night of that pary comes up. Echo and her friends re sitting around while Echo watches one of her girls play ping pong. Plus it's also Echo's birthday and he is just sitting around. Her ex Nick shows up and wants a dance, except he never gets to dance. Echo runs outside for some air and Noah shows up, notices she is cold and hans her his sweater when Echo just blurts out. She asks if Noah has said anything about her scars to people amoung some things. He explains that he hasn't said a word of it. They talk some more before heading thier own ways. Now Noah is off to see his brothers who he hasnt seen ina while. They were seperated, after Noah had hit his first foster parent. Where he was moved to another home and his brothers to a spereate place so they wouldn't be near his violent attacks. However Noah would never hit his brothers. He waits for them to come into the room. When they do he notices a mark on the face of his brother. The social worker says it was an accident, which either way got Noah pretty heated. After the visit he heads back home and faces his days as usual. A few days later Echo and Luke are off on a date. Them and a group of friends all head into the theater. Once the movie starts Echo can't take it and runs off. The movie was about war and Echo started wondering if her brother Aries went through what the people in the movie went through. After calming herself down she walks to the food court, since she won't beable to finish the movie. Echo doesn't like Luke the same, since before they broke up junior year. Now all she want's is to get rid of him as a boyfriend. Now at the food court Echo is hungry but can't get anything since Luke told her to leave everything behind, that he would pay for everything on their first date. So Echo settles for sitting at a burger place, where she finds Noah behind the counter working. Once Noah is off work they talk and decide to visit the arcade. They head there together, hand in hand. Noah likes Echo but is afraid he won't like him, although Echo may feel just the same. They chat, share stories and have a good time. Forward a few days and it's the day of the dance. Noah visits his brothers then heads to the dance. Echo arrive at the dance with Luke and her friends. They are at the dance and Echo wants to talk to Luke but he runs off before they can. Noah shows up and has Echo dance with him. They dance and Luke spots them and get mad. They head into the hallway, where Luke and Noah hit each other. Not liking it, Echo tries to stop them but gets hurt in the process. Before things get worse Mrs. Collins shows up. Luke heads back to the dance, whit Noah grabs Echo and helps her. Mrs. Collins, notices and realizes that Echo is the girl Noah likes. Collins goes back to the dance, while Echo and Noah just sit on the floor. Noah goes to wait outside while Echo deals with Luke. Echo is able to leave Luke and still keep her friend Lila. So after heading outside to see Noah, he grabs her and takes her to a fountain, and explains how he built it along with his parents. They spend some moments there, before Echo heads home. After a few days pass, Echo introduces Noah to her dad and Ashley. Once they meet, both head over to Noah's place, where Beth of course still acts nasty to her, but eventually through the story they get alone. Right now Echo and Noah are happy together and go through each day being happy. Within a few days Echo is off to see Mrs. Collins, where she remembers another memory. In the mean time Noah is heading to the office, where he hears Echo going through her memory. He stands there wondering if he should go in there of if he should let her deal with it them call her. So he opts for letting her deal with it. Once Echo is okay she drives off to her home with her dad speeding behind to keep up. They reach the house and once inside Echo starts flipping out and yelling about how everything is his fault and Ashley's. After all the shouting, she heads to her room to sleep. Meanwhile, Noah is trying to get in touch with her, but hse hasn't replies, until one day during his class. He runs into the cafeteria to talk to Lila about this, just as Echo tells him to meet her outside the school. He ditches and follows her car to the cemetery. She sits at Aries grave and they talk before Echo heads to Lila's house to talk. Now around night time she heads back Noah's house because Steve showed up at Lila's. So Echo stays the night with Noah and they have a wonderful night. However the following morning Noah talks about marriage and his brothers in a way that seems like he is only with Echo to get to them. Which of course upsets Echo and she runs home. Eventually after some time passes he finds Echo and they makeup, but Echo wants to end things. Will they? Well the last few chapters will be for you all to wonder about. So I suggest reading the book(: