Pushing the LimitsPushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Published by Harlequin Teen
Review copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley

From the publisher:

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.

Pushing the Limits is a fun YA romance with deeper themes running throughout. There’s no question that these two characters, Echo and Noah, are damaged. They are teens who have been through more than most teens should have to experience, so when they find each other there’s an instant connection. While Echo runs with a more popular crowd than Noah, her friends have all but abandoned her after the trauma she suffered, and it’s clear that they are not interested in trying to understand her emotional pain. So Noah – who is dealing with serious issues of his own – becomes a soft place for Echo to fall. And cue the kissing …

But really, the romance between the two of them is cute. I’d venture to say it’s even hot(ish). They are two people who desperately need to connect, and when they do, it’s sweet and sexy at the same time. Plus, they form a true friendship that runs deeper than their physical connection – they truly rely on one another for emotional support and help with their individual issues.

I liked this one. Bloggers are raving about it, so I have to admit I didn’t feel as strongly about some people, but I got lost in the story and definitely felt for the characters. Recommended for fans of YA romance!