My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Pushing the Limits thoroughly pushed me to mine from its gut-wrenching start to its emotional finish. I devoured every drop of this amazing story as it brought me to hell and back right along with it. Every element I long for in a book was generously provided: Engaging writing, broken yet lovable characters, sexual tension, angst and heartache, and finally, growth and sweet redemption.
Echo has survived a heartbreaking tragedy that has left her with extreme physical and emotional scars, but the severe trauma of the event has taken away her memory of that fateful day. When her school counselor provides her with a tutoring job, Echo comes face-to-face with Noah–a fellow classmate who suffers torment of his own. He sees Echo as nothing more than a privileged, spoiled rich girl living the good life. However, these two lost souls slowly learn that they have more in common than they could ever imagine, and together, they face their demons in a fight for a chance at ‘normalcy’.
“The worst type of crying wasn’t the kind everyone could see–the wailing on the street corners, the tearing at clothes. No, the worst kind happened when your soul wept and no matter what you did, there was no way to comfort it. A section withered and became a scar on the part of your soul that survived…For people like me and Echo, our souls contained more scars than life.”
I felt the unfair way Echo’s peers reacted towards her ‘defect’ was, for the most part, sad yet realistically portrayed. Echo was initially a pushover who easily conformed to what others expected of her–but I understood her need for love and acceptance as she falsely believed that allowing others to take the reins over her broken life would temporarily make things easier. Her eventual ‘I’m worthy’ epiphany pretty much had me throwing fists in the air!
This story was so wonderfully constructed and the author did an amazing job in bringing Echo’s mental struggle to life. I was captivated and completely sucked right into her internal breakdown to the point where I actually felt myself struggling for air at times. The alternating perspectives between Echo and Noah flowed flawlessly and allowed for an in-depth understanding of both characters. Noah’s pain and strife reduced me to tears, as did his eventual happiness. As tragic as this story seemed, it was honestly an eye-opening, touching journey to an imperfect, but utterly heartwarming resolve. Simply beautiful!
▪ Genre/Category: Romance/New Adult
▪ Steam Caliber: Mild
▪ Romance: Intense, slow build.
▪ Characters: Broken and lost, but lovable.
▪ Plot: High school setting. A heartbreaking journey of two emotionally damaged teens finding strength in one another.
▪ Writing: Expressive, engaging, and intense.
▪ POV: 1st Person: Dual Perspectives.
▪ Cliffhanger: None
▪ Next Installment: Character Spinoff