*WARNING* The following may not make much sense
I have tried to write this review and I am finding it so difficult, which is extremely frustrating. I really enjoyed this book, but there were also arts in the book which I found to be unrealistic and pretty cliché to be honest. So I will start with the things I don’t like first, also apologising in advance because this review will be pretty choppy and hard to read but I seriously cannot get my thoughts in order… I will also probably contradict myself a lot, so sorry!
First thing about this book I didn’t like; it was so predictable, not necessarily in a bad way but it was predictable none the less. Pushing the Limits is a typical YA romance where boy meets girl, they fall in love, something happens and they break up, they then realise they can’t live without each other, there is a resolution and then they live happily ever after. I don’t consider this as a spoiler since you KNOW that is what will happen, it’s just a given. So in saying that, yeah it was predictable, but there was also a lot of depth into the story line that kind of makes up for it.
The next thing I didn’t like (and this is also the final thing I didn’t like) was the fact that this book kind of portrayed the fact that the two teenagers helped each other deal with their problems, but I felt like it was a bit one sided. Yes, they both have problems, but through the whole book the two only really work through Echo’s problems and Noah is left to deal with his by himself. This pissed me off because I absolutely loved Noah, I would have just loved the whole book to be about him to be honest.
The characters are very likable and are very realistic in the way of their interactions and story lines. I never once found myself rolling my eyes at the characters, or wanting to throw the book in frustration because someone did something that was so unbelievable (and trust me, I do this a lot). I also felt like the relationship between Echo and Noah was believable and actually real. Even though it is pretty unlikely that two people with some pretty serious issues, will meet and fall in love, I thought it was realistic, which helped in the reading experience. There’s nothing worse than reading a book that is so unbelievable it’s not funny *cough* An Abundance of Katherines *cough*.
Also the characters stories are just so detailed and heart wrenching. You just want to reach into the book and give them a hug, seriously. And Noah’s story? OMG don’t get me started, I could cry just thinking about it.
I don’t really want to say too much more about this book because I’m worried about spoilers, but seriously, if it is on your TBR at all, move it to the top right now! I am so glad I finally read it, and I am really excited to read the rest of this series. Again, really sorry for this crappy review, it’s so hard to write a review about a book you actually like!
One more thing! Have any of you seen the show Awkward? If so, I pictured Valerie the school councilor as Mrs. Collins. That is all :)
Favourite Quote: “A shy smile tugged at her lips and at my heart. Fuck me and the rest of the world, I was in love" Noah Hutchins <3
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