HarlequinTEEN Spring Reading into Romance Tour: Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry
So wrong for each other…and yet so right.
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 Playlist
We were asked to come up with a playlist that reminds of us of our favorite parts of Pushing the Limits. It was tough to narrow it down, there are so many songs that would perfectly accompany all the MANY feels that are in this book, but this was our list:
You’ve Got the Love by Florence and the Machine
Sometimes it seems that the going is just too rough
And things go wrong no matter what I do
Now and then it seems that life is just too much
But you’ve got the love I need to see me through
Echo and Noah have both had traumatic experiences in their past, and they each face their own daily struggles, but they learn to lean on each other and support one another.
I’ll Try Anything Once by The Strokes
Seven ways to go through school
Either you’re noticed or left out
There is a time when we all fail
Some people take it pretty well,
Some take it all out on themselves,
Some they just take it out on friends,
Oh everybody plays the game,
And if you don’t you’re called insane
After Echo’s episode with her mother, she becomes an outcast at her school, and most of her friends abandon her. Rumors about her being crazy are all over the school, and most of her friends do nothing to discourage them.
Displaced by Azure Ray
I am displaced
And she’s my friend of all friends
She’s still here when everyone’s gone
She doesn’t have to say a thing
We’ll just keep laughing all night long
Lila is pretty much a rock star BFF, sticking by Echo through thick and thin, even when her other friends abandon her when her issues interfere with their perfect image.
Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want by She & Him (covering The Smiths)
Haven’t had a dream in a long time
See, the life I’ve had
Can make a good man bad
So for once in my life
Let me get what I want
Lord knows, it would be the first time
Lord knows, it would be the first time
Noah has had some of the worst luck possible, losing his parents and being placed in abusive foster homes. For the first time he wants a real connection, not just a night in the backseat of a car. He doesn’t feel like he deserves echo, but he still wants her.
Love Love Love by Of Monsters and Men
So I think it’s best we both forget
Before we dwell on it
The way you held me so tight
All through the night
It was near morning
Echo and Noah want to be together, but with her breakdowns and his quest to get his family back together, it seems impossible that they can reasonably be together in the future. They both have to face hard, heartbreaking truths.
Heart Skipped a Beat by the xx
Please don’t say we’re done
When I’m not finished
I could give so much more
Make you feel, like never before
Noah has trouble accepting that he might not be able to hang on to Echo, the best thing that’s ever happened to him.
I Remember by Yeasayer
I remember the smell of your skin forever
Love us being stupid together
You’re stuck in my mind
All the time
No matter how they try to stay apart, Noah and Echo can’t get each other out of their minds.
Shadows by Au Revoir Simone
Anyone can answer their own questions
All you have to do is look inside
You know it inside
You know it will be alright
I’m moving on
I hope your coming with me
Cause I’m not strong
Echo is struggling to remember what exactly happened the night she got all the scars and almost died at her mother’s house. The answers are locked inside her mind, and she knows she has to face them eventually. Noah is determined to help her face her demons and move on.
Look How Far We’ve Come by Imagine Dragons
Stop right there
I’ve got a hole inside my chest
And ’til it fills up
I won’t be satisfied
Time is taking over
Look how far we’ve come
Some were never meant to come around
Some were never meant to leave the ground
It’s time to take it over
Step out into the sun
Echo and Noah each have their separate moments of growth, and they find it hard to deny the chemistry and love between them. After everything they’ve been through, they deserve a fresh start and a new normal.
Make sure to head over to Katie’s website for her playlist of songs that inspired the book as well! For further playlist fun, check out Katie’s fabulous playlist guest post at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer.
HarlequinTEEN Spring Reading into Romance Tour
Check out the other stops on this fabulous tour!
Monday, March 4th – Karen Ann Hopkins and Temptation
Wednesday, March 6th – Liz Fichera and Hooked
Friday, March 8th – Cayla Kluver and the Legacy series
Monday, March 11th – Aimée Carter and The Goddess Test series
Wednesday, March 13th – Julie Kagawa and The Iron King series
Friday, March 15th – Katie McGarry and Pushing the Limits
Monday, March 18th – Rachel Vincent and The Soul Screamers series
Wednesday, March 20th – Hannah Harrington and Saving June
Friday, March 22nd – Jordan Dane and In The Arms of Stone Angels
Enter to win your own copy of Pushing the Limits, plus take a shot at winning the Reading into Romance Grand Prize!
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