Pushing the Limits is a heart-wrenching story about family, love, and mental illness, told in alternating points of view between Echo and Noah. I could not put this book down! I stayed up until 3AM to finish and soaked my pillow. Yeah, I cried. A lot.
Echo is missing an entire day from her memory. She can’t remember what happened the day/night she got the scars on her arms. The scars she hides with long sleeved t-shirts and gloves in the middle of summer. She went from being a social butterfly – dance team, art competitions, dating the “right guy”, to a social recluse.
Then, through her therapist/social worker she meets Noah – a stoner whose reputation with the girls “walks down the hall before he does” – just as she’s trying to get her life to some resemblance of normal. Her ex-boyfriend is interested again, and he might just put her back on the acceptable social list… but Noah doesn’t cringe at the sight of her scars.
Noah’s family was torn apart by tragedy, and he was separated from his brothers in the foster care system. He’s been abused by the system, and in his anger and frustration he became the “bad boy”. But Noah’s determined to get his brothers back, and Echo might be able help him.
I really liked the dual narration, and appreciated getting to know both Echo and Noah from their perspectives. Katie McGarry did a great job with writing in a male POV; I was impressed how she was able to get inside a teenage guy’s head. I also loved how Noah’s family was his best friends Isaiah and Beth, and how they took care of each other.