Reviewed by Nette Scrofani

What an emotionally gripping book! Pushing the Limits had me angry, sad and happy all in the span of one book.

Echo Emerson and Noah Hutchins are from different crowds but walk the same path. They just want to be “normal.” Echo survived a horrific incident and is shattered and alone while Noah has to deal with carrying a burden no high-school student should have to carry; he’s thrust into a world of social workers, visitation and emptiness. Each has lost something vital to their lives but in each other they have found a sense of normal.

The story is told from Echo and Noah’s point of view and we get a clear sense of their inner turmoil and social struggles that come with being a teenager with “issues.” They come together by chance through the school counselor and that’s when everything changes for them.

Echo has suffered so much loss and disappointment that she’s retreated inside of herself. I really felt for Echo. I wanted her to get better and to be able to watch her progress and growth in this book was such a wonderful treat, even though her story was hard to swallow at times. Seeing things from her perspective, her anger and hurt really opened my eyes to how teenagers see their world.

Noah is a good kid who is dealing with a lot of pain as well. He’s thrown into the foster system and is left to fend for himself against ugly, horrible foster parents. He agrees to be tutored by Echo in order to get his grades up and be able to get increased visitation with his brothers. He’s got a goal in mind. Although Echo and Noah have never spoken to each other much less acknowledged each other, this is something he has to do to reach his goal. But fate is funny like that and Echo turns out to be more than a tutor and Noah in turn gives Echo the push to finally deal with her demons.

Pushing the Limits is a highly emotional, eye-opening and heartfelt story of love, loss and redemption. It touches on very real subject matters and will definitely pull at your heart strings. I recommend this book for teens ages 16 and up.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Harlequin Teen. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.