Resident “good girl” Echo Emerson used to a normal, popular teen. Now she’s a social outcast with scars on her arms, remnants of a night she doesn’t remember. Her father won’t tell her what happened, and she hates her new stepmother. Bad boy Noah Hutchins plays a rebel without a cause. He may act like a stoner going nowhere, but his own home life is nonexistent, and his family is broken in the foster care system. When the two meet up for mandatory tutoring lessons, the chemistry is immediate: they hate each other. But as they begin to understand each other, they realize they are far more alike than anyone could guess.
Admittedly, the “good girl and bad boy” romance trope is incredibly overdone. However, don’t let that be a reason to pass up this book! Published by Harlequin Teen, this is a well-crafted romance of two semi-dysfunctional teens who are trying to reclaim their lives. The tale is told in alternating first-person point of view so that you can see the world from the eyes of both Echo and Noah in order to fully understand. McGarry crafted an excellent teen romance that never forgets the boundaries between teen and adult romances. The author balances both sides of the tale neatly.
Did you like the characters in Pushing the Limits? Follow Beth’s story in Dare You To, by Katie McGarry. A series in a similar style is The Perfect Chemistry series, starting with Perfect Chemistry, by Simone Elkeles. Download the Overdrive ebook or feel free to check it out at your local library. Jennifer Echols even turns the aforementioned romance trope on its head with Going Too Far, a story about a rebellious teenager and the cop she’s stuck with. You can hear more about the author and her series at Katie McGarry’s website.