Thursday, April 16, 2015

Book #Review: Breaking The Rules (Pushing The Limits # 1.5) by Kate McGarry .@katiemcgarry .@HarlequinTeen

Book Title: Breaking the Rules (Pushing The Limits 1.5)
Author: Katie McGarry |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: New Adult/ Mature Young Adult Romance
Series/Standalone: Series Novella
Format: ebook
Cost: $4.99
Pages: 304
How I got it: Purchased 
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Publication Date: December 2014
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A summer road trip changes everything in this unforgettable new tale from acclaimed author Katie McGarry For new high school graduate Echo Emerson, a summer road trip out west with her boyfriend means getting away and forgetting what makes her so... different. It means seeing cool sights while selling her art at galleries along the way. And most of all, it means almost three months alone with Noah Hutchins, the hot, smart, soul-battered guy who’s never judged her. Echo and Noah share everything — except the one thing Echo’s just not ready for. But when the source of Echo’s constant nightmares comes back into her life, she has to make some tough decisions about what she really wants — even as foster kid Noah’s search for his last remaining relatives forces them both to confront some serious truths about life, love, and themselves. Now, with one week left before college orientation, jobs and real life, Echo must decide if Noah's more than the bad-boy fling everyone warned her he'd be. And the last leg of an amazing road trip will turn... seriously epic.
I really enjoyed seeing the growth of my two favorite characters in this series (Next to Isaiah of course).  I loved Echo's growth in Pushing the Limits and I really loved seeing how that growth helped her move on and embrace her artistic side.

I loved the lesson Noah learned as well, I'm truly in love with these two and I would love for Katie to visit them again while they're in college and see how this summer has truly impacted them.

This follows Noah and Echo as they embrace their summer before college and work to become better as a couple while confronting Echo's fears about herself.  I loved the sharing of their deepest fears and the way they challenged each other as a couple.  I loved that they had to learn to face their pasts and their possible future, there were so many sweet moments in this story that endeared them to me even more.  Echo gets the chance of a lifetime and she decides to embrace it, this chance of course would leave Noah behind and at times I couldn't understand why Echo didn't see that, or see that the person giving her the opportunity was doing their best to separate her from Noah.

Noah in the meantime, gets caught up with an ex who tells him she knows the reason he and Echo are going to break up.  And of course all she says becomes a self fulfilling prophesy because Noah listens to her instead of talking with Echo.  And Echo stubbornly doesn't see what Noah is trying to say, this was great moment to read because happily ever after isn't easy to achieve and these two needed to see that, especially before college and I love that they learnt the lesson on the road and had a chance to face it.  It was funny to see even Beth gave Noah a cold shoulder for not listening to her and Isaiah when they warned him that talking to Echo was the best course of action.

I loved when Beth and Isaiah visit because it shows a little bit more about Beth's story, and how far Isaiah goes to protect her, and she's still an ungrateful biotch, yep, still don't like her as much as I love the others.  Noah also as his own lesson to learn not just about learning to trust that he's enough for Echo but about what makes family, and when he learns it, I'm so happy for him.  I loved that the man who shares so much of who his family is with him is never actually given a name,he's just the uncle, a part of the family not really.  Noah's lesson helps him learn to accept himself and the past that his mother hid (with good reason, her family isn't shyt at all)

I loved the scenes at the park, where Noah and Echo become closer and of course the most vulnerable to each other. I loved Echo's decisions and how well they worked together.  This is a wonderful addition to the series, and I'm going to keep advocating to see them in college, either as a novella or as another story.
Happy Reading, I might do another soundtrack for this series, because there were definitely a few moments that had some songs perfect for them. 

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