Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry.

13560086Pushing the Limits, Book One

392 pages

Published June 1st 2012

Noah and Echo are two broken people, looking for answers and fighting for what they want.

Echo has repressed memories of a night two years ago when something horrible happened to her. She has the scars, and the incomplete story that people told her, but beyond that, nothing. She wants to find out the truth, but is scared it may break her even more.

Noah has been in the system since his parents died, and he’s had his run of bad foster parents. Because of some of his bad choices, he’s lost most of his access to his younger siblings. He wants it back, and is willing to do anything.

Just as Echo is starting to put herself out there again, she and bad boy Noah keep getting thrown together. There’s obvious attraction there – but does she want her old life back, with the footballer boyfriend and peppy friends, and her father controlling her? Or does she want a new, better life, where she can have all of the things she really wants?

 

There was so much hype about this book. While I thought it was pretty good, I found it a little tedious. I think my main issue was that I hated how Echo just let everyone tell her what to do, and I could not wait until she finally started doing what she wanted to do. It seemed to take ages. I understand that that’s who she is, but I was uncomfortable while reading it.

The characters were all right. While I sympathized with Noah and Echo and their issues, I didn’t really connect with either one of them.

I’m not sure if I’ll go on with the companion novels or not. But I would recommend it to people who like high school novels with a bit more substance. The style of it sort of reminded me of Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles.

My Rating: 3/5

Goodreads Rating: 4.13/5

Easy by Tammara Webber.

Paperback, 310 pages16056408

First published May 25th 2012

Jacqueline’s boyfriend of three years, Kennedy, broke it off with her just weeks ago, so that he could sow his wild oats and get it out of his system now, at college, rather than later, when he’s a politician and it could ruin his career.

When leaving a party one night, Jacqueline is almost raped by a fellow student. Luckily, she was rescued by Lucas. Before that night, she had never noticed him. Now, he seems to be everywhere.

Her friends, who don’t know about the attempted rape, urge her to have a fling with Lucas. They think that a bad boy like him is just what she needs to get over her good boy ex.

Lucas and Jacqueline grow closer, but he has a dark past that he isn’t willing to share, as well as some secrets that affect their relationship in the present. Meanwhile, Jacqueline is still being threatened by her would-be rapist, Buck.

Easy blew me away. I loved all the characters – Lucas would have to be the hottest literary leading man that I’ve encountered in quite some time! – and Jacqueline is strong and likeable. Some of the subject matter is quite heavy, but it’s dealt with really well. The romance aspect was fantastic.

I just loved it!

My rating: 5/5

Goodreads rating: 4.26/5

Leaving Jetty Road by Rebecca Burton.

Paperback, 261 pages

Published 25th August, 2004 bu HarperCollins (Australia) Children’s

IBSN: 0207200157

It’s year twelve for Nat, Lise and Sofia – three best friends living in Adelaide – and it’s a year of change, heartbreak, and growth.

Lise has convinced the others to become vegetarian with her as a New Years Resolution: ” Vegetarianism’s good for you, you know. And think of all the weight we could lose.” It’s just the start of her finally taking control of her weight and finally becoming thin!

Nat has taken on a Saturday job at the Wild Carrot Cafe, and immediately fallen for Josh – the gorgeous chef.

Sofe – who is never short on male admirers – may have finally found someone she is serious about.

Leaving Jetty Road is told from the perspectives of Nat and Lise. With Nat, you get a little romantic storyline. While with Lise, her need to control her weight is becoming a serious issue. We don’t meet Sofe in the first person, but she’s pretty constant in the novel, as a friend to both girls.

I simply love this book. I’ve read it maybe three times now. I feel a kind of nostalgia when I read about the beach and school and the Aussie settings in here. There’s also a kind of healthy, alternate lifestyle vibe throughout the whole thing – a lot of this comes from their vegetarianism, Nat’s job at the healthy cafe, and her opinionated love interest Josh.

For fans of Melina Marchetta, Good Oil by Laura Buzo, or other Australian young adult fiction aimed at females.