Author: Katie McGarry
Series: (Pushing the Limits #2)
Expected publication: May 28th 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Categories: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

I received an eARC from Harlequin UK via Netgalley. Thank you.

The story of golden boy meet skater girl screams ‘opposite attracts.’ And yes, I do believe that the two are different but at the same time similar. It all started as a dare, and Beth was the unknowing victim of Ryan and his friends’ dare. At their first encounter it is very apparent that she got the attitude and she’s different from the girls he usually hang out, hence the dare. With her ripped clothes, piercing and foul language, yes, this girl is feisty…and very challenging. Ryan didn’t back out and still approached her only to get flat-out rejected because he can’t do what she ask him so he can get her number. He just can’t.

I wasn’t into Beth in Pushing the Limit, I know the trio has heavy baggage, excellent for the theme of the book series, so I wasn’t surprised that the next (and final) installment we got Isaiah on the limelight. And in some strange reason I was very excited to read it, thankfully the preview give me something to look forward to. I’m absolutely interested to read Rachel and Isaiah’s story. Ok, now let me get back to Beth and Ryan, I went in with caution and have set the bar a little lower this time. And despite the angsty atmosphere of the first book I actually quite liked it. Since Beth was my least favorite of the three, I didn’t expect a lot. So perhaps, this is the reason why I enjoyed it, maybe even more than the first one. I liked how Ryan and Beth first met. I liked that it wasn’t love at first sight.  And don’t worry because it wasn’t all about the dare. It only helped sets the stage but the story didn’t revolve in that, because the author decided to throw another oh so complex self issues related to their families.

Katie McGarry‘s book is not without the drama. We pretty sure have guessed that these three are carrying awfully heavy loads on their backs. Beth has mother issues and it was so complicated that she’s coping it with unhealthy habits.  Ryan too has baggage of his own. It’s really a miracle how they managed to face their demons while figuring each other out. Realizing their feelings for each other. There’s an obvious development between the two. And I liked that it went that way.

When I was reading Pushing the Limit I saw sparks between Isaiah and Beth so I was surprised that author opted to give her another partner. The Q&A at the last page tells us why she made this decision. I think it’s a wise choice in order for both Beth and Isaiah to grow.

A lot has happened and sometimes it left me so drained and weak. To think that these teenagers have these problems made me think that it is impossible to make them fall in love and to convince me that relationship was sincerely possible.  But that what’s great about Katie McGarry books, she knows how to carefully weave the angst and love resulting to one powerful story. I did like it better than first. Just a little bit, because the development of the two main characters is more visible than the first one.  And I loved character development as much the romantic one. I think I ended up casting them out of their labels after I finished it. Beth had matured, as well as Ryan. And remarkably, Ryan now…can. (You need to read it to understand the reference, so go ahead read it when it is out!)