Book Review: Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarry

Posted December 22, 2014 by Lori in Books / 3 Comments Tags: ,

Book Review: Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarryBreaking the Rules by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #1.5
Published by HarlequinTeen on 2014-12-08
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Family, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars

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 have loved every book in the Pushing the Limits series but the first one will always be one of my top favorites of the group. It was the one that introduced us to Noah and Echo and started the whole series. I’ve enjoyed getting glimpses of them throughout the following books but it’s never quite the same. I love Noah and Echo and their story and their individual journeys as well as their journey together. So finally getting able to focus on them again was awesome. And while I was a little nervous about seeing them again and was worried I might not love them as much, I shouldn’t have at all. They’re the same but different, still dealing with growing up and moving on from the past but are more mature than before, still in love but figuring out where things go from here thing. It was a perfect extenuation of their story and I’m so glad Katie was able to write it for us.

I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to remember Noah and Echo’s story from the first book since it had been so long since I’d first read it but once I got going, it all came back. Plus, there are plenty of references to their past that helped remind me and I really appreciated that. But what I liked best about this book was revisiting the characters I had already fallen in love with and seeing them deal with their pasts and figuring out how to make a future together work. This book was a real representation of how our pasts are always with us, whether we want them there or not. And we need to figure out a way to deal with them, not just push them under a rug. Because even if we think we’re over them, they always come back in some way or another. And this is exactly what Noah and Echo do in this book. They escape for the summer on a road trip together and just want to be away from their responsibilities and enjoy their summer. But no one can run from their pasts. And they discover that it’s better to deal with them and learn from them rather than trying to out run them.

But the book isn’t just a bunch of serious stuff. While the drama is there big time (this is a Katie McGarry book after all!) there are also moments of romance and swoon and times we get to see Echo and Noah relax and enjoy each other. Because Echo and Noah are now high school graduates and both 18, it is a bit more New Adult than the others but I don’t think this book fully crosses over into the New Adult category. There is some sex but there’s not a lot and it’s not graphic. I’ve read Young Adult books with more sex in them but if it bothers you in books, you should skip this one.

If you’re a fan of Pushing the Limits or any of the books in this series, I highly recommend this one. If you haven’t read the series, I definitely recommend reading Pushing the Limits and all the books that follow. This one takes place in between Pushing the Limits and Dare You To, so you could definitely read them in that order instead of published order. I hope one day I’ll be able to go back and read the whole series again from start to finish. It is one of my favorites with interesting and flawed characters, swoony romances, and lots of drama! If those are things you like to see in books, go get this series!!

3 Responses to “Book Review: Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarry”

  1. AW thanks for the awesome review. I wasn’t sure of what to expect from this one. Even though I loved Pushing the Limits, I felt like it’s been too long. Changing my mind, hoping to get this one during the break.
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