This is a book that I picked up at a book convention several years ago. I was actually pretty excited because I had heard great things about it, so I'm not quite sure why it took me so long to read it. It probably has something to do with the 400+ books that are constantly on my TBR list. Deciding what to read next is always a challenge.
Pushing the Limits is told from both Echo and Noah's points of view. Echo was involved in a traumatic event involving her bipolar mother, but she doesn't remember what happened. The only evidence she has are the scars on her arms and the constant nightmares that have been plaguing her ever since. Noah is equally as troubled. His parents were killed in a house fire and he has bounced around the foster care system. His younger brothers are living with another family and he wants nothing more than to be involved in their daily lives.
Noah was once a star basketball player with excellent grades who was on track for a college scholarship. Since the fire, he hasn't had the resources or the motivation to continue...until the new guidance counselor convinces him that improving his grades and getting into college may be his only shot at eventually being able to take care of his brothers the way he wants to. The same guidance counselor is working with Echo to help her remember her past and hopefully get her past the nightmares. Echo needs money, so the counselor suggests she tutor Noah, which is how the two of them connect.
While they may appear to be complete opposites based upon their social circles, they actually had far more in common than you could imagine. Their study sessions quickly turn into plotting sessions to get information about their cases from the counselor and their relationship slowly begins to develop.
This was a highly engaging story with great characters that you couldn't help but root for. They have already lost so much in their young lives that you want them to finally come out on top. They hit a few rough patches along the way, but I really enjoyed the story and how it ended. I know Katie has several additional books in this series, so I sincerely hope we will get a glimpse into their future post graduation. I know they aren't the main characters in the additional books, but a cameo would certainly be nice. If you have read any of the companion novels...please leave a comment to let me know if I can expect to see Echo and Noah again :)