Review & Giveaway ENDED: Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols {#JustContemporary}

I’ve been wanting to read a Jennifer Echols book for ages so I was very excited when I was able to borrow a couple to read for Just Contemporary {find out more about this event HERE}.  After borrowing the book I found a finished copy and decided to give it away to one of you!  You can find the giveaway at the bottom of the post.
Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
Paperback, 245 pgs.
Published March 17th, 2009 by Pocket Books
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Borrowed

All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far…and almost doesn’t make it back.
John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won’t soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won’t be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge — and over….

 This ended up being a great contemporary romance.  I was caught by surprise for much of it {I hadn’t read the back of the book recently} and didn’t always know how things would play out.  That was good and bad because I would have liked to maybe have a better idea in the beginning who John was.  I mean he was cop, but I imagined him to be older so I was kind of confused.  But things got straight in my head as I read and I started to understand him and Meg a bit better.
I didn’t much care for Meg.  She wasn’t very thoughtful, she wasn’t very nice and I guess she just acted like one of those spoiled brats that I hate {not that she was a spoiled brat, she just acted like one}.  I remember knowing them as a teen and was always so embarrassed by their behavior.  And while Meg isn’t a real likable person that’s how she’s meant to be because we watch her grow and discover why she she is the way she is.  And she redeemed herself in my eyes, but I still had a hard time reading about her at times cause she just drove me nuts!  And even though she drove me nuts there were times when I really did like her.  When she said and thought some really funny things and when she was crushing on John.
I wasn’t real sure what to think about John, it took me a bit to get a better feel for him.  But once his softer side started to come out I fell for him like Meg did.  I realized what a great guy he was and he kind of just kept proving it over and over when Meg did stupid things.  Not that he didn’t make any mistakes, but after Meg’s enormous ones, his little ones weren’t so bad.
Overall I ended up really enjoying this book a lot.  There is sexual reference and innuendo along with a few curse words.  I would recommend this to older or more mature young adult readers.  The characters are also 17 and 19, so that kind of gives you an idea for the age group this is meant for.  

The Giveaway:ENDED
One paperback copy (gently used, but looks new) to one lucky person!
US only or you be willing to pay for shipping outside the US (sorry!)
Must be 13 or older to enter.
Ends 11/24/11

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  1. Even though I can tell Meg will most likely bother me as a character, it’s good to know that by the end you felt she redeemed herself and made up for some of her past behavior:) That makes me thing this one might be worth my while to read!

    Lovely review Candace, and thank you so much for the giveaway!

  2. Please count me in for this. I haven’t read anything by Jennifer Echols but would really love to. This sounds like a good read, I love watching characters grow and learning about their lives :)


  3. I’m addicted to contemporary right now. It’s just a great genre! I’m new to Jennifer Echols, but it sounds like an excellent read!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot cm

  4. This has been on my wishlist for a long time but I have never gotten around to reading it. So thanks for the giveaway. And thanks for the review, now I really want to read it.

    miss.smileygirlie at gmail dot com

  5. I’ve never read a book by this author, but I have always wanted to.

    It’s interesting what you say about Meg’s character being a bit like a spoiled brat but then developing… character development is one of the things I love most in books. While I might find myself annoyed with her too (who knows!?) I would almost certainly grow to feel really positively toward her if she showed great development, even if she still was a bit annoying, because she was working on herself.

  6. Never heard of this one before. I often try not to read too much about the book beforehand and also don’t always read the synopsis so I get a better surprising read :) I did that with Smoke and Bone. Bought it for the hype alone haha.

    Xpresso Reads

  7. I have read a few Jennifer Echols books and really liked them so I’d be excited to get my hands on this. And I totally understand the dual feelings for a character. It can make it hard to continue reading a book, but I’m happy you like it since I do want to read it. As for the cop thing, I always think of cops as at least 30 something so I would totally be confused too, lol. I’d be like wait… *backtrack*
    @Mera’s YA Book List


  8. Hmmm… I don’t know if this is a book I’d like. It’s be kind of hard for me if the main character is hard to support because of her bratty behavior, but I’m glad you ended up enjoying it.

  9. I just recently read my first Jennifer Echols book and I must say I truly enjoyed it. I would love the chance to win and read this one especially since you enjoyed it. Thanks so much for the giveaway and a great review.

    stilettostorytime at gmail dot com

  10. Mary DeBorde [M.A.D.]
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

    Thank you for such a nice giveaway!! I really like Jennifer Echols but have not read this book – it sounds realistically honest and one my daughter and I both would enjoy :)

  11. The only book I have read by Echols is Forget You and it took me a little while to get into that one even though I enjoyed it in the end. It sounds like this book is the same way. I’m sorry you were so frustrated with the characters for so long though.

    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  12. Fantastic review! Although I’m a bit turned off of the idea of Meg acting like a spoiled brat (not my type of protagonist), I think I’ll give this a try.

    Please enter me in the giveaway! :)

  13. I did like Going Too Far, but I’ll say that Forget You is my favorite of the Echols I’ve read. They are all romance, so none of them have been absolute LOVES for me, since it’s not my normal genre, but I will say that, overall, I’ve been quite pleasantly surprised by how much I’ve enjoyed Echols. :)

  14. I haven’t read a Jennifer Echols book, but everyone has raved about them, so this would be the perfect opportunity to have a chance to win one :).

    Thank you for the review, I hate those types of girls, too, the ones that think they’re entitled to everything. Typical high school girl, pretty much!

    Thank you for the giveaway, too!

  15. Thanks for the review-I’m glad I’m not the only one that gets fed up with characters from time to time. I find I can’t read a book without first reading the back-I need to know what I’m getting into. Sounds like a great contemporary YA story. Hope to check it out.

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  16. Excellent review! Love to read a book where everything isn’t all perfectly tied up neat & pretty!
    Best wishes and thanks for a chance to win this fantabulous giveaway!

  17. I read this book back in june, it was a cute contemporary read, i really like Jennifer Echol’s stories, but i agree with how unlikable Meg was at the beginning.

    – juhina

    please enter me to the giveaway! 😀

  18. Not entering. Just wanted to stop by and say YAY for Jennifer Echols. I kinda love her and all her books, including Going Too Far.

    I remember reading it and really enjoying it, but I get how Meg could bother you. She’s definitely a little rough around the edges, but I’m happy you still enjoyed the book.

  19. I’m not entering either because I already own a copy of this one. I love this book. I wasn’t sure of it at the beginning either, but by time it was over I loved it and went back and started it again from the beginning.

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