Pushing the Limits Read-Along Week One

It’s time! It’s time!

The Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry Read-Along

is finally here and you are all invited to read along with us! No matter if you haven’t read the book before, or if you (like us) read it already and just want to spend some more time with Noah and Echo!
This fabulous event is hosted by ME Candace Book Blog, Natalia @ Dazzling Reads, The Page Turners, Mary @ The Book Swarm and The Bewitched Bookworms.
For 6 weeks, we will discuss the amazing emotional roller coaster that is Pushing the Limits. We will tear up with Echo, swoon over Noah and thoroughly enjoy this unbelievably fantastic book! Every week will have awesometastic giveaways sponsored by HarlequinTEEN and we have an epic, unique and absolutely adorable Grand Prize sponsored by Bewitched Bookworms and Katie McGarry herself!
Ready for some fun?!
Then grab your copy of Pushing the Limits and buckle up! It’s one hell of a ride!!


  • July 24 – Intro Post for the Read-A-Long – Linky for Participation!Go HERE if you haven’t signed up.
  • July 31 – Bewitched Bookworms Pages 7-84 ends with a Noah Chapter
  • Aug 7th – The Page Turners Pages 85 – 162 – ends with a Noah Chapter
  • Aug 14th – Candace Book Blog Pages 163 – 239 – ends with a Noah Chapter
  • Aug 21th – Dazzling Reads Pages 240 – 316 – ends with a Echo chapter
  • Aug 28th – The Book Swarm Pages 317 – 392
We would be incredibly happy if you’d join us! Pushing The Limits comes out TODAY, so if you pre-ordered, get the eBook or have an ARC you will be ready to get started with the first Chapters and read a long with us!
So, right now all you need is the book (..duuuh) and an outlet where to post your answers!
(Blog, Goodreads, Tumblr or even Facebook – wherever you can post the answers!!!)
“Rules” of Participation
  • Link up here with the outlet where you want to post. All types of Blogs, Goodreads, Facebook – anywhere where you can post your answers.
  • Questions are posted the week before. (You have one week to post your answers)
  • Every week a new linky will be posted to link up your weekly post.
  • You must answer at least 5 questions to get an entry for the giveaway.
  • Have Fun and Spread the word ! 😉
  • To make new friends, meet the other participants and leave some comment love!
Of course we will have some awesome Prize Packages for you to win!

Grand Prize Package

The winner will be drawn from all participants during the course of the Read-Along. Of course, if you participate every week, you’ll have 6 chances to win! This Prize Package is sponsored by Katie McGarry (we love her so much!!) and the Bewitched Bookworms and is special, unique and totally inspired by our loves: Echo & Noah!
  • 1 personalized, signed, finished copy of Pushing The Limits!(Katie will sign it to the winner!)
  • Fudge brownie mix since that’s Lila’s favorite and she always buys them when she is with Echo
  • Pushing the Limits Bookmark
  • A small Hot Wheels Corvette – VROOM!
  • CD from Angela McGarry. Katie’s sister-in-law wrote and recorded a song called Can You. The song is inspired by Pushing the Limits and is from Echo’s POV. Part of the chorus is: I’m broken, I’m shattered, I’m scarred. Can you really save me? It’s an amazing song.
  • Cinnamon Lip Gloss (Bath& Body works) Noah loves that Echo smells like Cinnamon …
  • Cinnamon Room Spray (Bath & Body Works)
  • Pair of Fingerless long Gloves
Isn’t this a cuteness Prize?!?!

Weekly Giveaways!

Each week, each host blog is going to host an individual giveaway during the week!
Sneak peak of the books you can win:
Speechless by Hannah Harrington, Circle of Silence by Carol M.Tanzman, Temptation by Karen Hopkins, Confessions of An Angry Girl by Louise Rozett.

And now onto the Questions for the first week:

1. The story starts out with Echo’s thoughts on how she wants to answer her therapist’s questions (snarky and caustically truthful) which are quickly juxtaposed to how she does (milque-toasty and banal).
Who do you think she hides the truth for more, her parents or herself?

I think her parents because she’s not at all able to stand up to them or say anything she really feels.  She says what they want to hear.  Not that she doesn’t hide the truth from herself as well…

 2. We see Mrs. Collins, the school therapist, interact with both Echo and Noah in the first few chapters. From those interactions, what do you think of her? Is she a prototypical caricature of state care? Or do you think she’s there to make an honest difference in the lives of those she’s there to help?

I had a good feeling about Mrs. Collins straight away and I think a lot of it is because she’s not afraid of Echo’s dad.  She says what she wants/needs to say and tries to make sure Echo gets her thoughts in as well.  Right away this made me feel like Mrs. Collins was the real deal.

3. Noah has two friends, Beth and Isaiah, who have his back no matter what–through thick and thin–and he has theirs. Consequently, his life is a little easier because he has two people who know about his situation. Echo only has one close friend, and Lila will barely speak to her in school.
Do you think Echo would have had an easier time coping and moving on if she had friends like Noah does?

I think it would have helped her because she’s so determined for things to be back to normal, for everyone to accept her.  And in feeling this way she’s kind of setting herself up for failure, because who wants to be friends with people who don’t truly accept you?

4 . Echo fixates on a colorful ribbon that sits on the school counselor’s desk during their one-on-one sessions. 
 Do you think this is a case of “Oh, look at the pretty ribbon. Let me zone out while staring at it” , or could it have a deeper significance?

I really think there’s a deeper significance.  But I have to say it really confused me.  I just wasn’t making a connection at first.  But the fact that she felt drawn to it made me feel that there’s something there.  Something important.

 5 .) Noah and the jacket… Already when Noah and Echo meet for the first time, Noah got angry when Echo forgot her Jacket (pg 34). Then on Echo’s Birthday party Noah gave Echo his jacket when he saw that she forgot hers (pg 54). There is a significance behind his anger when Echo has no coat and it tells already so much about Noah!
a) Why do you think is Noah so focused on Echo and her Jacket and what does that tell you about Noah’s character?

It shows that Noah is a gentleman.  It might be a little deep inside sometimes, but his worry about her shows there’s more to him.

b) Show us your favorite jacket! Either with you having it on or alone!

I’m too lazy to dig out my jacket so I headed over to pinterest to find one similar. Then I found out that you can be sued even when you credit the photographer so I took down the image.  But I really love peacoats.  This one is GORGEOUS.

6. Echo wears gloves all the time to hide her scars. Not only for her sake, but obviously also for the others. When Noah sees Echo’s scars for the first time he’s shocked.
a) Do you think this was the moment he began to see Echo in a different light?

Yes, but more so I think this is when Echo sees him in a different light.  Because he doesn’t tell everyone about them and he’s not disgusted.  But for Noah I think that this is the point when he realizes that maybe he should be a little nicer to her and that maybe there’s more to her.  And I guess he felt sorry for her.

b) Show us your favorite pair of gloves!

 I live in Washington and it doesn’t get that cold here.  So I don’t actually have any gloves.  However, there are some awesome ones on pinterest…  I love the fingerless ones.  And it was hard deciding which one to link to because I love SO MANY! But I love how high these ones go up.

Now head over to The Page Turners for next weeks questions! And to Bewitched Bookworms for this weeks giveaway! 

Link up your own answers here!

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  1. Oh seriously! This ribbon confused the hell out of me… Of course I get that there has to be something about it since it is pointed out so often, but I couldn’t figure out what!!

    I felt so very sorry about Echo in these initial chapters especially with a father like hers! I couldn’t stand this man, nor this stepmother and I was so sorry that Echo had no one to really talk to….

  2. I so loved Mrs. Collins as well! I had a good feeling about her too, and I was hoping she was going to be as on the level about everything as she seemed:) And Noah and the jacket? Loved him and how concerned he was for her well-being. So cute:)


  3. Noah really is a gentleman, isn’t he? He doesn’t like to show it, though. I love peacoats, too. They’re so cool and look good on just about anyone.

  4. Ahhhh I wish I could participate but I’m currently planning something that’s taking up all my time. :( I love Pushing the Limits though!! I will definitely be picking up a pretty finished copy. :)

  5. I am glad to see that you agree about the social worker. I just have a feeling she really is the real deal! I know I never wear jackets and gloves here in Oregon but I have them from my trips back to Idaho in the winter. I am really enjoying the book so far but I wish there was more indication that the POV was changing. That is making me crazy!

  6. This is the first time I have participated in a Read Along like this, so fun. Mrs. Collins is definitely one of my favorite characters (behind Noah and Echo of course). I am a peacoat person, too :-)

  7. I’ll admit, I wasn’t too thrilled with the idea that Ms. Collins was going to be the one to bring Echo and Noah together, but I got over it quickly. I think I just didn’t trust her at first, but she surprised me.

  8. Holy molly! that link to the jacket.. wow! I SO want it!! =9 beautiful!I totally about Noah and the scars too! it was so nice to see his reaction. He wasnt disgusted and that he realized that there was more to that girl than what he just saw on the surface.


  9. I had a good feeling about Mrs. Collins too, there was something about her that just made it easier to like her(from my perspective of course because I saw that she was trying, but I don’t think I would have like her that much if I was in Echo or Noah’s shoes…).
    This is my first read-a-long and I’ve got to say it’s very cool to go around and read what others have though about different parts of the book I love so much!

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