RYAR Review: BREAKING THE RULES by Katie McGarry

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Series: Pushing the Limits #1.5
Published by Harlequin Teen on December 8, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Provided by: Purchased
Rating: 5 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.


The newest addition to Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series is its most powerful, emotional, heartrending and beautiful. BREAKING THE RULES reunites readers with Echo and Noah in the summer following their high school graduation, when their lives are at a turning point and they’re on the verge of adulthood facing all the challenges that come along with it.

Both Echo and Noah are still struggling with the demons from their pasts and are coming to realize that it’s not as easy to be the people they want to be. Echo is still afraid of the unknown, afraid of change, afraid of risk, afraid of being abandoned, and afraid that she might not be able to stand on her own as an artist. Noah wants to be the man that Echo needs him to be, but his insecurities and his fear of loss might cost him the one person he can’t live without.

Author Katie McGarry has taken their story to the next level. It’s raw, it’s real, it’s heartfelt and moving, it’s relatable. She tackles a point in time in the lives of this young couple where their paths could lead them in different directions. The obstacles she puts in front of them are ones that can’t always be overcome. She makes them face the hard truth that sometimes love may not be enough.

And she does it all in a way that will put readers on an emotional roller coaster, make them ache for everything that Noah and Echo have to go through, and make them wish desperately that the two get their happy ending.

BREAKING THE RULES is a road trip story told in alternating points of view that readers will be able to make a strong connection with, one that deals with real-to-life issues that most couples encounter in their relationship. It’s a story that they’ll fall instantly and madly in love with, with characters that they already adore. It’s a story that shows just how deep the author is willing to dig to add authenticity and to touch readers’ hearts with her characters’ vulnerabilities, their doubts and fears. It’s an amazing story. The very best of the series. And one that is an absolute must read.

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