Title: Going Too Far
Author: Jennifer Echols
Series: No, standalone
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publish Date: March 17, 2009
Genre: young adult, contemporary, romance
My Rating: *****
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 was my first time reading anything by Jennifer Echols and I have to say I really enjoyed her writing and this book. I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did and ended up reading it all in one day.
- My first impression of Meg wasn’t a very good one, but by the end of the book she was my favorite character. She starts out in the beginning of the book in trouble, smoking pot, drinking, and hanging out on the bridge which is off limits because of a dangerous accident that happened in the past. Then I realized that was not who she really was. Most her bad girl behavior and bravado was just a cover-up for her being sick and not knowing how to handle it. She was actually an intelligent, funny, and scared girl trying to deal with her illness and that showed her true inner strength.
- John After was another one of my favorite characters in this book. He is a 19-year-old cop who has his own tragic issues to cope with and is mysteriously drawn to the bridge where he meets Meg. He brings her into the station and decides to show her and her friends the serious the consequences of those can be by taking them on patrol with emergency vehicles. What he doesn’t plan on is falling for Meg.
- I liked the chemistry between Meg and John from the beginning. It felt believable and drew you into their story. You could feel the tension between them and wonder what would happen next.
- I found myself laughing a few times out loud, especially when Meg was first caught in the police department and was struggling with John’s last name.
- I liked everything about this book. I can’t think of anything that I could list here.
About the Author
Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written nine romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Book Buyer’s Best, and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. Simon & Schuster will debut her adult romance novels in 2013, with many more teen novels scheduled for the next few years. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son.