Review – Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

Going Too Far

Title:              Going Too Far

Author:    Jennifer Echols

Pages:     245

Series:    No, standalone

Publisher:       Pocket Books

Publish Date:   March 17, 2009

Source:    library

Genre:  young adult, contemporary, romance

My Rating:      *****

Goodreads Summary:

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….

My Thoughts:

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.   

Likes:

  • 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.

Dislikes:

  • 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.

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Review – The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

The Infinite Moment of Us

 

Title:  The Infinite Moment of Us

Author:  Lauren Myracle

Pages:  336

Series:  No

Publisher:  Amulet Books, imprint of Abrams

Publish Date:  August 20, 2013

Genre:  YA, Contemporary

Source:  Publisher

My Rating:  ****

Goodreads Summary:  For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, so does an uncomfortable realization: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now… not so much. Wren needs to honor her own desires, but how can she if she doesn’t even know what they are?

Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie—at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.

And yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after high school, Wren and Charlie’s souls will collide. But souls are complicated, as are the bodies that house them…

Sexy, romantic, and oh-so-true to life, this is an unforgettable look at first love from one of young adult fiction’s greatest writers.

My Thoughts:

Likes:

  • Actually my favorite characters were Tessa and PG.  I thought they were represented as the obnoxious, but loveable couple perfectly.  They had chemistry and came across as funny and caring.
  • Loved the personal conflict between Wren and her parents – trying to please them and then how she stood up to them and got them to realize they were trying to make her choices for her.  It showed her growth and maturity as a character.
  • I enjoyed reading about Charlie’s family.  It showed a little of the dynamics of a loving foster family.
  • This is of my favorite covers that has come out recently.  It goes right out to my hopeless romantic heart.

Dislikes:

  • Wren and Charlie were a sweet couple.  It was a little hard to buy that they had known each other for years and then just looked across the school grounds and were suddenly attracted to one another suddenly.  At least that is how I read this, but it never really explained their past to bring this about.  I mean, how did they go through four years of high school and never met or spoke until the last day of school?  I just found it less believable than others I think.
  • The author does have a note at the beginning of the book warning about the sexual content of this book, but I don’t agree with this book being classified as young adult.  I have two teenage daughters on the younger end of the spectrum and I wouldn’t want them reading the graphic sex scenes in this book.

Overall, I liked this book and gave it four stars on Goodreads and I will probably read more by this author.

 

Author Profile for Lauren Myracle 

Lauren Myracle is the author of numerous young adult novels. She was born in 1969 in North Carolina. Lauren Myracle holds an MA in English from Colorado State University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. she has written many novels, including the famous IM books, ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r. Her first novel, Kissing Kate, was selected as one of ALA’s “Best Books for Young Adults” for the year 2004. It was named by Booklist as one of the “Top Ten Youth Romances” of the year, as well as one of the “Top Ten Books by New Writers.” Her middle-grade novel, Eleven, came out 2004, followed by its YA sequels (Twelve, Thirteen, Thirteen Plus One).

 

I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.