Book: Breaking TheRules, Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits Series, #1.5
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: December 8th, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
We meet Noah and Echo in Pushing The Limits, and fans all over fell in love with Katie McGarry’s introductory characters to her beloved series. So much so that, despite writing sequels using side characters, fans demanded that Katie continue with Noah and Echo’s story as we wanted to see what happened after their happily ever after.
And we finally get in Breaking The Rules, a full-fledged novel about Noah and Echo’s life-changing summer road trip. In Pushing The Limits we see Echo try and retrieve lost memories and Noah regain custody of his brothers. By that book’s end both of our characters have discovered truths about themselves and we believe that they have pushed past the demons that were conquering their pasts and were moving on with their lives, together as one. Unfortunately, those demons don’t go away so easily and Noah and Echo realise that while they may have accepted that the past may be in the past, that doesn’t mean they’re ready to let go. We see them both discover how to deal with that as a couple in this book, and it was great to read.
Let’s start with Echo. While she has finally reached a stage in her life that she can wear sleeveless tops so her scars are there for the world to see, that doesn’t mean she has forgotten them. She still thinks of her deceased brother constantly and is afraid to think of him as anything less than perfect, so refuses to talk about him. She fears being abandoned as it has happened far too many times in her life, and she struggles whether she should try and attempt a relationship with her mother. She thinks she has moved on now that her stolen memories are finally recovered, but Echo is far from being mended, and watching her struggles nearly broke me. What I think the worst part was out of the whole novel is that for the most part, she would rarely tell Noah her exact feelings whenever she had the chance. She would tell him she’s okay but then her inner dialogue would explain how she’s actually falling apart inside. We know how much Noah and Echo adore each other so it was really heart-breaking to see they still kept things locked inside.
Noah would keep things from Echo; too, they were as bad as each other. While Noah has finally given up his quest to adopt his brothers back, he still has to repair their relationship and learn to let go of the guilt he has over his parents’ deaths. When Noah discovers his mother had relatives that he never knew about, he has to make an important choice regarding having a relationship with them. Noah thought he had put his past behind him when he gave up his brothers and chose to be with Echo, but his past was following him everywhere he went and Noah finally had to stand up to his past and finally face it; even if it means getting hurt in the process.
Noah and Echo face many difficult paths as a couple, and I had to hold my breath for a few scenes, I'll admit. Everyone adores this couple, and we want them to last forever. However, no one can deny that the phrase “opposites attract” began with these two. Echo wants a career in art, something Noah knows nothing about. While he’s incredibly supportive of Echo’s talents, you can also see he truly feels out of place in those galleries. And when Echo receives an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, it means that our favourite couple could be facing their biggest challenge yet.
Katie McGarry has provided an incredibly emotional sequel to her debut couple, one that will leave fans in tears and begging for more. I would recommend reading this book with a box of tissues on hand and a pillow to hug, because trust me, you’ll need it.