Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

Synopsis from Barnes and Noble:

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 book was simply beautiful. It was well written and touching and completely amazing. Meg has so many layers to her character and when you think you have her figured out John reveals that there is way more to him than could possibly have been anticipated.

At first glance Meg is your typical rebel without a cause, drinking, having sex and generally acting like a bad ass just because she is bored with her small town. If you read this blog with any kind of regularity you know I love a protagonist with sass and Meg has it in boatloads. But she is also complex and intelligent and there is so much pain and history behind her sarcasm (and her blue hair) that you can't help but fall in love with her. You know immediately that there is a reason she is acting out but the actual cause was one I never saw coming, and it completely changes the narrative.

When you put her together with the extremely guarded John, a cop who lives by the rules, you get fireworks. And not just the good fireworks that come with a love story. But also the bad fireworks that will literally blow up everything in their path. John has his own incredible history and the two stories are woven together beautifully and seamlessly.

This book is drastically different than Echols' Major Crush which I also loved and I am in awe of how talented she is that she crafted such different stories.

Going Too Far is officially released on March 17 but you really need to pre order it NOW!
And go visit Jennifer at her blog and tell her how amazing she is and to write more, very, very quickly.

Other reviews (please tell me if you have reviewed it and I didn't add yours)
Eye On Romance
Teen Book Review
The Book Obsession
Sarah's Random Musings
Persnickety Snark


Marie said...

Looks good I'll have to check this one out- a cop & a blue haired girl: woah!

Ladytink_534 said...

I'm intrigued! It sounds like a very good book.

YA Book Realm said...

Ohhh this book was amazing!! I loved the relationship between Meg and John. Couldn't agree more with the review.

Now, I want to read Major Crush to see how different they are oh and The Boys Next Door.

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