Thursday, August 4, 2016

Book Review: "Breaking the Rules" by Katie McGarry

Echo and Noah have just graduated high school, and are taking a major summer road trip before they start college.  Echo is trying to show & sell her art at different galleries across the country, and Noah is working here and there but basically just doing what he can to keep the girl he loves safe and happy.  As the trip comes to an end though, situations start coming up that threaten their future; Noah discovers that his mother's family has been trying to contact him, and he doesn't know how he feels about that and Echo has an opportunity to stay in Colorado studying under one of the best artists in the country.

I remembered being really disappointed that this book was only released as an ebook, so despite my love of all things Katie McGarry, I never read it.  But recently I've been firing up my e-reader in preparation for a big trip coming up, and I realized that I could borrow this from the library!

I loved being able to see what happened next with Echo and Noah, the couple that got me hooked on McGarry's stories in the first place.  I also loved that Beth and Isiah make a big appearance as well, which I loved (but had to keep reminding myself of the timeline - this takes place before either of their books).  So Echo and Noah are very in love with each other, but doubt about their future threatens to undermine them both.  They both have major issues surrounding their families and fears of abandonment, but they have trouble talking about it with each other.  This book is about their learning to let go of the past (or find peace in it) and accepting their feelings about what they have each gone through.  It isn't my favorite McGarry story in this series - Echo annoyed me more than I expected she would or could - but I'm still glad I read it.  I also is a step more in the New Adult realm and not YA which was fun and necessary to tell this part of their story.

*****
Breaking the Rules
by Katie McGarry
Harlequin Teen, 2014
304 pages (ebook)
Series:  Pushing the Limits #1.5
Source:  Library
*****

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