Title: Going Too Far
Author: Jennifer Echols
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Publisher: MTV Books (Imprint of Simon & Schuster)
Date Published: March 17th, 2009
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….
When I picked up Going Too Far (for my November Random Reads pick) I was in a bit of a reading rut. I wasn’t sure if this book would help me to get out of it or not. It’s a young adult contemporary romance, so it’s a bit different than my usual paranormal reads. But really I had nothing to worry about because this was a phenomenal book. It hooked me very quickly and I literally sat down and didn’t stand up again until I was finished. I just couldn’t put it down!
Jennifer Echols has a very easy-going and witty writing style which I immediately connected with. But what was most engaging about this book were the characters. Both Meg and John are extremely dynamic and layered characters whose layers are peeled away as the pages are turned. Not only is the chemistry between them absolutely sizzling, but each of them individually are characters who were built so well. Like real people, their past experiences shaped them and made them who they are today. Their little quirks, feelings, fears, and irrational actions are all because of things that have happened to them in the past. It makes such a huge difference in understanding and relating to them when you understand why they do the things they do.
This book really blew me away. I loved the relationship and chemistry between Meg and John. But there were also huge surprises that I so did not expect throughout the entire book. Echols did an amazing job at giving us clues about certain things, without giving away the punch line. I’m really impressed.
Overall seriously this is such an amazing book. It managed to get me out of a post-Thanksgiving week reading rut I was having and I will definitely be checking out more by Jennifer Echols in the future. You will fall in love with these characters and their blooming relationship, and you’ll have trouble putting it down until you find out how it all turns out in the end. My only problem? There’s no more of them! I wish there was more to read about Meg and John. I absolutely loved them.
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