Pushing the Limits Read-Along – Week 1

This fabulous event is hosted by ME Candace Book Blog, Natalia @ Dazzling Reads, The Page Turners, Mary @ The Book Swarm and The Bewitched Bookworms.

For 6 weeks, we will discuss the amazing emotional roller coaster that is Pushing the Limits. We will tear up with Echo, swoon over Noah and thoroughly enjoy this unbelievably fantastic book!  Every week will have awesometastic giveaways sponsored by HarlequinTEEN  and we have an epic, unique and absolutely adorable Grand Prize  sponsored by Bewitched Bookworms and Katie McGarry herself!
Ready for some fun?!
Along with the fun questions and reader discussions, there are also giveaways going on!
Visit the different hosts of the week to find out what the next giveaway is and below is the information about the awesome grand prize!

Grand Prize Package

The winner will be drawn from all participants during the course of the  Read-Along. Of course, if you participate every week, you’ll have 6  chances to win! This Prize Package is sponsored by Katie McGarry (we love her so much!!) and the Bewitched Bookworms and is special, unique and totally inspired by our loves: Echo & Noah!
  • 1 personalized, signed, finished copy of Pushing The Limits!(Katie will sign it to the winner!)
  • Fudge brownie mix since that’s Lila’s favorite and she always buys them when she is with Echo
  • Pushing the Limits Bookmark
  • A small Hot Wheels Corvette – VROOM!
  • CD from Angela McGarry. Katie’s sister-in-law wrote and recorded a song called Can You. The song is inspired by Pushing the Limits and is from Echo’s POV. Part of the chorus is: I’m broken, I’m shattered, I’m scarred. Can you really save me? It’s an amazing song.
  • Cinnamon Lip Gloss (Bath& Body works) Noah loves that Echo smells like Cinnamon …
  • Cinnamon Room Spray (Bath & Body Works)
  • Pair of Fingerless long Gloves

Now, for this week’s questions:

1. The story starts out with Echo’s thoughts on how she wants to answer  her therapist’s questions (snarky and caustically truthful) which are  quickly juxtaposed to how she does (milque-toasty and banal).
Who do you think she hides the truth for more, her parents or herself?

I think she hides the truth more for her parents at first, mainly her father since he is so controlling and worried about what everybody else sees.  He is quite hard to please, and Echo knows that the truth is not what he wants to see or hear, so she clams up.  But there is some that she hides from herself as well.

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 2. We see Mrs. Collins, the school therapist, interact with both Echo and Noah in the first few chapters. From those interactions, what do you think of her?  Is she a  prototypical caricature of state care?  Or do you think she’s there to  make an honest difference in the lives of those she’s there to help?

I really like Mrs. Collins.  She seems very honest and genuinely concerned for those who need her help.  If I ever had to have a therapist, I would like someone like her.  She isn’t afraid to speak her mind and won’t be intimidated.

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3. Noah has two friends, Beth and Isaiah, who have his back no matter  what–through thick and thin–and he has theirs. Consequently, his life  is a little easier because he has two people who know about his  situation. Echo only has one close friend, and Lila will barely speak to her in school.
Do you think Echo would have had an easier time coping and moving on if she had friends like Noah does?

A support system is very important when trying to deal with things.  When you feel that you have no one to talk to or don’t have someone you trust to confide in, it makes it a lot harder to get past tough times.  So I definitely think  it would have been easier for her had she had someone like Noah does.  She didn’t really have anyone to help her just live a normal life after what happened, so she closed herself off.

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4 . Echo fixates on a colorful ribbon that sits on the school counselor’s desk during their one-on-one sessions.
Do you think this is a case of “Oh, look at the pretty ribbon.  Let me zone out while staring at it” , or could it have a deeper  significance?

Definitely deeper significance.  When I read it I thought to myself that something was up with the ribbon.  Something doesn’t stir inside for no reason 🙂

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 5 .) Noah and the jacket… Already when Noah and Echo meet for the first time, Noah got angry when Echo forgot her Jacket (pg 34). Then on Echo’s Birthday party Noah gave Echo his jacket when he saw that she forgot hers (pg 54). There is a significance behind his anger when Echo has no coat and it tells already so much about Noah!
a) Why do you think is Noah so focused on Echo and her Jacket and what does that tell you about Noah’s character?

To me, this showed that Noah is more thoughtful than people give him credit for.  His heart isn’t a lump of coal like some people like to make it out to be.

b) Show us your favorite jacket! Either with you having it on or alone!

I like peacoats a lot and I have a black one that I love.  It’s packed up right now, so I will show you one like it here.  It’s simple, warm and comfy!

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6. Echo wears gloves all the time to hide her scars. Not only for her  sake, but obviously also for the others. When Noah sees Echo’s scars for the first time he’s shocked.
a) Do you think this was the moment he began to see Echo in a different light?

He may not have known what had happened to her, but in my opinion he already saw her in a different light shown by how he was concerned for her and how he treated her differently even in the beginning, but seeing the scars really did it for him.  I think seeing her scars for the first time just emphasized it to him and made him realize that they share difficult pasts.

b) Show us your favorite pair of gloves!

I love to text and play with my smartphone, even if it is cold, so I love my smartgloves!  I don’t know exactly how they work, but the tips of these gloves actually work on touch screens.  The days of ungloving and freezing fingers just to text are over! See them here!

Head over to  The Page Turners for next weeks questions and Bewitched Bookworms for this week’s giveaway!

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3 responses to “Pushing the Limits Read-Along – Week 1

  1. Oh I remember seeing those smart gloves! I don’t have a smart phone anymore, but when I had my iphone they would have been nice. Especially when I visited SD and ND and it was so cold.
    It looks like our answers are pretty similar. I really wish Echo had a group of close knit friends, I just felt so bad for her!
    Thanks for joining in the read-along!

  2. Ooh, smart gloves? now that’s pretty handy.
    Poor Echo–her support system, something she desperately needs, is pretty much nonexistent. I can’t believe the way her friends and family treat her, especially after what she went through. Even if they didn’t know what really went on, it’s obvious she’s hurting!

  3. heatherfaye

    I love your answers particularly the gloves you chose and why!

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