Pushing the Limits Read Along – Week 2

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. ­­­Noah and Echo create a plan to read their
files. What do you think of this plan? Would you read your friends file first
knowing you might not have time to read your own? Would you want to read your
own file?

It’s hard to say whether I would read my friend’s file first or not knowing I may only get one chance to read one of them.  Generally, I have a tendency to put others before myself, so I probably would end up reading theirs first, especially if it was someone I was falling for.  In a situation like Echo’s I don’t think I could not want to read my file knowing everything I couldn’t remember was in it, so I would definitely want to give a plan to read it a shot.

2. Mrs. Collins starts to earn Noah’s trust by
taking him to see his brother win a writing contest. What do you think of how
she’s handling Noah? How would you feel if you were in Noah’s position, hearing
that your brother sees you as his hero?

I think Mrs. Collins is great at handling Noah.  She shows him that he can trust her and that she really is on his side.  If I were Noah and my brother thought I was a hero, I’d be touched beyond words.  One of Noah’s biggest fears is that his brothers won’t care about him as much or not be as close to him and hearing this from my brother would make me realize that isn’t how it would be.  I wanted to cry at this part of the book because of how wonderful it was.

3. Echo is starting to draw and paint again.
She’s starting to express the feelings and what she’s seeing as she’s starting
to remember what happened that day. Art therapy seems to be a popular way for
people to deal with their feelings, why do you think Echo’s dad didn’t want her
to continue with art since it was such a big part of her and is part of so many
people’s therapy in dealing with similar issues?

I think there is a couple of reasons her father doesn’t want her to paint and take art classes.  First, with doing art therapy, it could help open her up more and she may remember faster than without it, especially since art is pretty cpnnected to the memory because of her winning the award for her art.  He doesn’t really want Echo to remember what happened, but blocking her from something as therapeutic to her as art could also block her from remembering as fast.  Another reason is he might see her art as a connection to mental illness and doesn’t want her to continue in fear of possible illness.

4. We see how crazy Beth’s home life is and we
start to understand why she is not as keen to be trusting with people in her
life. At the same time, we get to see how fiercely loyal Noah is. What do you
think of the way Noah reacted to Beth being beaten by her mother’s boyfriend? Do
you think it’s showing bad behavior that could get Noah in more trouble or the
act of a true friend?

I must say I would want to react the same way Noah did if a close friend of mine came home beaten like that.  Yes, what he did was illegal and a big risk, but it also showed what a loyal friend he is and he is someone Beth really needs in her life, especially when her own mother basically allows it to happen.  I definitely do not see it as “bad behavior” since he was doing it for someone he cares about.

5. Echo has an unusual name. What do you think
of the story behind it? Is there a Greek Myth or other story that would inspire
you to name a child after a character?

I think Echo’s name is very fitting.  Like the girl in the story, she over came things and found her own voice.  She started standing up for herself and let people know what she felt was best for herself.  I can’t think of any myths right off hand that inspire me for names.  I do like unusual names, but I can’t think of any specific mythological names I would name my child.

6. Echo’s big thing is trying to find “normal”
again. She doesn’t want to be the scared girl or the girl who can’t remember
what happened to her, she just wants to be normal. This goal impacts her
relationships with her family, friends, Noah and her ex Luke. But at the end of
this section, Echo is starting to figure out that there’s no going back to old
normal and she’s going to have to find a new normal. How big of a step is it for
Echo when she realizes she’s not “in” love with Luke and figures out that she
does need to find a new normal?

This was a huge step for Echo because with it, she realizes that her life can’t go back to the way it was before, which was the normal she longed for.  Her life was forever impacted by what happened to her and the new normal was something she had to find and not something she was looking for in the past.

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