Sunday, April 6, 2014

Going Too Far

Author: Jennifer Echols

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Release Date: April 4, 2009

Format: paperback

Number of Pages: 245

Stand Alone or Part of a Series: stand alone

How far would you go?

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 a 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…

Happily Ever After: yes

What I Liked Most About This Book: I love the character development in this book. Meg has flaws and so does John – they aren’t your typical young adult romance cookie-cutter leads. Because they have these flaws, they are able to grow and change throughout the course of the book. The events of the story truly impact them and affect who they are and who they become. It’s nice to see a romantic heroine who isn’t perfect.

What I Liked Least About This Book: I thought that Meg’s inability to recognize someone as being around her own age to be completely unbelievable, especially as it is not explained as to what leads her to make that mistake. Perhaps it is understandable when she is initially arrested as she is intoxicated, but she is subsequently sober and still makes the same mistake until corrected. To me it was very jarring because it doesn’t make any sense and pulls you out of the story.

Share A Quote From The Book:
Tiffany pushed her coffee away. “When do you think you’ll see John again? Are you planning to rob a bank?”

“Ha. He may be at a college party in Birmingham tonight. That’s was the other reason I called you. I need you to do with me.”

“No way,” she said. “I don’t want to drink.”

“Believe me, I don’t want you to drink. Ever. Again. You don’t have to drink. A college party isn’t that big a deal. It’s a lot like a high school party. The boys are still stupid. They’re just taller and hold their liquor better.”

Would I Recommend This Book: Yes

Would I Re-Read This Book: Yes

Rating: Five out of five stars.

Other Comments: This is on the mature end of the spectrum for a young adult book. If you are easily offended by adult topics, proceed with caution.

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