The Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry Read-Along
It’s one hell of a ride!!
Stop by your local bookstore TODAY or click to order Pushing the Limits:
- July 24 – Intro Post for the Read-A-Long – Linky for Participation!
- July 31 – Bewitched Bookworms Pages 7-84
- Aug 7th – PageTurnersBlog Pages 85 – 162 – THIS Week’s HOST!
- Aug 14th – Candace Book Blog Pages 163 – 239
- Aug 21th – Dazzling Reads Pages 240 – 316
- Aug 28th – The Book Swarm Pages 317 – 392
Stacey’s Answer’s to 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?
I think this plan shows how desperate these two are and how little they trust adults/authority figures in their lives. I think this plan also shows how much they want to trust someone else. For them to trust each other with such personal information has to be a huge step for both of them.
I’m not sure I’d want to read my file, but then I don’t think it would have anything worth reading in it. So I’d hope that if I made a plan like this with a friend (or a hot boy) that I’d read their’s first and then go for mine.
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?
First, I LOVED this scene, it showed what Noah was “fighting” for and it shows his softer side. We see some of it with Echo, but this is a totally different side of Noah and I LOVED seeing it.
But this scene does a lot more than that. It shows what Mrs. Collins plan is, or at least starts to show us the plan even if we don’t full understand what’s up. It shows that she cares for Noah and wants to give him something to fight for, that his brothers do still love and care for him. I also think she’s trying to show him that the foster family that his brothers are in isn’t as bad as he thinks it is.
But I don’t think Noah’s at a point yet to totally get it, but this is part of the process to help him and I like the way that Mrs. Collins is helping. She’s working with him, or at least trying to, and not against him saying no, you can’t, she’s trying to find a different way to a goal. It’s kind of funny, the more I think about it, Mrs. Collins and I probably see the world very similarly. It’s not always about what you think it’s about, sometimes it’s about what you want out of something, not the item itself.
Anyway, I like the approach Mrs. Collins is taking, I like that she is forming the plans to each of them and not using a one solution for all approach. I think without Mrs. Collins both Echo and Noah end up very screwed up people.
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 Echo’s dad is fighting just as many demons as Echo is. He wants Echo to move on and just forget about that day and also move on from all the things that could remind her of that day. Her dad really means well, he just wants to be helpful, but that’s hard when you aren’t sure what will help. He makes choices that end up hurting her more, or at least that’s how he sees it, so now he’s pushing in a whole new direction. So it’s one of those, I get it, but still probably not the right choice moments for Echo’s Dad.
As for as Echo and art, I’m SUPER glad she’s doing it again. This is one part of her old life she can have back. She didn’t loose the ability to do this, and she obviously still has a passion for it. This is a way for her to bridge new Echo with old Echo and I’m glad her talents don’t go to waste.
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?
This scene is a mixed bag for me. It was really hard for me to read because it’s not the Noah I want him to be. He’s quite to that point yet and he’s still making poor choices, but on the other hand, I can see why he makes the choices he does in this scene.
Calling the cops isn’t an answer for Beth, Noah and Isaiah. There’s too much at stake and having the cops involved could screw up the life they’ve made for themselves. So what else is there to do but to stand up to the guy who’s beating up your best friends? This scene shows the world in which these three are living in. It’s a balancing act and they really only have each other to lean on. And this is why I thought this scene was so well done. It shows both worlds Noah is in. He’s that super supportive best friend who’s always there for you, as well as the guy who makes poor choices and uses violence instead of other means to solve the problem.
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?
The Q & A we have up with Katie goes into how she chose Echo’s name. And I like the idea of the girl who has no voice finding her voice. I think that’s an empowering story. I also think it fits Echo in other ways. It’s a different name and Echo’s a different girl. She doesn’t it into everyone’s mold for her, she has to make her own path to find out who she is. So yeah, I think the name works!
As for would I name a child after a Greek Myth, hmmm probably not. I LOVE older sounding names, Phineas is my favorite, because of the book A Separate Peace. (Funny aside, I just googled Phineas to make sure I spelled it correctly and I found this:
Phineas, a Greek mythological king of Thrace and seer
LOL so yeah, I guess I would, hehe.
But my general point is I’m not big on crazy unusual names. So in real life, Echo probably wouldn’t be my first choice, but in a book, as an author, you know the character, they have a life and a personality, and you have more information about the “person” so you can choose a name that fits them. I think this is why I always like the fantasy stories where they have naming days that happen when the child is older. A name is such an important part of a person or a character, so I always love it when authors put a lot of time and thought into naming their characters.
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?
I think this is a HUGE step for her. At this point of the book everyone’s pushing her towards the old Echo. And for her to step out of the easier path and really start to think about what she wants and what she’s feeling, it’s a big thing. I also love how Katie writes out the whole sex/love/in love conversation. I think it’s very relateable for the reader and really captures the feelings and expresses them well. The idea of loving someone vs. being in love with them is a hard idea to grasp for anyone, let a lone a teenager. So I’m glad Katie addresses that and shows that it’s okay to say no and to explain what you’re feeling.
Now here are next week’s Qs for Pages 163 – 239. Next week our host is Candace Book Blog
1. In the beginning of this section Noah decides to ignore Echo because he’s angry and hurt. What did you think of this? Have you ever experienced a friendship that went awry and they started ignoring you?
2. Noah has a bit of a false reputation. Everyone thinkgs he’s a big druggie and a guy that just randomly hooks up with girls. While some of it is true to a certain extent, we see it’s not really him. Have you ever had a false reputation where people draw their own conclusions? Do you think Noah should do something to make people not think that about him?
3. Ashley finds out she’s having a boy and informs Echo she will have a brother ‘again’. Echo took this very personally and was extremely upset. Do you think Echo overreacted? Do you think Ashley meant that the new brother would replace her brother?
4. Echo doesn’t remember what happened with her mother and for this reason she has troubles seeing her the way everyone else does. She can’t seem to not miss her and still wants to talk to her. Do you think she should pursue finding her mom? Do you think it will help her or do you think she would be in danger?
5. Noah doesn’t trust the people who have his brothers because of his own past situations. He decides to seek out a lawyer himself and try to get custody. Do you think this is his best move? Do you think there are some other options he should consider?
6. Echo finds out that Noah and his parents built houses for Habitat for Humanity. Have you ever volunteered for something like that? What is a cause that you feel strongly about?
Leave the link to your answer of this week’s Qs!