Thursday, June 25, 2009

Title:  Going Too Far
Author:  Jennifer Echols

About the Book:  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 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....  

My Review: This was a different read for me.  After reading about zombies, fairies, suicides, and eating disorders, Going Too Far was a welcome change of pace.  A real dose of reality.  Echols' realistic fiction is a wonderful, quick read!  I enjoyed following the characters, who are very well introduced and developed.  The way that John's secret is kept is great!  I never saw it coming.  When a book does that, I really enjoy it.  Don't give it all to me at once, let somethings be a shocker.  Well, this one was.

There is suspense to this one, which I enjoy in a book, as well as good ol' teenage fun.  The kind of fun that sometimes gets teenagers in trouble.  Meg finds this out first hand.  John tries to keep her from it, the trouble and the story behind the real dangers at the tracks, but she continues to push, too far.

I love how John tries to protect himself, his secret, and Meg at the same time.  Through it all, romance may be blooming, which surprises them both.  Young love, another good addition to a YA novel.  

Jennifer Echols deserves 5/5 stars for Going Too Far.  A great read for teenagers and adults as well!


bermudaonion said...

This sounds fantastic! Thanks for the review.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that really sounds like a great read! I had taken note of this book but wasn't sure if I wanted to read it, but now I'm pretty sure I will!

Beth F said...

This one sounds super! Great review.

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