Going Too Far – Jennifer Echols
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….
Are you tired of reading the same old teen romances over and over again? Beginning to wish the main characters of said romances killed each other in a ritual sacrifice, just to add a new twist to the formulaic tale? Am I beginning to sound freakishly like a late-night infomercial?
If the answer to those is yes, then you should a) give me a virtual slap, and then b) read Going Too Far. I know there are already a lot of great reviews for this book, and I’m probably the last person to read it, but give me a chance to gush about it too.
Meg and John make the unlikeliest of couples for a teen love story. She’s messed up, she’s crazy and she likes to live dangerously. He’s a cop who’s insanely mature for his years and is being held back by his ghosts and his sense of responsibility. Together, they change each other in a way that will leave you craving for more Meg, more John, more anything Going Too Far.
The book is told from the first-person point of view of Meg, a surprisingly non-irritating female protagonist. Sure, she makes some bad choices and pulls some stupid stunts, but you don’t want to throttle her (too much) and make her see reason. She’s pretty reasonable and observant. The problem is John.
Ohhh, John. He shot right into my top 10 fictional characters to swoon over. You know how in most books, you can see right through the guy and wish the girl would just open her eyes and see it too? Well, the crazy thing about this book is that you can’t figure John out as easily as you’d think. His silences, his cryptic behavior, his reactions all throw us for a loop every time, and that’s proof of some seriously good writing and characterization on Jennifer Echol’s part.
Overall, the book is full of surprises and you’re in for one helluva ride as you try and figure out two very lovable characters that will take your breath away. Yes, I’m a total fangirl. If you haven’t read it yet, drop everything and go get it now. This is exactly what your summer TBR pile is missing.
PS Thank you to Carol for hosting the contest for her blogoversary, and thank you to Jennifer Echols for so generously sending me autographed copies! I may or may not have squealed out loud and scared the neighbors when I went to pick these up.