Review: Breaking the Rules (Pushing the Limits #1.5) by Katie McGarry

Breaking the RulesTitle: Breaking the Rules
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #1.5
Rating: 3.25 stars
Genres: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

“I wish life could be like this forever,” I say.
“We’d be okay then.

We’d forever be okay.”

For Echo Emerson, a road trip with her boyfriend is the perfect way to spend the last summer between school and college. It’s a chance forget all the things that make her so different at home. But most of all, it means almost three months alone with gorgeous Noah Hutchins, the only boy who’s never judged her.

Echo and Noah share everything.

But as their pasts come crashing back into their lives, its harder to hide that they come from two very different worlds. And as the summer fades, Echo faces her toughest decision – struggle to face the future together or let her first love go…

My Review:
3.25 stars.

There were times during the reading of this book when I wished I hadn’t bought it. I was happy with how things were left for our couple at the end of the first book but I couldn’t resist this one as it meant more Noah (which is a bit like saying more chocolate? Yum, yum, yes, please.) However, I was quite frustrated reading it as it was the same sentiment over and over again. The inner monologue was so repetitive and I almost tore my hair out in frustration. Nothing new happened until the mid-point and by that stage, I was almost hating our mains. And the angst? Good, God, talk about overdone (for me to say this is HUGE as I love me some angst.) I was screaming at Noah and Echo and ready to give up on several occasions, however, I persevered because the actual writing was great and I had faith that it would turn a corner. And thankfully, it did. This book redeemed itself in the second half, and the plot became more interesting and finally there was some decent character progression. Both Noah and Echo matured in themselves and how they acted in the relationship. Noah was willing to sacrifice a lot to support her and I forgave him for all of his earlier crap. Noah is back in my good books – all is right with the world. The story ended in a good place, although I wasn’t feeling as warm and cozy as I had been after finishing the first book. I’m very intrigued to read Beth’s story and I look forward to continuing the series in the future.

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