07 January 2012

Book Review: Going Too Far

Book Details

Author: Jennifer Echols
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 368 KB
Publisher: MTV Books; Original edition (March 17, 2009)

Book Summary

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....

Book Review

Rating: 5/5

Going Too Far is my second Jennifer Echols book, and unlike Love Story – I fell in love with this one. It had me anticipating for what is about to happened on Thursday 6:01am!

The characters are the heart of this book. Jennifer Echols introduced us to two amazing people: Meg and John. Meg started out strong and different. She has blue hair! Her character is filled with anger, and hurt. All she wanted to do was to live her life everyday like it were her last and get out of town as soon as she have her high school diploma on her hands.  As the story progresses, you get to know the real Meg, what the hard façade is all about, her fears and issues. You can’t help yourself but love her in the end.

John, on the other hand, Meg thinks he’s 40 or something – and I thought so as well. But he’s more than what meets the eye – he’s intelligent, a gentleman, fun, and sensitive with or without his police uniform on. His reasons for staying behind despite the fact that he could really go to universities, are pointed and questioned by Meg in half of the novel.

Going Too Far is not your ordinary love story. It isn’t the usual face-phased, although the whole book is only a one-week span – readers can see and feel a carefully laid out story of falling in love. It was not the love at first sight thing, but a gradual process that you would actually feel the chemistry and the intensity of their emotions for each other.

I love the fact that Echols left no stone unturned. Every single thing that happened to every character or event in this book has meaning and important in some way and it was fully explained. Going Too Far is short, sweet read and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Favorite Quotes

“You can't tell a seventeen-year-old anything. They think they're immortal. They don't listen. Seventeen-year-olds have to see it for themselves.” 

“Consider yourself hugged. Virtual hug." 
I felt the virtual hug, warm and snug.” 

“That is the way convince people. Or change them and prevent them from hurting whether themselves and others. Art is the most effective form of communication. 
You can use it to lift the human spirit and make them understand that there is more to life than their next drug use.” 

“But you can’t live your life worried about dying all the time. If you do, you’re dead already.” 

“Why are you pretending to write, when I already know you're just doing that to intimidate me?” 

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