Book Reviews

Going Too Far by: Jennifer Echols


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…. (Goodreads Synopsis)

I really enjoy Jennifer Echols’ writing and I am excited to review one of her books on my blog. (I have read another book of hers titled Love Story but didn’t have this blog then. It is also excellent!) There is nothing about this book that I didn’t like. She seems to be able to capture the “teen/YA” voice so well. Meg and John were well developed characters and couldn’t be more different which creates the most delicious tension between them. They know how to push each other’s buttons and you can feel the chemistry between them without the text trying so hard.

Everything that happened in this story felt right. No unnecessary drama and misunderstandings to make you want to scream at the book. I love that about Echols’ writing. Every action had a legitimate reason behind it. It all made sense to me and felt easy. I didn’t have to push myself through the writing and story to try to understand where the characters were coming from. It was a pleasure to sit down and see how the story played out and what happened to John and Meg. Would he get hurt on the job? Would Meg get past her “past” and heal? Did the tension, banter and obvious care for one another grow into something more? Would Meg learn from her mistakes? Will John let go and move on?

I found myself smiling a lot at the book because of Meg and John’s conversations. I loved Meg’s personality, wit, inner dialogue and snarky comments. Her actions fit her personality as she fought with herself to “get better” and make better choices. John, being so different on the exterior with his type of job, was still a teenager at heart and it was nice to see that play out.

And I love that it was a stand alone! It leaves the reader to imagine the HEA.

About the author: Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written nine romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Book Buyer’s Best, and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. Simon & Schuster will debut her adult romance novels in 2013, with many more teen novels scheduled for the next few years. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son.(summary from Goodreads)

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