Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Review: Going Too Far - Jennifer Echols

Author: Jennifer Echols
Publisher: MTV Books
Release Date: March 17, 2009
Pages: 245
Read in: 1/2 a day


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....

A Teenager's Perspective:
We stayed true to our word, guys! We read Going Too Far, and BOY ... can we say we enjoyed it. This seductively, engrossing novel made us mentally incoherent. We were unable to think about anything, or do anything until the book was finished.

We promised to span the book out to a day and a half, but ... we couldn't! We ended up finishing the book in half a day. For any of you guys who've read the book already, I think you can imagine our frustration.

The novel begins on a railroad bridge, that everyone in town is afraid to go on. Rumor has it that, a couple of years back, a girl died on the very spot that Meg and the town's loser, just happen to be making out on. They're caught by a police officer named, John After. John seems to piss off Meg, yet, give her this wanting -- for something more.

Not worrying about the consequences, Meg finds her whole world crashing down. Instead of venturing off to the beautiful beaches of Miami, for spring break, she will be riding in a squad car with officer John After. As they patrol deeper into each other's lives, it becomes clear that this spring break, is gonna be a LONG week (and a half?)

Echols does an outstanding job molding these characters. For the first time in a long time, we felt as if the story wouldn't have been complete if BOTH characters hadn't been present. Echols captures these young adolescent souls, with an impeccable amount of perfection.Although both characters appear irritatingly stubborn, they both seem to have one thing in common --they're both letting their pasts run their present.

Was it us, or was this a first for Jennifer Echols? Her comedic, heart-warming love stories, gone a little bit sweet-and-sour? Well, we still found ourselves laughing at some of the characters' dialogue, yet feeling some type of sympathy for them.

By the end of the story, we find that our wild girl, Meg has been tamed to this more reasonable, and understanding young lady. We found this aspect of the story, a little bit unbelievable. Only, because of all the wild goose chases the story take us on. Other than that, this book is perfection in the flesh, or ... paperback. (Cornballs. We know!)

"Going Too Far," was a seriously intense, yet, heart-warming novel for Jennifer Echols, and it did the charm! We're officially part of Jennifer Echol's never-ending list of book fans. You might just catch her on our 'Fave Page' sometime. (;


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