Author: Jennifer Echols
Release Date: March 17, 2009 (paperback)
Publisher: MTV Books/Pocket Books
Overall: 5 Stars
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....
I bought this book when it was first released and I re-read it again because Jennifer Echol's latest novel, Forget You, will be in stores tomorrow! (I guess you can tell what store I'll be heading out to first thing...) I've been excited to read it since I first heard about it, so fingers crossed I won't be disappointed.
Jennifer Echols has a few previous novels she wrote before Going Too Far, but admittedly, at the time, this was my first time reading a novel by her after a few recommendations from Chapters to check this novel out. Boy, was I so glad I did!
Meg hates her small town and can't wait to get out as soon as possible when she graduates in a few months. With her blue hair and rebellious streak, she's the wild girl in a town where everyone knows each other. But after one night and an attempted hook up session with bad boy Eric after trespassing illegally on a bridge for trains, she gets caught by the police, never realizing the danger she could have been in. Instead of spending her spring break partying, she'll be now riding along with John After, the attractive young police officer who caught her, during the night shift as an unconventional punishment.
Little do they expect, but Meg and John may just have something to teach each other... about love, and more importantly, about life.
There's a bit of swearing and some more mature subject matter than a younger teen may be used to, but older teens and adults will surely love this story. Meg and John seem like such an unlikely couple but while reading, you see how these two can bring about the best and worst in each other... leaving readers always on edge to see what would happen next. They both have their flaws and there's certainly more to their characters than meets the eye, but I love how Echols slowly breaks their exteriors apart to reveal more than just a girl with attitude and a boy who doesn't act his age.
Fast-paced and edgy, you'll be finished reading Going Too Far before you know it.
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