Thursday, August 2, 2012

Pushing the Limits - Read-Along Week 1

This fabulous event is hosted by Candace Book Blog, Me @ Dazzling Reads, The Page Turners, Mary @ The Book Swarm and The Bewitched Bookworms.

July 24 - Intro Post for the Read-A-Long - Linky for Participation!
July 31 - Bewitched Bookworms Pages 7-84 ends with a Noah Chapter - Today! +Pushing the Limits Giveaway here at Dazzling Reads! =D
Aug 7th - The Page Turners Pages 85 - 162 - ends with a Noah Chapter
Aug 14th - Candace Book Blog Pages 163 - 239 - ends with a Noah Chapter
Aug 21th - Dazzling Reads Pages 240 - 316 - ends with a Echo chapter
Aug 28th - The Book Swarm Pages 317 - 392

And now onto the Questions for the first week:

1. The story starts out with Echo’s thoughts on how she wants to answer her therapist’s questions (snarky and caustically truthful) which are quickly juxtaposed to how she does (milque-toasty and banal).
Who do you think she hides the truth for more, her parents or herself?

Echo is such a complicated character to be honest. Just knowing what happened to her makes me sympathetic. I think she hides the truth more to herself but to her parents as well. She hides the truth so she could act everything is fine but the truth is it’s not. I think that’s her way of coping to what happened to her.

2. We see Mrs. Collins, the school therapist, interact with both Echo and Noah in the first few chapters. From those interactions, what do you think of her? Is she a prototypical caricature of state care? Or do you think she’s there to make an honest difference in the lives of those she’s there to help?

Knowing Mrs. Collins at the begging is such a relief for both characters. I think she genuinely care for Noah and Echo and is there to help them. I love how she balances the tension between her and Noah.

3. Noah has two friends, Beth and Isaiah, who have his back no matter what--through thick and thin--and he has theirs. Consequently, his life is a little easier because he has two people who know about his situation. Echo only has one close friend, and Lila will barely speak to her in school. Do you think Echo would have had an easier time coping and moving on if she had friends like Noah does?

First of all I think Lila is such a great friend. She pushes the date with Luke. She sincerely wants Echo to be normal again, to be in the IN club. I don’t think Lila lacks to be a great friend. They got their backs to on each other. I believe that Echo has friends but only one real friend.

4 . Echo fixates on a colorful ribbon that sits on the school counselor's desk during their one-on-one sessions. Do you think this is a case of "Oh, look at the pretty ribbon. Let me zone out while staring at it" , or could it have a deeper significance!
I think it that the ribbon has a deep significance in the story, especially in Echo’s memory. I think she really wants to remember what really happened that night.

5) Noah and the jacket... Already when Noah and Echo meet for the first time, Noah got angry when Echo forgot her Jacket (pg 34). Then on Echo’s Birthday party Noah gave Echo his jacket when he saw that she forgot hers (pg 54). There is a significance behind his anger when Echo has no coat and it tells already so much about Noah! a) Why do you think is Noah so focused on Echo and her Jacket and what does that tell you about Noah's character? b) Show us your favorite jacket! Either with you having it on or alone!

Noah and the jacket tell me that Noah is rather concern when it comes to girls. Knowing that Echo has no jacket he immediately gives his for her to use it.

My favorite jacket would have to be a Jersey Jacket! I'm a hipster yah know! lol

6. Echo wears gloves all the time to hide her scars. Not only for her sake, but obviously also for the others. When Noah sees Echo’s scars for the first time he’s shocked. a) Do you think this was the moment he began to see Echo in a different light? b) Show us your favorite pair of gloves!.

Noah is a genuinely caring character. The way he’s concerned with his brothers shows how caring he could be and seeing Echo’s scars is no different. I think it caused to him to see her differently, yes!

I don't really fancy wearing Gloves but if I'm wearing one it has to be those!


credits to LOOKBOOK for the pictures.


  1. I think that when Noah saw her scars it made him see her differently too. Suddenly she was different then he thought.
    I love those gloves!

  2. I really started to love Lila towards the middle of the book. She really stands by Echo, no matter what. She doesn't care about why Echo wears gloves or why she doesn't fulfill a socialbutterly role. She understands and doesn't push her. She's fantastic.

  3. Ahhh! I realllly want to read this. I've heard so much good stuff about this, its unbelievable =)


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