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The Compulsive Reader: Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

Meg is rebellious and impulsive, and she bides her time until graduation day when she can skip town by partying hard and distracting herself from her home life. But one night, she crosses a line...John After's line. John may only be a year older than Meg, but already he is a police officer, and he is determined to stay in town and do his duty and protect. When he catches Meg and her friends on a railway bridge, he comes up with an unconventional punishment that he hopes will teach her a lesson...but instead it just throws them together, leaving them nowhere to go but too far.

Jennifer Echols' book is an intense, quick read that is brimming with action, sarcasm, and passion. Meg is a confident, pushy, and mysterious character whose voice is bold and quite unforgettable. John After is a very complex and intriguing character as well, and both he and Meg have old issues that make for plenty of drama as they sort through hot and cold emotions and long-withheld fears and resentment. Though it does require a slight stretch of the imagination, Going Too Far is a gripping, rebellious, and edgy read, and readers will be proud of Meg as her tough exterior slowly falls to reveal a strong, resilient, and sarcastically witty character they can admire. Great for teens who are reluctant readers, this is a great read for those who like a bit of danger to their reads, without forgoing a meaningful message.

Cover Comments: I like how this cover conveys the tension and the passion of Meg and John's relationship, but I'm not too fond of the eyebrow stud...I'm fairly certain that wasn't in the book. Also, I think the pink is an interesting choice, but yet it goes well.

Review copy received from publisher.

11 comments:

Ashley said...

I really want to read this one!

IanIan said...

Gorgeous cover <3 Thanks for the great review :D

Mundie Moms said...

Great review! We're looking forward to reading this book.

Michelle said...

I loved this book. :)

Sara said...

Awesome review! I'm definitely going to pick this one up.

You have an award over at my blog :)
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Megan said...

Sounds great! I can't wait to read it! P.S. You always have such awesome reads on here! Love your site!

Erica said...

I adored this one so much! This is one of my favorite books.

Krista/Tower of Books said...

I really liked this one too, and I look forward to Echols's next release.

Cassandra said...

I recently bought this book, and I can't wait to read it! Thanks for the review!

You have an award here.

Meg said...

Definitely sounds like an intense book I would enjoy -- though that eyebrow ring really does throw me off! No matter, though; I'm sure I'll be reading this one soon. :)

Kym McNabney said...

This book looks great. I had been thinking of reading it.

Kym