Thursday, December 15, 2011

Book Review: Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

Title: Going Too Far

Author: Jennifer Echols

Publisher: Pocket Books/MTV Books

Publication Date: March 2009

Genre: Young Adult Realistic Romance

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Synopsis can be found here.

Meg is counting down the days till she can get away from high school, her parents’ diner, and her small town. But a crazy evening on her towns tragic bridge gets her more than she bargained for- John After, the new young cop on the force.

John decided to stay after graduation, and set up roots there to join the police force. For her penalty, Meg rides with John every night over her spring break instead of going away with her friends.

She didn’t know what she was getting into.

This is my first Jennifer Echols book and it won’t be my last. I loved the writing. The dialogue was very real and honest. It’s obvious that there is a lot to John After than what is on the surface. He’s a teenage boy, but he’s also got a huge responsibility on his shoulders, and secrets of his own. He’s perfectly believable.

There's a lot to Meg too. She’s not whiny or shy. Yeah, girl's got issues. She’s been through her share of drama and pain. She is lashing out at John and her hometown at first, but through the book, her character has this steady growth that is heartwarming to watch. These two aren’t perfect, but they find something unexpected in each other.

The chemistry between Meg and John is natural and their relationship grows organically. The long talks in the car and the rowing affection between the two characters is sweet and romantic. Meg and John are coming from two different places, but I couldn’t help rooting for them even early on.

Try this realistic teen romance book. The characters are all warm and normal. Not too much whining from the teenagers, which is a huge plus in my book. And I find myself going back and re-reading my favorite parts with Meg and John.

I ate this book up.
You will too.

Rating 9 Ridiculously Awesome, like Cookies and Ice Cream

1 comment:

  1. another author i haven't read yet. this one sounds fantastic!