Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

Cover of Going Too Far by Jennifer EcholsTitle: Going Too Far
Author: Jennifer Echols
Series: N/A
Publisher: MTV Books
Release Date: 3/17/2009
Length: 245 pages
Format: Paperback
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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Source: Library
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Rating: ★★★★☆


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’ve been wanting to read this for a while. I didn’t even really know what it was about. I just didn’t enjoy my first Jennifer Echols book and I really wanted to try again. This one worked out much better for me. It definitely helped that it was set in Birmingham, Alabama (or near there). I always love to be able to picture places well.

I probably knew people like Meg and Eric in high school. They’re always into trouble and have no regard for the law. That’s something that John isn’t putting up with. I’m not sure if I really buy the DA allowing the whole punk kid patrolling with the cop, but I guess it could happen. Either way, I was interested. Once I reached the halfway point, I needed to finish, and that’s exactly what I did.

I loved both Meg and John, even in all their screwed up moments. Both of them have some hard things in their past and that makes them easy to sympathize with. I also loved their growth. They show each teach each other that they need to live their lives and stop hiding behind or running from the past. They were very well developed.

I was still a little thrown off by Jennifer Echols’s style. It’s very abrupt. That’s the only way I can think of to describe it. After a while, though, I got used to it and I really enjoyed the book. I think I can delve into another of her books easily. Also, I didn’t know Jennifer Echols lives in Birmingham. No wonder she did such a wonderful job writing about it.

Content: Profanity and mentions of teen sex


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