Monday, May 9, 2011

Review: Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
Published by MTV Books (S&S)
Date Published: March 17, 2009
Rating: 5/5

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 may be on the short list with Scott Pilgrim and Johnafter, but I think I could date a girl with blue hair. It seems edgy and a little abnormal, so maybe that's why it intrigues me, but I can't put my finger on why. Maybe it exudes "rebellious" and I just want to know the feeling. Meg was all that and more.

Didn't expect me to open a review like that, did you? lol I guess I'll get to the actual review now.

I lived vicariously through Meg's carefree attitude, but as the story progressed and you learn more about why she's acting the way she does and you have a new found respect for her. She really matured from the first page to the last and that's what I like to see in my books.

I can honestly say that books like these are my favorite. Some may call it "chick lit" or "love drama", but I am not ashamed to say that I love them. Now, don't get me confused with someone who loves "fluffy", unreal love stories. That is totally not who I am, but something about this story felt raw. Real. No soap opera love triangles. No sparkly vampires. Just a guy and a girl, stuck in the same town, falling in love. Perfection.

Honestly, I could wax on about how guys should read books like these and not be scared away by the "romantic nature" of it. I can't speak for all YA romance novels (or all guys for that matter), but with this one I could see myself in the place of John. Though usually told from a female perspective, I think guys can connect with main characters just as well as girls can even in this "chick lit" literary revolution.

So here's where I stop reviewing and just tell you that this book is a must read for all sexes. Especially guys like me.

Special thanks to Kelsey Dickson of Reading or Breathing for sending me this book and praising it so highly.



  1. Awesome review for an awesome book! Jennifer Echols sure knows how to write spectacular "love drama" books. Her characters and the situations they go through are real and raw and so easy to connect with. This and Forget You were both in my top reads for 2010.

  2. I think the romance was part of why I loved this book but mostly it's what you said about it being raw and real. Love triangles annoy me and sparkling vampires make me want to role my eyes so it's always nice to pick up a book like Going Too Far. As for the blue hair, I've been seriously considering dying mine blue since reading this :P Great review!

  3. I love all of Jennifer Echols books for the same reason: they're real. She's not afraid to tell a story like it is. Life is messy & even love isn't perfect. You should check out Forget You, another fav of mine by her. Great review Jeffrey!

  4. I'm glad I could spread the love :)

  5. I've been wanting to read this one forever!!! Great review!

  6. Great review. Sounds like a good one for the alternative high school I teach at. Hope to get my hands on it.

  7. I've had this book on my shelf for a few weeks now but hadn't really been motivated to read it yet. I read your review last night, decided to read this next and finished it today. :) So, thanks.

    I liked it more than I thought I would and it was, surprisingly, exactly the kind of book I needed right now! :)

  8. Firstly, congrats on reaching 1,000 followers!

    I really enjoyed this book. It was not a fluffy read or one with silly, unbelievable characters. It's good to know that all readers can enjoy it and not just fans of ya chick lit.

    I can't wait for her next book to come out!

    Great review.

  9. Great to see a guy's perspective on a what's essentially a teen romance. This was my first Echol's book and I loved it. Have you read her other book, Forget You? It also has a strong male character that I think makes the book more enjoyable. While I enjoyed Going Too Far, I loved Forget You.