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HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO?

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 r
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Paperback, 245 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by Pocket Books/MTV Books
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Nichole * The Book Shredder
Jan 06, 2013 Nichole * The Book Shredder rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Idiots
Oh, ho, ho. Brace yourselves, I'm about to write the meanest, most drawn out negative review I've written to date. Be warned though, this review will have cursing. Lots of it, I suspect.

When I read the blurb for Going Too Far I knew I had to read it. Young girl keeps getting in trouble and the cop who's determined to show her the consequences of her actions ends up falling for her? Hell yeah, that sounds hot. And I'm not even the type of person who likes to read books that sound hot. But fuck it
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Kristi
Jun 09, 2010 Kristi rated it it was amazing
This was my first time reading Jennifer Echols, I’d seen her book around, but for some reason I never had the initiative to pick on up. Then I saw the cover and synopsis for Going Too Far and I just had to have it. I think originally I’d saw the title as Boy In Blue or something along those lines, but after reading the novel I think that the title, Going Too Far, fits it perfectly.

I was expecting to like this novel, I figured it would be good, what I hadn’t expected was how much I was going to l
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Ana
Mar 07, 2009 Ana rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This book is clearly a romance. The whole story is about these two different people with their own individual baggage who come together and fall in love. As their relationship develops, you feel like you are on rollercoaster ride -- crazy highs and lows. Their relationship is very charged and, at times, explosive. The sexual tension between them is there from the very beginning and practically on every page there after. These are two people who are very physically attracted to each other but on ...more
Alea
Mar 15, 2009 Alea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-for-review
This book was HOT! The chemistry and banter between Meg and John (Officer After) could keep me reading for probably a 1,000 pages. It was an absolute pleasure to read I couldn't get enough of it.

Echols writing style is just perfect to me, it's humorous and detailed and random, everything I love. She created a very likable character in Meg, someone who intentionally creates a somewhat shocking appearance (blue hair) and attitude to protect herself but little by little we learn more about Meg and
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Greta is Erikasbuddy
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That is called The Storyteller. It is a fountain that is in the heart of Five Points South in Birmingham.

This story tried to KILL IT!! Ugz!! ok... so, it wasn't the main focus but they talk about the fountain alot at the end of the book and keep referring to it as the DEVIL FOUNTAIN. Dear BOB! I wanted to scream. Only ignorants call it the Devil Fountain. Bahs. It's a statue of a ram man reading stories to his friends of nature. Not reading stori
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Kelly
Dec 23, 2012 Kelly rated it did not like it
Okay so, I've made a vow to myself to write reviews for every book I finish (since making this vow), and the short warning to stay away from this book that served as my review before kept coming back to haunt me, screaming CHEAT!!!

I've cooled off since then, so I can probably give a review without dissolving into a puddle of gooey rage and expletives.

First off, let me address the rating; 4.02 average, as of the time I'm writing this review. I'll be honest, it's what reeled me in. And caught me l
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Jude
May 21, 2015 Jude rated it it was amazing
Re-read: HOLLY SHIT I LOVED IT JUST AS MUCH IF NOT MORE AS THE FIRST TIME I READ THIS BACK IN 2011 HBJFGKDAFLKSGHJBFLAN

First time reading it: April 29, 2011

I’m going to say a few things before I start my review:

A long while a go I stopped reading. Not completely but, I was reading a book a week instead of a book a day, there were also books that were taking me three weeks to read!. I was blaming it all on school and thought that my blog and club where the ones consuming my time. I just realized
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Eunice
4.5 stars

Would you believe me if I say I'd put off this book for quite a long time because I thought that a cop guy as the hero in a book is not cool? Well, now that I've read it I realized I was Totally. Freaking. Wrong! Because the whole time, I was swooning and crushing and gushing over John After. He absolutely took a place on my top book boyfriends! And yeah, so much for putting this off because, seriously, from all the books I've read of Jennifer Echols this is the one I so enjoyed the mos
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Lissa
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I can't for the life of me come up with any good reason for why this book is 4 stars and not 5 stars. Normally five stars for me are rated for books that have a huge emotional impact or connection, or challenge me (or are just plain and simply awesome, or I read in my childhood and I'm totally nostalgic for). I didn't really have an emotional connection but this book did have an emotional impact on me, because I cried in one particular part near the climax. Still, if
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Cory
Jan 23, 2011 Cory rated it it was ok
For the record, I lived in Birmingham,Alabama for three years. Therefor, my opinion of this book might be somewhat biased because I am familiar with the area. Like Looking for Alaska, Going Too Far takes place in a small town on the outskirts of Birmingham.

However, unlike John Green, Jennifer Echols doesn't succeed in capturing the feel of a small southern town. This problem was also evident in Beautiful Creatures, a slow paced book with an effeminate male narrator. If setting is a large part o
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Mar 24, 2009 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fiction, romance, 2009
Meg's a wild, rebellious girl who has panic attacks at being confined by as much as a seat belt. Her mother still cries over her and her father has washed his hands of her and her (currently) blue hair. She has just a few months left of high school to go and then she can escape the small town and move to the city to go to uni. And the one thing she's looking forward to before that can happen is the March Break trip to Mexico.

Which is ruined by one night's stupid decision. Along with her pot-addl
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Arlene
Jan 09, 2010 Arlene rated it it was amazing
I intended to just get started on Going too Far and enjoy the book during the weekend. Plans changed... I couldn’t put it down and I finished it in one sitting. What a great book! It’s earned the coveted spot on my bookshelf reserved for re-reads.

I loved the point of view of the book, which was from Meg’s perspective. She’s snarky, dangerous, smart, and endearingly flawed. Her mental dialog is witty and kept me engaged throughout the entire book. In addition, the dialog between Meg and John (Off
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Reynje
3.5 stars

I wondered what it would be like to see the dark blue sky above us not as heavy drapes of cloth, the top of a circus tent, but as an infinite expanse. As everybody else saw it.
In Going Too Far, Jennifer Echols has crafted a compelling story about the connection between two characters who are, in some ways, the very antithesis of each other.

Meg won’t be tied down, literally. Resistant to plans, authority, confined spaces – she combats restrictions and small-town claustrophobia with p
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Thomas
Going Too Far delineates the story of Meg and Officer John After. Meg, a high school senior, cannot wait to go to college and escape her backwater town as well as her domineering parents. John decided to stay in the city and fight crime - so when he catches Meg on a dangerous bridge drinking alcohol and doing drugs, the two collide in a way that creates romantic chemistry and sexual tension.

Going Too Far was my first MTV book, so I wasn't sure what to expect besides some scandalous stuff going o
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Adele
Mar 08, 2009 Adele rated it it was amazing
I was overjoyed to get this in the mail yesterday, OVAH-JOYED. Thank you so much to Jenn for organising it's journey across the ocean to this uber-grateful Aussie. Now Jenn's act of kindness has nothing to do with the review I am about to give because as I stated in my review of The Boys Next Door, I consider Jenn to be the drug of choice in YA-verse. I was already biased.

And she didn't disappoint. I wasn't sure upon reading the first chapter, I was wary of Meg. I wasn't sure that I could relate
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Nomes
Nov 26, 2010 Nomes rated it really liked it
Snark, sexual tension, brilliant dialogue...
Cop John After and the blue-haired-girl-felon.
Definitely a guilty pleasure :)


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Jan 25, 2011 ♡Meme♡Reads love♡ rated it really liked it


So here is what I thought of this book.. Short and Sweet

This was a sweet romantic read. It had a mixture of romance. mystery, teen angst, and some suspense. I enjoyed all the characters. The chemistry between Meg and John was so sweet. I love the the banter between them and how he was the shy one and she the one who said and did any and everything. There was one particular part int the book I loved that was so Meg.

"I leaned forward until my boobs sat on the table like a set of oversize salt and
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Peep (Pop! Pop!)
The title is misleading and so is the blurb!

I didn't like Meg for the most part. At first, I kind of Liked her. I looked past her Annoying Behavior and laughed. out. loud. once or twice during the book. But halfway through I just could not take it anymore. She was just way too self centered and annoying for me. And seriously, I did not like her allegedly Emotional Scene. It wasn't believable to me (the actual thing, not her reaction (well that was believable but that annoyed me, too)). I did thi
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John Egbert
May 25, 2012 John Egbert rated it it was ok
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Angie
Aug 17, 2009 Angie rated it liked it
Shelves: good-uns, ya
I picked up Jennifer Echols' GOING TOO FAR on the recommendation of the Ana-half of The Book Smugglers. Ana is good peeps and pretty much never steers me wrong. She said she stayed up into the wee hours of the night reading this one and what do ya know? I did, too! It's just that it was my birthday eve and I was feeling like being incredibly cozy and wanted something sweet and absorbing. This book is both. I read it in one sitting and pretty much had to know what happened before I could sleep. T ...more
Wendy Darling
This was such a weird book to me. It didn't feel like a YA book except that the main character was so immature, selfish, and self-centered, and nothing gets explored in very much depth. I just didn't get this book, right from the very beginning. You know Meg is supposedly reactionary for a reason, but that reason seemed forced. (view spoiler) ...more
Jessica
So far, I’ve read 4 books by Jennifer Echols and somehow I always find myself frowning constantly while reading. I just don’t get the characters in her books. In my opinion they’re not behaving and thinking like normal people.
I couldn’t identify with Meg at all and found her rather annoying. Both Meg and John were not authentic to me.
The book wasn’t all bad, at times it was even enjoyable. I was looking for something light to kill some time and this purpose was served. I guess I just need to acc
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Mary
Jan 08, 2012 Mary rated it did not like it
Meg has dyed-blue hair and a penchant for bad behavior. That's how she ends up drunk on a railroad bridge with the town rich-boy drug dealer in the middle of the night. And she's even gotten a pair of goody-two-shoes classmates to join in the fun. Luckily, the train misses them; unluckily, they're all arrested--by a driven young cop who constantly patrols the bridge to keep teens from getting killed. The rich boy's lawyer dad gets him out of trouble, but Meg and the others have to do community s ...more
Katie(babs)
Nov 05, 2009 Katie(babs) rated it really liked it
This coming of age novel really hits on a great deal of issues and after you finish reading Meg’s journey and why she acts the way she does, you will have a big smile on your face. Meg may act like a rebel, but she is still very much a little girl scared and alone, not sure where she’s going or what her plans are. She has dreams and thinks she knows what they are, but all it takes is one person to show her that sometimes a person’s future can be found right in their backyard and with those they ...more
Nic
Amazing! This book was sweet, sexy, witty, powerful and real. It had such a important message on how to let go and I think alot people can relate to this story in one way or another. The plot moved quickly and was never predictable and it had a great ending that left me smiling.

Meg is such an awesome character. I liked her instantly and throughout the book she grew so much as person as did John. They were both complex character and were well written. Together they had great chemistry.

I agree wi
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Christy
When I first started this, I thought a blue haired girl with issues and an hot cop as the hero... ehhh- but by the middle of the book you are so rooting for the both of them. Loved Officer After (John) and Meg grows on you as she grows up and they so belong together! Good read.
Gwen Hayes
Aug 16, 2010 Gwen Hayes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
"This is not the cop I ordered. I wanted the one with less sauce."

Awesome.
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
Going Too Far really took me by surprise. I expected it to be one of the usual YA teen romances, a bit poorly written and cliché, but it certainly wasn't. There is so much more to this book than I'd expected and it really blew me away.
I really enjoyed Echols writing - It was enjoyable and more complex than I thought it'd be. The characters were really well developed and had great, vivid personalities - Echols really made all of them come to life. The characters were definitely individual, but no
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Carla
Feb 03, 2010 Carla rated it it was amazing
Shelves: forever-love
Seventeen year old Meg is a bit of a rebel, a blue haired teen in a small town in Alabama, a town that she needs to leave behind. Meg and a few of her friends, including waste of space sort-of boyfriend Eric, have too much to drink and head to the railway bridge in town. The bridge is off-bounds, but kids from town keep on going back there for dares; a couple is rumored to have died on the bridge in a tragic accident years ago. They get caught by Officer After, who patrols the bridge obsessively ...more
Michelle
Oct 04, 2009 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: la-la-loved, ya, 2009, contemp
Let's start with the classic bad girl meets good boy story and then turn it on its head with characters who totally rock and are so much more than they seem.

Aaaannndddd BEGIN!

On June 7th (graduation night), Meg is getting out of the small Alabama town she was born and raised in with plans to never, ever come back. She only has a couple of months before graduation in which she plans to get into as much trouble as possible without getting caught. That is until she gets caught by Mr. By The Book Of
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Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written nine romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Book Buyer’s Bes ...more
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