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Going Too Far

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  38,338 ratings  ·  1,694 reviews

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
Paperback, 245 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by Pocket Books/MTV Books
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Nichole * The Book Shredder
Nov 17, 2012 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
Dec 05, 2008 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
Sep 29, 2008 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
Jan 17, 2009 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
Oct 01, 2012 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
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 stor
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing

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
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
I tried reading this one last year and couldn't get into it. The heroine was annoying and immature but I'm so glad I tried it again because I loved it.

Yes, it may be slightly cliched and predictable, BUT it was so easy to read and the character growth was written really well, so much so that I ended up loving the heroine. A small part of me does wish that their sex was written into the story, but that's just cause I'm a dirty perv who wants to read about all John's muscles flexing. In reality, I
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
Jan 23, 2011 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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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
Mar 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, romance, fiction, ya
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
Aug 14, 2009 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
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
Sep 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 wit
Jun 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Snark, sexual tension, brilliant dialogue...
Cop John After and the blue-haired-girl-felon.
Definitely a guilty pleasure :)

Mar 08, 2009 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
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
Sep 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 16-chick-lit
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
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
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Jul 16, 2010 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 an
Susan's Reviews
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved wild blue-haired Meg - so sarcastic and witty. Nineteen year old rookie cop, John After, had a thing for wild and reckless Meg, who seemed to be living each day as if it might be her last...

But when John catches her with her druggie boyfriend, Eric, on a dangerous bridge, he arrests her and her friends, then forces her to do community service with him. She and her friends have to spend a week riding with one of the emergency services that had responded to their potential near fatal cro
Aug 17, 2009 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
John Egbert
May 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
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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
Jan 08, 2012 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
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
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Okay, so it's currently 3:48am and all I can say is PLEASE READ THIS BOOK! Gah <3

Nov 02, 2009 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
Dec 13, 2009 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
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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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