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Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
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really liked it
bookshelves: 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 such different life trajectories that leaves them both confused about what was happening between them. They were asking of themselves whether it was worth pursuing, did it make it any sense, was there any substance beyond the flirting and attraction, could they let themselves be exposed and vulnerable to the other person...

While on the surface they seem to be so different, but as we get to know them, they appear to have a lot in common. For example, they are both very determined, strong, impulsive, defiant, and passionate. I see them in their future relationship as fighting often but having lots of make-up sex.

I had different reactions toward finding out the history underling their individual issues. I found Meg's reason for behaving the way she does compelling. She was at a very critical age, developmentally, when faced with her crisis. She had difficulty processing the meaning of it all and her parents weren't all that helpful. I can see why she started having panic attacks and had difficulty coming to terms with what was ahead for her life. I had more difficulty understanding John's backstory. It was harder for me to connect his bridge obsession with the events of 8 years ago when he was so young. It sort of makes sense but I just didn't feel it was enough to justify his current behavior, especially when what he did to Meg when she pushed him to edge...

There was no false advertising in the descriptions of this book. They really do push each other to the edge. Amazingly, this is what they each needed in order to move on from the chains of their past. It could have totally backfired but somehow they pulled through and were so much better for it.
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Reading Progress

September 29, 2008 – Shelved
Started Reading
March 6, 2009 – Shelved as: young-adult
March 6, 2009 – Finished Reading

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