Oct 262010
Title: Going Too Far
Author: Jennifer Echols
Publisher: MTV
Publication Date: March 17, 2009
Pages: 256
From Goodreads:
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…
Jennifer Echols completely astounded me yet again! I had high hopes after reading Forget You and I was certainly not disappointed with Going Too Far.
The book introduces Meg as a troublemaking thrill seeker who is a bad influence. She drinks, smokes pot, sleeps around, and disregards authority. So when the cops bust her and her friends, Meg’s life is thrown for a loop. But it turns out, it’s thrown for a good loop and a relationship slowly blossoms between Meg and John, one of the cops who busted her.
Layer by layer, Echols reveals more and more of Meg that made me fall more in love with her with each page. I made assumptions about her at the beginning of the book that proved to be totally untrue and I found myself wanting to learn more and more about her. John also proved to be such an interesting and deep character – something I was not expecting at the beginning of the book. I loved the sarcasm and witty banter that happened between Meg and John. It seriously made me laugh out loud and made me wish I could come up with some of the quips they came up with. Perhaps not the best for a relationship, but funny nonetheless.
I must now search and read every Jennifer Echols book I can get my hands on! She does such a great job of developing her characters in a way that entices the reader to want more and more. I highly recommend!

  5 Responses to “Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols”

  1. I love him. Like, LOOOOVE him.

    So after reading this book, I found “Stealing Heaven” by Elizabeth Scott, also about a girl falling for a cop. And loved it. Now I’m like wondering, are there more YA books about cop romance? Because this is, oddly enough, appears to be my new favorite subgenre.

  2. I’ve heard so much about this author but have yet to pick anything of hers up! Which one should I start with?

  3. Anna – I love me some John After too :) I am definitely going to have to look up Stealing Heaven! I think it’s a great subgenre.

    Jamie – Forget You and Going Too Far are both really good…but if I had to choose my fave, it would be Forget You!

  4. I really liked this one. It was quick but very sweet. Great review!

  5. Thank you for this recommendation. I had never heard of Jennifer Echols until stumbling upon your blog. This book was wonderful and I can’t wait to read others!

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