A 17-year old book lover from the Philippines just living a sedentary lifestyle reading books and writing reviews about them that no one reads.
After reading this book, I had contemplations on whether this book should get a 3 or a 4 rating. So, I just settled for a 3.5. I think it really deserved that – it’s good enough not to be rated a three but at the same time, not that good enough for me, to give it a dashing four stars (if you know what I mean).
Pushing the Limits is a story about two teens who both suffered their own tribulations in the past and while overcoming them, they found their way to one another. It has something in the story that makes it surpass its clichéd romance – good girl falls in love with bad boy, vice versa. The relationship between the two protagonists is very different to the typical ones most teenagers have nowadays. It isn’t an insta-love; there was time and understanding between the two of them that made the romance between them gradually blossom. It was their awareness that both of them suffered tragedies in the past yet still, they found their way in accepting one another.
“Because growing up means making tough choices, and doing the right thing doesn’t necessarily mean doing the thing that feels good.”
What I really admired about this book is the authenticity of both its plot and its characters. All of us have our own issues in life and though mine and yours may be inferior to theirs, I still felt their hurt and pain and their yearning to conquer them. The characters are believable to me that I felt connected with them somehow.
Though it is a very emotional novel, not all parts are sad. In fact, it was what made me read the novel in the first place. Even though the romance between the characters didn't appeal to me that much, still, Pushing the Limits taught me that despite our problems in life, we still find hope through them and we never give up.