I hadn’t read any Jennifer Echols book before this one. I am now sure I’ve been missing out.
Going Too Far tells the story of Meg, a girl who does a lot of careless things. She lives in the moment, never making plans and never committing to anyone for more than an evening. She has casual sex with boys she shouldn’t, drinks, smokes a little pot now and then, rides around on her motorcycle without a helmet, and pretty much makes her parent’s lives as miserable as possible. This is all surface stuff, what everyone sees, making everyone assume is just another punk kid with blue hair who doesn’t really give a crap about herself.
I never really imagined her reasons for living so recklessly…neither did, Officer John After, who this book is also about. Officer After is a good cop; a little harsh sometimes, but a mostly good. When he takes Meg and her 3 friends in for trespassing on the bridge where, years before, some kids lost their lives, he makes it his mission to teach them a lesson, especially Meg. She has to go on a ride-along with him for a week, which isn’t the worse thing in the world because Officer John After is really hot. Totally. Hot. He’s tall, blonde, muscular and has these beautiful, haunting brown eyes.
Each night they get to know each other better and we slowly start to understand why Meg acts the way she does and why John would choose to stay in town after graduating from high school. It was difficult not to fall for John. Aside from being hot, he’s smart, funny and considerate. He takes his job very seriously and Meg realizes that even though the attraction might be reciprocated, he would never act on it while on this assignment. But after….? :) John, however, wants more than just a hook-up (because he’s that damn dreamy) and getting Meg to admit how she really feels without fear is a lot trickier than he anticipated. Meg’s challenge with John is getting him to realize that he could be doing so much more with his life. Her method of getting him to see this though doesn’t exactly turn out as she expected.
Overall, this book was amazing. I just could not put it down! It completely filled some book void I have been experiencing this past week. Thank you, Ms. Echols, for getting me out of that rut. I think fans of Sarah Dessen, like myself, would really love this, so go out and read it if you haven’t yet!
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 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….