Review: Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

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Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

5 Stars

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!

Book Info

Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
Published by MTV Books
Pub Date: March 17th 2009
Pages: 245
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: ContemporaryRomanceYoung Adult
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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….

About Jennifer Echols

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. Her nine romantic novels for young adults have been published in seven languages and have won the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice Award, the Write Touch Readers’ Award, the Beacon, and the Booksellers’ Best Award. Her novel Going Too Far was a finalist in the RITA and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

24 Responses to “Review: Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols”

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    I don't read nearly enough contemporary so I think I might have to pick this up. I've never read a Jennifer Echols novel either, but this sounds like a good place to start. Thanks for the review!

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      Thanks, Stephanie! I've been on a contemp kick lately! I think you'll like this one, and it's not very long either. A quick, GREAT read! :)

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    great review! I actually just ordered this book because I'd heard so many good thing about it! I kept looking at it in store and wondering whether or not to pick it up. I bought Forget You first, but for some reason am not feeling the urge to pick it up yet. When you mentioned that this one filled a book void you'd been having I knew I had to read it! I am currently in that book void. Haven't found that perfect one to satisfy me yet…Thanks for the review :)

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      Thanks! I've owned this one and Forget You for about a month now, and Ginger @ GReads (See her comment below, lol) convinced me to read it. I think you'll really like it too!

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    great review! I haven't read this book from Ms. Echols, but I have read Forget you and it was awesome! I can totally relate to what you said about Ms. Echols filling a book void– she's a PRO :) Thanks for sharing!

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    Jessica S.

    New follower here! I just finished reading this book myself (working on my own review) and I loved it. I'm still picking it up and reading scenes all over again. I had already read Jennifer Echols–The Boys Next Door and Major Crush–and those books are among my favorites to go back to. Glad to see someone else enjoying her work! :)

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      Yay! Thank you for following! I have the Boys Next Door bind-up and can't wait to read it! Can't wait to read your review for this one!! :)

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    Ginger @ GReads!

    Ahh great review! I'm so glad I talked you in to picking up this book :-) Anna from AnnaReads did the same for me & I was like WHERE THE CRAP HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE JENNIFER ECHOLS?! haha

    Office After is sooooooooooo dreamy *swoon*

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    I love reading rave reviews that are also well-thought-out. I haven't read this, but Jennifer Echols is an incredible author. Fabulous review :)

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    I cannot wait to read Love Story! Officer John is that damn dreamy! :) Great review!

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    I read this review and I was very curious about the book, it was a bit of a daredevil move for me because I don’t normally read books based on one review, especially if I haven’t heard of the author before, not to mention that the book was YA and I’ve got a bit of a love/hate relationship with YA books. But anyway, you are right, it was incredibly addictive, I like that the heroine wasn’t perfect, she acted like a teenager and she had a normal immature response to a very tragic event, and it took her some time to move on. Everything about the hero was predictable though, and even though I liked him I also found him a bit creepy. But I liked the book a lot, I literally read it in one seating. Thank you very much for pointing me towards a great read!

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        We are bringing each other some joy today then because that was a very sweet comment you left on my blog. You go ahead and keep Johnafter (see how clever I am using his “nickname”B) ) and I’ll keep Etienne! See you around, if I end up writing a review for this book I’ll let you know!

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