Thursday, 24 June 2010
Review: Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
High school senior Meg revels in being a rebel. She sports choppy blue hair, and tight t-shirts, cuts class, and is often found where she's not supposed to be. Like hanging out on a railroad-tracks-covered bridge that's off-limits to trespassers. When she and her friends are busted for trespassing and underage drinking, she's sentenced to spend her spring break riding along with a rookie police officer on his nightshift patrol. Compounding the punishment is the fact that the cop, John After, is only two years older than Meg, and a former classmate to boot. He thinks he has Meg's number and has nothing but contempt for her childish rebellion. Meg in turn has nothing but contempt for Officer After's straight-laced, by-the-book attitude. But Meg has her reasons for lashing out, and John has his reasons for his need for law and order. And they're about to discover that they have a lot more in common than either one of them could have dreamed...
I feel in love with Jennifer Echols writing after reading Forget You. The sexual tension and the chemistry between the male and female protagonist literally crackles off the page *lets steam out of collar*.
Written in first person narrative, Meg has a brash bold exterior from the tips of her blue hair to her witty retorts. Yet from the very beginning you feel as if there is more to her, that maybe the way she looks and acts is just a defense mechanism she uses in order to protect herself. I especially liked the insights into the way Meg's imagination works. The adage about appearances being deceptive certainly applies to Meg.
Throughout her Ride along with Officer After *swoon* her defences are slowly lowered, the circumstances that created the defences are revealed. Showing how incidents and actions in our lives shape the person we become. As the story progresses we can also see that this is also applicable to John After.
I have to say that Jennifer Echols writes the hottest male protagonists that you can imagine. Not only are they super gorgeous but have wonderful sensitive personalities and understand women have needs too ;) I wish I had met someone like that at 17 *again steam collar* ;)
As the story progresses Meg and John confront the ghosts of their past, learn to accept who they really are and move on with their lives rather than letting the past tie them down. A great way to show that although the past shapes us it doesn't have to control us.
Overall a terrific read with characters that are both realistic and easy to relate to. A great storyline and electric tension that if harnessed would light up a city : D