Going Too Far - Jennifer Echols
I started reading this book towards the end of January, after I had to return Days of Blood & Starlight to the library since it was too heavy for my carpal-tunnel riddled hands. The size of this paperback made the book easier to hold, but I still only managed to read the first six chapters before Marko's arrival. It was a little surreal to dive back into this book, with such a life-altering experience in between the moment that I started the book and the moment that I tried to re-enter the story and piece together what had been happening. It is perhaps for this reason that I didn't love the book as much as I had hoped to, but I'm still sure that I will love Jennifer's work after I read another of her books.
I did enjoy Meg's character, and her relationship with John. She was edgy and bold, and I found myself drawn to her angst, wondering what made her such a daredevil. (I'm just now realizing that her character was much more interesting than Parker's in Cracked Up to Be, which I recently reviewed. Even though they're both "bad girls," Meg's character was intriguing, whereas Parker was just plain annoying). What did annoy me a little about this book was the extended sexual tension between Meg and John. From the very beginning, I could tell where the story was headed, and I found myself wanting things to hurry up and get moving. Maybe the story would have been stronger if there hadn't been so many ride-along nights, since I found that each ride-along just flip flopped back and forth between "he likes me, no he hates me, no maybe he likes me ... I like him, no he annoys me, no maybe I really do like him..." Perhaps this is how the teenage mind really does work when it comes to sizing up a boy (and I just can't remember or identify with that) but it definitely dragged on a bit too long for my taste.
With that being said, the rest of the story was very well done. Jennifer definitely paints a great story with intriguing characters that are well-developed. Although this particular story wasn't my favourite, I definitely have high hopes for Such a Rush and I'm sure that she won't disappoint!