Julie Kagawa: My Favorite YA Novel Of 2012

As part of Hollywood Crush's Best YA Novel of 2012 poll, we've enlisted a handful of our favorite teen lit writers to weigh in on the tomes that touched them this year. Next up is Julie Kagawa, author of "The Immortal Rules."

So, what can I say about "Pushing The Limits" by Katie McGarry?

Should I begin with I don't read many contemporary novels, but this one wove a spell stronger than any fantasy book? Should I say how wonderful the characters are, how they each have their own problems but you can relate to them completely? Or maybe I will gush about how steamy the romance was, and that the kissing scenes melted your insides into gooey paste. Regardless, "Pushing The Limits" was my favorite book of 2012.  It is about two "broken" characters, Echo and Noah who, despite the chaos of their lives, somehow fall in love. And in doing so, discover that they are exactly what the other needs. Echo is a girl struggling with her past, trying to remember the dark, terrible thing that left her scarred and drove her mother to madness.  For Noah, every day is a fight to keep his family together after his parents died, leaving him and his two younger brothers alone.

What happens next is a beautiful, touching story about love and tears and pain and forgiveness. About second chances, acceptance and letting go, even though it might be painful. And kissing. Did I mention the kissing scenes? So, if you haven't guessed by now, I highly recommend "Pushing The Limits." So if you haven't read this book yet, and you enjoy romance, realistic teen struggles and lovely kissy scenes, I don't know what you're waiting for.

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