Going Too Far

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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 ...

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Overview


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....

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Editorial Reviews

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"A brave and powerful story, searingly romantic and daring, yet also full of hilarious moments. Meg's voice will stay in your head long after the intense conclusion." — R. A. Nelson, author of Teach Me and Breathe My Name

"Naughty in all the best ways...the perfect blend of romance, wit, and rebelliousness. I loved it!" — Niki Burnham, author of Royally Jacked and Sticky Fingers

Kirkus Reviews
A teen seeking to escape becomes entangled. Out for a night of pre-spring break partying, 17-year-old Meg McPherson is first arrested and then partnered with a cop as part of her punishment for trespassing, underage drinking and illegal drug use. Her weeklong educational experience causes her to miss spring break, but also gives her time to understand and fall in love with 19-year-old John After, the cop responsible for her current predicament. Echols doesn't miss a single cliche opportunity, from Meg's secret bout with cancer as a young teenager to John's obsession with the bridge where his brother died to the soap-opera relationship that develops between the two teens. Of course, this never claims to be anything beyond chick lit, so readers know what to expect from it. Improbable circumstance and thin characters drive the plot, which never delves any deeper than necessary. Staying firmly within the boundaries of her genre, the author offers most fans exactly what they want, but other readers may wish she tried harder. (Fiction. YA)
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Like everyone in the world, I remember adolescence clearly -- and mostly with horror. It’s not the moments of humiliation that haunt me in the middle of the night, but piercing memories of mistakes I made: errors in judgment, ethical missteps, selfish unkindness. I could have been a case study for research proving that adolescent brain development (or the lack thereof) leads to reckless, foolish decisions. So when I decided to read all the 2009 finalist entries in the Young Adult (YA) category for the RITA, romance’s most prestigious prize, I was curious about how realistic they would be. Would these six heroines engage in anything that I -- or at least my memories of myself -- would recognize?

They do. In fact, all of these novels do a brilliant job depicting a young adult’s scrambled thinking and -- even better -- the first sign of the maturity that scientists promise will eventually occur. Here, the road to love is littered with risk-taking behavior.

Jennifer Echols’s Going Too Far is similarly built around a Romeo and Juliet theme -- but in a neat reversal of Perfect Chemistry's setup, it’s good boy meets bad girl. Meg is a senior in high school with blue hair and one wish: to get far, far away from the small town she’s grown up in. But one night she ends up in the hands of a cop named John. If Meg is eager to throw away her past, John is holding on to his all too tightly. Skipping college, he’s devoted himself to making sure their little town stays safe. They both make the kind of mistakes that make you wonder how the human race survived so long, but at the same time this novel is so sweet and fresh that you’ll almost -- almost -- wish you could do it all over again.

If you happen to be a young adult yourself, or you know a young lady who might be interested, you can’t do better than buy these books. As the mother of a tween, I know how hard it can be to find YA books that appeal to a young girl and don’t horrify the woman with a credit card in hand. Far too many books aimed at this age group are little more than candy floss tales of conspicuous consumption. These novels will satisfy both of you.

--Eloisa James

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416571735
  • Publisher: MTV Books
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 114,257
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

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. Visit her at Jennifer-Echols.com.

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That's the worst idea I ever heard," I told Eric. Then I took another sip of beer and swallowed. "Let's do it."

"Meg," Tiffany called after me. But I was already out the door of Eric's Beamer. My beer sloshed onto the gravel as I led the way across the dark clearing to the railroad bridge.

Eric caught up with me. His hand circled the back of my neck, stopping me at the end of the bridge. We shared a hungry look. He'd been mad when I told him Tiffany and Brian were coming along tonight. And I knew why he was angry. If we weren't alone, we couldn't do it. If we couldn't do it, what were we hanging out together for?

Now, without sharing a word, he and I understood we would do it after all. The four of us were drunk past the point of needing privacy.

In the light of the full moon I searched his handsome face a moment longer, marveled at his carefully mussed black hair. He was hot. We turned each other on. We were about to screw on a railroad bridge. It was a shame we didn't like each other very much.

I gazed to the far end of the bridge. "It's not long enough for those kids to have gotten killed on it. Seems like they could have run to one end or the other when they heard the train coming."

"You don't believe that story," he said.

"Party pooper. Why do you want to cross the bridge if you don't believe the story? It's not a daring deed unless you think it's dangerous."

"The girl got her shoe caught in the tracks," Brian said behind us. "That's what I always heard. And the boy got killed, too, because he went back to help her."

"That's so romantic," Tiffany cooed. She sounded like she actually meant it. She was completely wasted on her first three beers ever, way too drunk to produce sarcasm.

"And then, blammo!" I said. "Very dangerous. That's more like it." I swirled my beer in my cup. "Maybe we should take our shoes off."

Despite his party pooping, Eric took his shoes off. We all left our shoes at the base of the sign that proclaimed No Trespassing and offered the number of the city ordinance we were breaking. We stepped in our socks across the railroad ties, toward the center of the bridge — Eric and me, with Tiffany and Brian behind us.

Through my cotton socks, gradually I began to feel the cold, hard ties. The air seemed colder, too, as we walked farther from the riverbank.

I heard Tiffany trip, then laugh. Brian probably thought tonight was The Night, and maybe it was. He'd been bugging me for months in the back of calculus class about how to take his relationship with Tiffany to The Next Level. I had told him I wasn't that close with Tiffany anymore. I wasn't that close with anyone. He said it didn't matter. He seemed to think I was an expert on sex in general.

What did I expect? Good news traveled fast.

And I was pretty much getting what I asked for from Eric. I looked the part. As the only teenager in Shelby County, Alabama, with blue hair, I was everybody's goto girl for bad behavior. Tonight I wore a low-cut T-shirt that said Peer Pressure in the hope of luring Eric into another sexcapade. As if he needed any luring. He was pretty much self-luring.

As we reached the middle of the bridge, he steered me by the neck to the metal wall of the trestle. I didn't mind being held around the back of the neck, but I minded being steered. The rich, dirty scents of rust and tar made me dizzy. I was about to shake him off when he slid his hand down to my butt and parked me against the wall.

I sipped beer and gripped the rusty wall with my other hand, looking down at the reflection of the white moon in the black river so far below us. Trees clung to the sides of the gorge, their tiny spring leaves glinting white with moonlight. People had said the view from the bridge was beautiful, but no one seemed to have actually seen it. Now I had seen it.

Now I had seen everything. Brian Johnson, salutatorian, math team captain, had Tiffany Hart, valedictorian, yearbook editor, sandwiched against the bridge wall in front of him. At least he'd taken the precaution of putting his beer down. He wore all the wrong clothes, a sure sign his parents didn't let him watch TV. She wore the right clothes, clean version, no skin in sight. His hands moved up her sides toward a risqué area and I almost laughed. Every few seconds, he glanced over at Eric and me as if he needed instructions.

Oblivious to Brian's groping, Tiffany shook her blonde windblown curls off her face and asked, "Why didn't those kids just jump over the side of the bridge? Is that a stupid question? I can't tell what's a stupid question." She was so drunk. I began to regret letting her and Brian, innocence incarnate, tag along tonight on my walk on the wild side.

"We're really high up," Brian said in the tone of the Professor from Gilligan's Island. "Hitting the water from this height would be like hitting concrete."

"Getting hit by a train is painful, too," I said. "But the girl got her shoe caught, and the boy wouldn't leave her. So they were stuck up here anyway."

"I'm telling you," Eric said, "that story can't be true. What kind of dumbass would let himself get hit by a train because his dumb girlfriend got her shoe caught?" Immediately after declaring that true love was something he couldn't fathom, he proceeded to kiss the back of my neck and work his way toward hickeyville.

I tried to enjoy him, despite the irony. The cold March wind kissed my cleavage as he kissed me. A tingle of excitement spread through my body, and I tilted my head down to expose more of my neck for his mouth.

I'd grabbed him like a life preserver to float me through my last three months of high school. He wasn't much, but he was the only thing that kept me moving, besides anticipating my spring break trip to Miami one week from tonight. I would live as high as I could that week, which would tide me over until I graduated in June and moved to Birmingham for college. It was only twenty minutes up the interstate, but at least I was getting out of this tiny town. In the meantime, I was seventeen, a boy wanted to do me on a railroad bridge in the middle of nowhere, and I knew I was alive.

For the moment.

"Stop. Shhh." I pushed Eric's shoulder to detach him from my neck.

"What is it?" Brian asked over Tiffany's giggle.

"Shhh. Hush, Tiff." I leaned against the rusty wall, out over the distant black water, which stirred in the wind and distorted the reflection of the moon. My eyes strained, searching the dark for the source of the low hum. "Do y'all hear that?"

"No," Brian said.

My heart pounded in my chest. I hated being the cautious one. I couldn't help it this time. I looked one way up the tracks, but I didn't see the terrifying headlight of a train rounding the bend. I looked the other way down the tracks. Blackness. I considered setting down my beer and putting my ear to the railroad tie to listen for vibrations, like in an old Western. "Suddenly, I am full of fear."

Eric put both arms around me and massaged my boobs, too hard. "You're just stoned," he whispered so Brian and Tiffany couldn't hear. Even in their inebriated state, they would have been truly horrified at a mention of marijuana.

That buzz had worn off an hour ago, or so I'd thought. But Eric must be right. I was paranoid from the pot, and now I was drunk, too.

None of that explained the low hum in my ears.

The clearing at the end of the bridge exploded with the blue lights of the police.

Copyright © 2009 by Jennifer Echols

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    Perfect blend of romance and rebelliousness!

    I could not put this book down. I was hooked at the first page. Meg and 3 of her friends are caught on a railroad bridge, under the influence, right before their spring break. As punishment the cop who found them decided that instead of going to Miami for a school trip, they should be forced to ride around with either the police, firefighters, or ambulance personnel.
    Meg unluckily gets stuck with the police officer that arrested them. Officer After seems like somebody Meg knows but she can't quite place him until her friend tells her that they went to school with him and that he is only a year older then them. As the week progresses Meg is unnerved to find herself beginning to fall for Officer After even though she knows that it can never go anywhere.
    Through the week Meg and Officer After begin to connect in different ways and some shocking things are revealed about both of their pasts.
    Will Meg and John be able to get past their differences and finally be in a good relationship or will they ruin everything with their hostile natures toward each other?
    Honestly, this is one of the best books I have ever read. It has just the right mix of romance, comedy, and rebelliousness. I could safely say that this is book for just about any teenage girl.

    78 out of 79 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2010

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    Amazing.

    I bought several books with all a similar theme- a guy and a girl and, usually, sex.
    This was the fourth one I read. The first two were pretty terrible and/or lame. But this one and the one before it was emotional and intriguing. The characters were much better than I actually like and connected with them.

    The book has strong language and sex. If you can get past that part, it is an amazing read.

    Meg and her "boyfriend" Eric (aka guy she sleeps with) take a pair of innocent friends, Tiffany and Brian, out onto the bridge. All of them had just gotten drunk (Tif for the first time) and Meg and Eric were getting off their high. Behind the NO TRESPASSING sign, they start to do their thing when a tall dark and handsome cop puts on the siren to arrest them. Meg's body twists as she starts to think about the handcuffs and being locked up but luckily the boys get the lecture while her and the crying Tiffany get placed in the car. Meg makes snide remarks while parents are called from the jail cell. Everyone, aside from Meg's, parents claim their children and go home for the night. The officer who arrested them wasn't done though. He and the "Powers That Be" arranged for each of the kids (except for son-of-a-lawyer Eric) to have to tag along and learn the law instead of enjoying their spring break. Lucky Meg got him. The two got off to a bad start and Meg quickly realizes that tall-dark-and-handsome has this strange obsession for the bridge. During her week on duty she and him develop this strange bond and push each other to their limits.


    ---Spoilers--- (Characters)
    Meg is 17 and had cancer four years ago. She dies her hair bright colors and sleeps around as a form of rebellion against death. Her parents emotionally scarred her by strapping her down for treatment when she was younger and now can't even wear a seatbelt without feeling claustrophobic
    John After is 19 and went to Meg's school just a year ago. When he was 9 his brother and his brother's girlfriend were killed on that bridge. Ever since he has wanted to be a cop and to watch over the bridge to make sure it never happens again.
    Eric is jerk pothead who just wants to get laid.
    Tif is a straight A virgin.



    This is one of the books that I think about days after finishing.

    32 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2009

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    Sweet and fun book

    Rating: 4.5 rounded to 5

    Going too far is such a sweet book. On the surface it's a love story but that's not all it is.

    Meg is a 17 year old girl with blue hair and an attitude that has put her in trouble many times. John is a cop. Because of an incident at the unsafe town bridge, Meg is an unsafe bridge in the town, Meg and her friends are arrested and she has to spend a week patrolling with John as a substitute to being put in jail.

    The week they spend together is an eye-opener for both John and Meg. As they struggle to cope with the situation and as the blurb says 'drive each other over the edge', they realize that they both have some growing up to do. And it's not sudden or magical.

    John and Meg are such likable characters. And the best part is you can sympathize and understand both even if they are on different sides of the fence. If I did have my doubts about how 2 people so different could fall in love convincingly, they were baseless. It was fantastic to see them falling for each other.

    As I said before, this book is much more than a teenage love story. It's also about coming to terms with your fear and insecurities. It's about broadening your horizons and cutting ties with things and emotions that pull you down.

    But.it's still a light read. It's fun and hot and exciting. Jennifer Echols has done a wonderful job with Going too Far.

    Obviously recommended. Read it if you like light hearted stories or just want to have some good time. Don't get me wrong, this story is complex, but fun anyway. I have to read other books Jennifer Echols has written.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2010

    Dissapointment

    This book was cliche and predictable. At first, I was interested. However, towards the middle of the book, the plot became VERY predictable and honestly, quite boring.

    5 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2010

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    Loved it from begining to end

    Great book! I found myself crushing on Officer After too. Trying to teach a teenager a lesson isn't always easy but Officer After is going to try just that. You find out pretty shocking stuff about each. I found myself so frustrated with Meg & her decisions at times. This is a cute quick read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

    amazing!

    I could not put it down. It is so good, I might read it again!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2010

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    A Sexy, Unconventional Love Story - The Characters Sizzle

    Okay Jennifer Echols, it is official - you're amazing. Going Too Far blew me away with its strong lead characters and intelligent dialogue. Meg is sarcastic and angry and rebellious and wondrously complicated, while John After is slightly mysterious and calm and definitely a little sexy, but complicated at the same time.

    Together, these two people create quite the story. Echols somehow squeezes so much into a week of cop car ride-alongs, stolen glances, arguments, fainting, and maybe even the possibility of a something more. Each chapter left me wanting to know more about Meg and John and the issues that they both hide; I couldn't put the book down.

    What starts with a night on a bridge somehow morphs into so much more. The story is peeled back slowly, layer by layer in Echols deliciously seductive writing. The love story isn't fluffy or contrived, it's raw and powerful, full of heat and desire and pain. Everything that makes a good love story. And the mystery of Meg's panic attacks and John's obsession with a railroad bridge had me eager to figure out just who these two people were below the surface.

    Going Too Far is an unconventional love story that is well-written with incredible chemistry. Rebellious, blue-haired Meg is feisty and sarcastic and is the perfect counterpart to John's clean-cut, rule-following self. It's sexy and fun with laugh-out-loud comedy and tender moments that will steal your heart.

    Opening lines: "That's the worst idea I ever heard," I told Eric. Then I took another sip of beer and swallowed. "Let's do it." ~ pg. 1

    Favorite lines: This was like no handshake I'd ever shared. Clumsy, and sexy, and way too friendly for comfort.
    Friends my ass. ~ pg. 116
    And this one:
    As I watched him pull himself from the car and walk casually across the brightly lit parking lot, I thought dumb things: I will never wash my knee again. I will never wash these jeans again. I will cut the knee out of these jeans and sew a pillow to sleep on every night, just to have a molecule of him in my bed with me. ~ pg. 126

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2013

    This is one of my all-time favorite books! GOING TOO FAR is a st

    This is one of my all-time favorite books! GOING TOO FAR is a story about two young people who seem very different but are really very much alike. Eighteen-year-old Meg is a senior in high school and somewhat of a delinquent. She rebels by acting out and dying her hair (blue during this story) and is ready to bust out of town as soon as she graduates. Nineteen-year-old John is just out of the police academy and can be overly conscientious about his work. He's proud of what he does and is determined to remain in their small Alabama town protecting its citizens. But both are broken--their actions products of painful pasts--and neither of them is living up to their potential.

    The story begins with John arresting a drunken and high Meg and her friends when they trespass on a dangerous railroad bridge where two teenagers died several years ago. Three of the kids are ordered to do community service with the local emergency services during their highly anticipated Spring Break. As you can imagine, all three are extremely bummed that they have to stay home while their friends go to the beach that week and party. Meg is assigned to five consecutive graveyard shifts patrolling with John, during which they share a little about themselves and grow somewhat close. Meg sees the variety of pressures a policeman experiences in their backwater town, and when they eat at Meg's family's diner, John gets some idea of the life Meg endures.

    As a cop, John comes off as stiff and aloof, but Meg discovers he's not as boring as he appears. Meg acts all carefree and wild, yet John learns that she is more responsible and focused than he originally thought. Through each other, they discover strengths about themselves. Through their friendship, they help each other grow and overcome their fears.

    GOING TOO FAR is the perfect book to take to the beach. It's a love story. It's humorous. It's poignant. And, it's extremely well written. Jennifer Echols' stories are filled with everyday people with unique personalities facing life-changing problems, and this book is no exception. You'll want to read this book again and again. (Well, at least I do. ;-D )

    PROTAGONIST/HEROINE: A troubled, caring, 18-year-old senior

    ACTION: Arresting some crazy guys, hanging on a railroad bridge

    LOVE INTERESTS: A 19-year-old, dedicated policeman

    ROMANCE: A few sex scenes but not in detail

    QUIRKINESS: Meg's sense of humor

    IF YOU LIKE THIS, YOU MAY LIKE: -- SUCH A RUSH and LOVE STORY by Jennifer Echols, PERFECT CHEMISTRY by Simone Elkeles, PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry, JUST LISTEN and KEEPING THE MOON by Sarah Dessen, THE THING ABOUT THE TRUTH by Lauren Barnholdt

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2011

    Great story !!! :]

    This book was so good I could not put it down and read it in one night ! My hubby got annoyed that my lamp was on so late into the night... lol I think the writer gave us a good insight into the their lives, past and present, and I loved the sexual tension between them. ;] Awesome book and I'll definitely be rereading this one a lot in the future !!! :]

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2010

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    Too good for words!!!

    Im sorry but the story is NOT realistic no matter how much we want it to be. Seriously, John is everything I want in a guy and Meg's voice is real. She actually sounds like a real 17 year old. In all, I loved the book and Echols and I think she should write more books like this one. AMAZING!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

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    GOING TO FAR - Jennifer Echols

    I loved GOING TO FAR. I don't know how else to say it. It was all around fanastic! It was funny, it was sad. I even cried a little and I NEVER cry. I'm such an emotionless shrew it's unbelievable. But I loved Meg! She's so witty and rebellious! She and John are hysterical together. I love how she messes with him! It's so great. Anyhoo, I loved this book, and that's all there is to it! Totally recommended!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2009

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

    Meg pushes limits. <BR/><BR/>Right before Spring Break, she and her friends are found trespassing on a dangerous railroad bridge, under the influence. They almost lose their lives. <BR/><BR/>As punishment, they must forgo their trip to Miami Beach and instead each spend a week riding with a trauma unit in an effort to teach them a lesson. <BR/><BR/>Meg must spend the week riding in a police car with the officer who brought her in. She's unnerved to find that not only is he a few years older than she is and that they once had class together - but also that she's falling for him. <BR/><BR/>For Meg, the girl who doesn't plan anything and who runs away from any emotional ties, this week could spell out her downfall. <BR/><BR/>Jennifer Echols deals with the limits of life and shocking everyone in GOING TOO FAR, a novel readers won't want to put down.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Did Not Enjoy At All!

    I was very surprised that I didn't enjoy this book, after reading the amazing reviews it has gotten. I wanted to quit after 20 pages, but I thought it might get better... then I wanted to quit half way through, but since I paid $8.01 for it, I forced myself to finish it.

    For me, the story was very unrealistic at parts, and the dialogue just didn't make sense all of the time. Sometimes it seemed like I missed something, but I'd re-read a few pages and just realize that the author must have left something out, or assumed we would fill the gaps in for ourselves.

    Also, I did not feel like there was any real chemistry between the 2 main characters. It all felt very forced!

    Synopsis (HAS SPOILERS):
    So, it's mainly about this 17 year old girl Meg (who has Blue hair... apparently which is a huge part of the story) who gets in trouble and is forced to ride around with a cop for a week instead of going on her spring break. But to her, the cop seems old... she guesses he's in his 40's with a wife and a bunch of kids at home.

    But then she learns the truth. He's really 19. All of a sudden, he's hot to her and seems like a 19 year old. What?! It really doesn't make much sense.

    The cop, John, has his life planned out, and he's dedicated to staying in that town... but after only a week of riding around with Meg, he decides to change his life completely.

    They had many arguments, that I just couldn't follow. It's almost like she could have just said "hi" and then things would explode. The arguments were just so explosive over nothing..

    They had like 2 meaningful conversations throughout the whole book, but they're "in love".

    Also, another thing that made me really mad... they talk about how she had Cancer when she was 13... how she was running because she didn't want treatment, and she collapsed. When she stood up, the cops tackled her and put handcuffs on her. WHO WOULD TACKLE A SICK KID WHO JUST COLLAPSED?! Also, they made it seem like it was her fault that her parent's were so unhappy with her... the author made it seem like she was so ungrateful because she wanted to go follow her dreams instead of working at her parent's restaurant for the rest of her life to "pay them back for sticking by her". Seriously?

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  • Posted April 23, 2012

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    I didn't love it but it really kept me entertained. Very fast re

    I didn't love it but it really kept me entertained.
    Very fast read Just a little over 200 pages.
    Try it :) .
    I recommend it ! .

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  • Posted April 15, 2012

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    I’ve been wanting to read this for a while! It’s exa

    I&rsquo;ve been wanting to read this for a while! It&rsquo;s exactly the bad-boy-meets-good-girl story turned on its head. It&rsquo;s an idea too many authors have had that that Jennifer Echols used to make her book fresh and original.

    The plot is simple in order to get them together. Meg is a wild girl whose bad deeds inevitably catch up with her in the form of the police, who just happens to be the Matt-Damon-like Officer John After. Who is so angry with her bad behavior he decides a fitting punishment would be a week-long night patrol with Meg in his passenger seat. A mite contrived, but it&rsquo;s all about the execution, and Jennifer Echols convinced me that it wasn&rsquo;t.

    I have to admit though, the chemistry between Meg and John is scorching hawt! Every time there&rsquo;s an eye graze, a small touch, a kiss . . . cue the hot romance! Those moments completely pulled me in and had me egging them on.

    The other day in my English class we were discussing the reasons why some people alter their appearance (extreme hair color and styles, facial rings, overdone makeup, etc). We got suggestions like &ldquo;to annoy your parents&rdquo;, &ldquo;boredom!&rdquo; and &ldquo;to hide who you really are.&rdquo;

    Meg is exactly that person whose appearance hides all that she suffers, like a shield to wall off everyone. While I found her personality a little too good to be labeled a &ldquo;bad girl&rdquo;&mdash;someone like that wouldn&rsquo;t even care about university, right?&mdash;her exterior was tough towards others as befits a girl who has gone through what she has; but at the same time little chunks of kindness slip through to show she does care about the people around her.

    Just like Meg, John has had his own shares of hardship that are slowly revealed through his and Meg&rsquo;s interactions. They have a definitive opinion about each other that changes as they open up. Both of their characters are very complex and layered, both traumatized in their own way, but we don&rsquo;t discover that until the very end, which is why I think the book worked out so well.

    Because it&rsquo;s more about dialogue than anything else, you have to appreciate that it&rsquo;s very believable and logical, somewhat unreal at times but forgiven due to the great humor but also the significance of what was being said that pervaded almost every page.

    Going Too Far is a well-told story about opposites attracting. Its plot flows like water, and its characters slowly sketch themselves out beautifully and believably. I&rsquo;m proud to have this book on my bookshelf, and this certainly won&rsquo;t be the last I&rsquo;ll be reading of Jennifer Echols!

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  • Posted October 28, 2011

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    A fun, enjoyable read!

    Going Too Far is the first book by Jennifer Echols that I have ever read. It tells the story of Meg, an out-of-place girl stuck in a small southern town. Her only dream? To leave (I can relate!). But then, as tends to happen, she meets one of the best male leads in YA: Officer After. He's 19. He's gorgeous. And he's fallen for Meg big time. And Meg's fallen for him. Of course, neither will admit it at first. Which makes for really good reading for all of us! With quirky writing and some steamy scenes (that I'm not going to reveal here, you'll just have to read the book!), Going Too Far was a fun read that kept me hooked until the very end. And after I turned the last page, I found myself thinking about what Meg and Officer After might be doing now...a true sign of a great book! I happily give Going Too Far 4 stars. If you're a YA contemp lover who wants to go on a journey with great characters and great writing, I urge you to pick this book up today!

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

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    My favorite J.Echol's book so far. <3

    This has easily become one of my favorite books I've read all summer. I loved it so much that not only did I finish it in one day, but I just ordered "Forget You" by Jennifer Echols. Honestly if you give me a tortured, rebel teen dealing with their own demons and throw in a romance, I'm sold.

    Meg is a seventeen year old girl with blue hair who doesn't make plans, shuts people out, and loves to be a rebel. She abuses drinking, drugs, and sex to help her deal with her own personal demons. She just wants to get out of the town she lives in and away from her parents. John After, on the other hand, wants to stay in town and enforce the law to stop people from getting in trouble. So when these two meet they push and pull at each others emotions,and the emotional roller coaster begins.

    I absolutely love Meg and I absolutely love John. I forgot to mention how sexy he is! Whenever he smiled, I smiled. Both characters are fabulously written and also so are all of the friends we meet along the way. I loved John's friends, I was laughing out loud so many time during this book. Also, in my last review (Feed) I said i'm not the type who cries over books... but, yes you guessed it, in this book there was one part where I started to tear up. I also love when books talk/have sex in them. Yes, I'm 20 years old, but I also think having sex in a book makes it real. Teens are doing this stuff nowadays and by stuff, yes, I mean alcohol, drugs, and sex. (If you're worried about reading about sex, don't worry. This book doesn't go into details or anything like that. There is no written sex scene, they get close and just talk about it)

    I thought this book was amazing. I'd gladly recommend it and probably read it again. This book is real. It's real life and what's happening out in the world all the time. It's amazing, 5 stars for sure. :)

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

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    okay??

    this book at first was interesting but as i got through the book it got boring and very predictable. but it was a very interesting read?

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

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    Great Buy

    I really loved this book!

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