Pushing The Limits Read-Along: Week 3

It’s week three of the Pushing the Limits read-along!

This event is hosted by Candace Book Blog, Natalia @ Dazzling Reads, The Page Turners, Mary @ The Book Swarm and The Bewitched Bookworms. Here’s the breakdown from the hosts themselves: For 6 weeks, we will discuss the amazing emotional roller coaster that is Pushing the Limits. We will tear up with Echo, swoon over Noah and thoroughly enjoy this unbelievably fantastic book! Every week will have awesometastic giveaways sponsored by HarlequinTEEN and we have an epic, unique and absolutely adorable Grand Prize sponsored by Bewitched Bookworms and Katie McGarry herself!
Here are the second week’s questions:
  1. ­­In the beginning of this section Noah decides to ignore Echo because he’s angry and hurt.  What did you think of this?  Have you ever experienced a friendship that went awry and they started ignoring you?
    Answer: Of course, I’m sure most of us experience this at some point in time. That actually happened with one of my best friends from college. Apparently I did something wrong, but she never confronted me about it, just stopped talking to me, refused to answer me, and I still haven’t talked to her since. Now I’m not one for confrontation either, but she could have at least clued me in. Instead I’m feeling guilty for something that I don’t even know what it is! Oh well. I guess if it was that important to end a friendship over, but not important enough to talk about, sometimes I think I’m better off.
  2. Noah has a bit of a false reputation.  Everyone thinks he’s a big druggie and a guy that just randomly hooks up with girls.  While some of it is true to a certain extent, we see it’s not really him.  Have you ever had a false reputation where people draw their own conclusions?  Do you think Noah should do something to make people not think that about him?
    Answer: I’m sure I have had a false reputation, but nothing too horrible. I’m sure a couple of things I did in college were taken the wrong way and I wasn’t given a chance to explain (see above, along with other people), and it really hurt my feelings. I feel like I had a couple people in the same crowd assuming some negative things about me and it mostly hurt me because they were my friends and wouldn’t even hear me out. I look back on it from time to time and still feel hurt, but I know in the end, my true friends are still with me and everything works itself out.
    As for Noah, it’s up to him. If he doesn’t care about the rumors (especially because he knows he’s not as bad as they really are), then I guess it doesn’t matter what people think. It seems like all he cares about is making sure Echo knows what kind of person he really is, and that’s all that really matters to him! I think the problem lies with how the social workers and the law sees him. If he wants to get custody of his brothers, he’ll have to clean up his rep quite a bit!
  3. Ashley finds out she’s having a boy and informs Echo she will have a brother ‘again’.  Echo took this very personally and was extremely upset.  Do you think Echo overreacted?  Do you think Ashley meant that the new brother would replace her brother?
    Answer: Hm. Well, I only think Echo overreacted a little bit. Ashley clearly meant no harm and although she’s quite hated by Echo, it’s not like she’s mean or vindictive. Echo already sees her as the enemy so anything she can say wrong, Echo will take it that way. On the other hand, I totally understand her frustration and sadness with that comment. Echo loved Aires so much and it’s another brother (half-brother at that) – I think the word “again” made the comment come off a little harsher than intended because there’s nothing that can bring Aires back again.
  4. Echo doesn’t remember what happened with her mother and for this reason she has troubles seeing her the way everyone else does.  She can’t seem to not miss her and still wants to talk to her.  Do you think she should pursue finding her mom?  Do you think it will help her or do you think she would be in danger?
    Answer: This is also a tough question! Personally, I think she should do what she feels the strong desire/need to do. It’ll nag at her until she gets answers or it’ll take longer to put those feelings to rest. Although clearly what her mother did to her was incredibly harmful, if she meets her in a safe setting, she might be able to talk to her mother and get some answers. It’s an outcome that’s totally unpredictable – Echo could finally see how unstable her mother is (if she’s not in a good frame of mind when Echo sees her), or she could have a rational conversation with her and talk to her mom about what happened. Either way, I think they’re important things she needs to know.
  5. Noah doesn’t trust the people who have his brothers because of his own past situations.  He decides to seek out a lawyer himself and try to get custody.  Do you think this is his best move?  Do you think there are some other options he should consider?
    Answer: I really don’t think that’s best move. That’s what Mrs Collins is trying to help him with. I really think she’s a great person to use as a reference and as a guide, and that’s really what she’s there for. His record is against him and I think it seems to pushy to hire his own lawyer and that it shows more rebellion against authority because he’s not listening to the experienced adults who are trying to help him. He needs to exhibit some patience and understanding (I know it’s really difficult), but ideally, I think that would work out best.
  6.  Echo finds out that Noah and his parents built houses for Habitat for Humanity.  Have you ever volunteered for something like that?  What is a cause that you feel strongly about?
    Answer: Actually, I really haven’t had a cause that I’ve felt strongly about. Sometimes I feel guilty that I don’t, but really none of my passions in life have led that way. It’s hard work and not everyone is drawn to it. I’m always very thankful for the people who are dedicated to those causes! They’re really inspirational (even if it doesn’t get me off my butt!)