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Going Too Far

by Jennifer Echols

Mtv Books | March 17, 2009 | Trade Paperback

Going Too Far is rated 4.7083 out of 5 by 24.

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....

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.7 in

Published: March 17, 2009

Publisher: Mtv Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416571736

ISBN - 13: 9781416571735

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Echols Book So Far Going Too Far is another great Echols book. With unique and different characters, a great storyline, true-to-life messages, and an awesome, intriguing romance, this book is the best Echols book I have read yet! Meg is a teenager who, with her free-spirit and don't-care-about-anything attitude and blue hair, stands out in her small town. Then she has a run-in with the police and winds up having to follow around John, the 19-year-old cop who arrested her. During night shifts over spring break, naturally, Meg and John end up falling for each other. But while one is only looking for someone to hook up with and to get out of her small town, the other wants to stay and enforce the rules. Will they overcome their differences and be okay with who they are and what they mean to each other? I really enjoyed Going Too Far. Its a quick, light read with, like all good, well-writing YA romance books, undertones about life, family, learning how to be yourself, and learning what your heart wants. The ending is fantastic, although i would like if, throughout the book, John would try to adjust Meg's trampy-ish attitude more then he does. I do think Meg and John's relationship does develop just a bit too fast, but Echols makes it believable. Going Too Far is a great book, with strong, well-developed characters that stand out to, not only other characters, but the readers, too. Its not just about romance, and has a lot about family issues, usual teenage problems, and unusual, sad, teenage problems for those who are unlucky. Overall, Going Too Far is my favourite Echols book!
Date published: 2013-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Loved It! When I first stumbled upon this book, I was sure I would love it. I read an excerpt from it and I hastily went and bought it. Not only did I find the plot enticing, but I'm a sucker for a man in uniform ;) The storyline kept me on the edge of my seat, constantly wanting to know what was going to happen next. I even made guesses as to what was going to happen, and I was wrong every time--I think that that is an excellent quality in a book. I mean, sure, if you know what is going to happen, you know you're going to like it, but if you don't know what is going to happen, and every time you guess you're wrong, it adds curiosity and a need to read more. Meg's character was beautifully flawed and, even though she comes off as completely comfortable with who she is, she is just an insecure girl on the inside who craves closeness and comfort. Sex is how she gets that closeness without feeling closed in and committed to someone. When she meets John After, though, things change, and she is forced to decide what is really important to her and why. John's character is very much just a teenaged boy who is forced to grow up too soon due to his job as a Police Officer. He is dealing with things that are very much adult-oriented and deep down inside, he's just a boy who wants a happy ending. He is a protective person, and he feels the need to protect everyone around him if he can. His relationship with Meg is slow building, which creates a much stronger relationship--but one that can be broken more easily. The way Echols wrote this story is beautiful. She writes it through the perspective of Meg, and really lets us see into the mind of Meg, and experience all of her conflicting values and her contradicting feelings. It's told in such a raw way that you feel like you are a part of what is going on. Amazing. Would I recommend this book? In a heartbeat. I suggest that if you read about it and think you might like it, buy it because I'm pretty positive that you will.
Date published: 2012-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! A great read from start to finish!
Date published: 2010-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Romantic and Intense Meg is not really your typical girl. She has an old soul, a strong mind, and, oh yeah, her hair is bright blue. And when she gets saved with minutes to spare off a railroad bridge, by a begrudgingly handsome teenage cop, her life changes forever. Part of her punishment from the DA is to spend a week, driving around with the policeman, experiencing how his job really is. And in that week, hearts meet, hearts break, and secrets are discovered that could ruin everything. I started off this book not really being sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised when I got into it. It's one of those books you literally cannot put down, the writing is so emotional and intense, the characters feel so real you almost think you could look up and see them. Every moment matters in this book, and every word makes you feel more and more for the people in it. Meg is the perfect heroine, the way she doesn't take crap from anyone-especially not John-and with John being so frustrating at times, and trying to cover himself with his uniform, they make for a pair that is so horribly unperfect that they're practically perfect together. This book made me smile like a dork from all the chemistry between Meg and John, and also made me feel like I was about to cry at times. It's one of those books that lingers with you even after you've read the final page.
Date published: 2010-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Again, like Forget You, I was drawn into this story as soon as I started reading it. After reading Forget You I was eager to go out and buy another of Jennifer Echols books. Instead of buying one more of her books I bought two, Going too Far and Endless Summer, which actually added up to three books since Endless summer is two books in one (a deal? I think so :P ). I'll do a review for Endless summer when I'm finished reading it, so far it's looking good! Anyway, back to this review. Really good story and I loved the characters. Meg and John are two very different people who are brought together in this story. They're so different that you wouldn't think they could even get along until they get to know each other and dive into each others heads and hearts. Meg, a 17 year old girl who doesn't show much care about her life and what happens in it. Sleeping around, getting drunk, doing stupid things that could put her life in serious danger. She's seen as a troublemaker by many including her parents. Then there's John After, an 19 year old police officer who shows a lot of care in other lives. After an incident at the railroad track Meg is forced to ride along with John on his night shifts for a week. At first this is a dreadful thought for Meg who now is missing her spring break. For John, it's a mission to save Meg. His fear is that if she continues down the path she's headed she will end up dead. I found this story idea very appealing. I mean, Meg and John are so different and I couldn't wait to read how their story progressed. Having to spend a whole week together, what would they find out about each other? Would John be able to help Meg change her ways? Why does Meg act the way she does? And what is it that makes John so attached to that bridge that he drives by it every night during his shift? All questions that kept me reading. I found this story to be full of emotion, love, anger, sad, and more love. Although I can't say I can relate to Meg I did like her character. She was lost and reading the story I felt for her. You can also say I felt for John too. Who can resist a nice, loveable, sexy cop?? Seriously though, he's a great character and there was just something about him that made me feel bad. He seemed trap to me which made me want to jump into the book and give him a big bear hug. I definitly loved how Echols developed these characters as the story progressed. I love being able to feel with and for characters as I read a story and that's something I was able to do with this book for sure. You can read this review and others on my blog http://dazzle-me-books.blogspot.com/
Date published: 2010-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! This book was unbelievable! Its pulls you in right from the beginning... Amazing style of writing that keeps the reader locked into the novel!
Date published: 2010-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! I bought this book when it was first released and I re-read it again because Jennifer Echol's latest novel, Forget You, was just released! Echols has a few previous novels she wrote before Going Too Far, but admittedly, at the time, this was my first time reading a novel by her after a few recommendations from Chapters to check this novel out. Boy, was I so glad I did! Meg hates her small town and can't wait to get out as soon as possible when she graduates in a few months. With her blue hair and rebellious streak, she's the wild girl in a town where everyone knows each other. But after one night and an attempted hook up session with bad boy Eric after trespassing illegally on a bridge for trains, she gets caught by the police, never realizing the danger she could have been in. Instead of spending her spring break partying, she'll be now riding along with John After, the attractive young police officer who caught her, during the night shift as an unconventional punishment. Little do they expect, but Meg and John may just have something to teach each other... about love, and more importantly, about life. There's a bit of swearing and some more mature subject matter than a younger teen may be used to, but older teens and adults will surely love this story. Meg and John seem like such an unlikely couple but while reading, you see how these two can bring about the best and worst in each other... leaving readers always on edge to see what would happen next. They both have their flaws and there's certainly more to their characters than meets the eye, but I love how Echols slowly breaks their exteriors apart to reveal more than just a girl with attitude and a boy who doesn't act his age. Fast-paced and edgy, you'll be finished reading Going Too Far before you know it. You can also check out the review here: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2010/07/going-too-far-by-jennifer-echols.html
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fu**ing Sweet! I loved this book! It had everything you need in a book. It was edgy and romantic and it made you fall in love with the characters! This book makes you stay up real late because it is impossible to put down. and somee parts i would just read over again and again so that I could savour every moment of it! This book was fantastic and i would recomend it to anyone!
Date published: 2010-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic Going Too Far was basically amazing, Jennifer Echoles captures you in from the first sentence to the last!! Caution: dont start this book unless you have lots of spare time, this book is a page turner
Date published: 2010-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! beautiful story. i thought characters were very well developed, the only thing i didnt like was how short it was! but i loved mhow it pulled so many emotions out of you within such a short period of time. i would recomend this book to just about everybody :)
Date published: 2010-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from it was all right This book was good. It started off really well and just sucked you in, but then it kind of got sloopy. I found a few spelling/grammer mistakes, or what I thought were mistakes because when I was reading it sounded weird but then I guessed that there should have been a comma there. lol. but over all it was a good read.
Date published: 2009-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love, love, love Meg McPhereson is a girl who just wants to escape school, her parents, her home-town. Her life! But one crazy night that involves her, a dare and a forbidden railroad track changes everything. She is arrested and as punishment must endure one whole week of partnering with a cop during his night shift, during spring break. But that one week changes almost everything about her as she falls in love with John After, the cop that put her in her situation. Meg's character is the basic rebellious teenager, but slightly different. Her past has changed her outlook in her life and future. And John is the goody two shoes, who has his laces untied. Meg and John begin to bond and their two extreme personnalitites (badass and saint) merge as they fall in love. Though the plot seems like a total cliche the character development makes up for it. Meg jus isn't a MOODY TEEN (hihi) she has reasons and John digs up each of those reasons as they fall in love and Meg pushes every single one of his buttons. But the problem in their romance is that once high school is over Meg is ready to spread her wings and fly away to college land but John's plans consist of many dougnuts, and staying where he is. The book was really exciting to read, mostly because of A) Meg's personnality and B) John's mystery. Meg's point of view is really fun to read. I think a little version of Meg lives inside each and every one of us teenage girls, just waiting to escape. So anyways, enough of my cheesy metaphors and random explanations. I'll lay it down simply, this was a very pleasant good book. And I would recoomend this book to any of you searching a nice, light read. So of course, this book has the moody seal of approovement! Because this book was a light, fun, smart, sexy romance! www.themoodyteenager.blogspot.com
Date published: 2009-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book I liked this book, I reallly liked the characters and I thought it had a solid storyline to it I'm happy with the book and I would recommned it to people.
Date published: 2009-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good A good story that's kind of gritty. It reminded me a little of Lisa McMann's writing, though it's not paranormal in any way. Maybe it's the cop connection. 10/1000
Date published: 2009-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Total Cliche, But Not Without Drama I loved this book! But, then again, it doesn't take much for me to embrace a well-wriiten novel. The tone and mood of this book was well displayed. I thought it was slightly relatable, as all teenagers have problems--whether they be serious and life-threatening or just plain stupid and forgetable. This book was ...different from others that I've read. I would reccommend it to others for sure.
Date published: 2009-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow, a great read for anyone who loves smart, sexy and funny romances. I heard about this book on a review site and thought it sounded good. Well, good doesn't do it justice, GREAT is more like it. GOING TOO FAR is romantic, smart, funny and very unexpected. I loved the banter between Meg and John and it doesn't hurt that he's a great-looking cop with muscles. But it's not just pure romance for these two from opposite sides of the responsibility spectrum, she a blue haired, pierced rebel, he a straight and narrow police officer; each is a three dimensional character with their own fears, painful secrets and hopes for the future. I loved this thoughtful and sexy book from page one right up to the very satisfying ending. I will be definitely seeking out more books from Ms. Echols in the future!
Date published: 2009-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is a book you'll be thankful to have picked up Make yourself comfortable before you read this one! You won't be getting up until it's finished:) I thoroughly enjoyed this book and loved the characters as I so often do while reading books! I recommend anyone who is interested to read it!
Date published: 2009-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Going too far I lost track of time while reading this book. It was absolutely amazing. Romantic, deep, fast paced, exciting. There was always new things you were finding out about the characters so it was very interesting. I don't even know how to describe the... awesomeness of the characters. This novel left me speechless.
Date published: 2009-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It, Loved It, Loved It!!! Well I had debated buying this book for quite a while and finally after a recommendation from another chapters member I picked up a copy, and I am SOOOOO glad I did. I don't want to give away any spoilers but I definitely recommend this book, it is witty, charming, funny, fast paced, and an awesome love story.
Date published: 2009-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever! I read this in one sitting, I couldn't stop! It was so romantic and touching. Deep at times, some suspence and just PERFECT. Highly Recommend this little gem!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2009-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Lovable When I first saw this book, I figured it was a classic superficial teen love story. I have no problem (in this instance) admitting that I was wrong. The heroine, Meg, has a strength I admire (though at times her behaviour is very frustrating). You don't find out the reason for her attitude until about halfway (and normally I hate hidden secrets about characters) but I liked the way the author wove this one in. It brought Meg and John a lot closer and it ultimately changed how their time together would end. I felt that Jennifer Echols wrote such vivid characters and the emotional scenes in a way that really connects you to the story. I couldn't put it down-- I needed to know what would happen with Meg and John. I very nearly cried at the end. It was beautifully finished and I'm glad I read it.
Date published: 2009-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perfect Blend of Rebellion, Romance and Real Life! This is a powerful story with hilarious moments. It's edgy and fast-paced and wonderfully romantic. I could not put it down.
Date published: 2009-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT! <> It was amazing! Loved it! A must read
Date published: 2009-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST read! All Meg has ever wanted is to escape from backwater town. Away from certain memories, away from her parents who seem to want to suffocate her in their dull lives...away from everything. And it looks like she's getting her wish, it's almost spring break and she's going on a trip to Miami and see the beach. But then, Meg and a few friends end up on a bridge where, a few years ago, some kids died. They're caught by a cop, John After, who's only 19 years old and was one of the top students of his year...Meg can't imagine why he would choose to remain tied down in the tiny town and work as a cop. But John is connected, strangely, to the bridge and Meg and her friends' stunt provokes him to want to teach them a memorable lesson. Meg is assigned to join John After during his night shifts for a week, to learn about the law and the importance of it. Only, Meg isn't one to be complacent and she pushes to find out exactly what promoted John to remain bound to the small town that she's so determined to escape from. And he fights back, and stretches her boundaries in an attempt to figure out exactly why Meg refuses to remain in the small Alabama town that has shaped both of their lives so much. So, this was my second Jennifer Echols novel. I'd always intended to read The Boys Next Door, but for some reason, I never got around to it. I *did* read Major Crush which was a pretty cute ro-com read. But then I read Going Too Far. It blew Major Crush away. I'd expected Going Too Far to be good. To be great, even. I was sure that when I reviewed it, I'd tackle it like most of the other books I've reviewed. Normal and level-headed. Except this time, I have no CHOICE but to let loose and write a completely fan-girly review of Going Too Far. You've been warned. Okay. So this book has depth. And I'm not talking the shallow pool that some YA novels are. Going Too Far is a freaking ocean. And I mean it in the best way possible. The relationships and characters in this novel are so complex and layered. The main characters and secondary characters all seem so real. They all have their dreams, their hobbies and their insecurities. John and Meg's pasts both haunt them, every decision in the now is a reflection of certain events from before. Both have secrets that are hinted at, throughout the novel. But, it is only further in the novel that the secrets are fully revealed to the reader and the other characters. (And, of course, this fuels further conflict and further revelations and conclusions.) The story is told in Meg's POV, and it couldn't be told any other way. Meg's voice is realistic; everything about her makes sense and stays true to her character. Along with that, Meg's easy to relate with and feel for, despite her not being like the average teenager. When she hurts, you cringe. When she's happy, you smile. In that aspect, reading Going Too Far is like a (fun) roller coaster. Similarly, John is well-rounded as well. His secret, his driving motivation in life and everything..really, are questioned by Meg in this novel. The way he handles his life, his job and the way he is, makes it easy to feel for him as well. And when you put the two characters together? It's completely believable to have them get each other. To have them fall in love, even. There are so many books where relationships are handled shabbily; the girl and the guy meet, think the other is hot and decide, at the end of the book, that they should go out. It's not like this at all in Going Too Far. In the span of the week that the book takes place over, it's easy to see their relationship build as you read page after page. Overall, Going Too Far is an intense, touching and believable story of love, loss and friendship that will resonate with you for a long time after you've closed the book. Honestly, this is one that deserves a spot on your bookshelf. Preorder it now! (Going Too Far comes out on the 17th!) It won't be a purchase that you'll regret.
Date published: 2009-03-15

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Going Too Far

by Jennifer Echols

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.7 in

Published: March 17, 2009

Publisher: Mtv Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416571736

ISBN - 13: 9781416571735

About the Book

From an award-winning author comes a touching and romantic story about a troubled teenager and a rookie cop who just might be able to save each other--if they can save themselves first.

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1 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.
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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 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....

Editorial Reviews

"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

Appropriate for ages: 12

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