Sunday, June 20, 2010
Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
Going Too Far:
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...
Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols is a wonderful story about learning to let go. What Meg fears the worst is being tied down, and she wants nothing more than to escape her small town. While John finds himself unable to leave. At first I thought Meg was just another typical, trouble making teen, but at the story progresses and we learn of her terrible claustrophobia and her obsessive need to run daily, this reveals a much deeper and troubled character under the surface. John is a young officer on the small town's police force and the story of a young couple tragically dying on the railroad bridge in town haunts him, leaving him unwilling to leave the town. As the two become closer, John discovers Meg's childhood illness and the fears she carries of it suddenly returning. Meg learns the truth behind John's constant need to save other people from the bridge and it's not until they both learn to let go of their fears that they can truly be together and move on with their lives.