Monday, May 21, 2012

My Thoughts: Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

Published: March 17, 2009
MTV Books, paperback
Source: Bought
GR Summary: 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....

Holy Johnafter. There's no point in dividing Johnafter into two names. It's so much better as a triple syllabic expression of swoon and sexytimes.

I am praising the book fairies and Jesus and Ceiling Cat and ALL OF THE ENTITIES that I have finally clicked with a Jennifer Echols book. I've enjoyed her others okay enough, but Going Too Far has swept me off my feet to a faraway land of nice, ethical policemen who aren't all donutted and globular. (Obviously imaginary because I've never seen one of these figures to exist.)

I knew there were multiple levels to this story. Meg's rebellion and blue hair and pot-smoking. Johnafter's geographical stagnation and wounded glances toward The Bridge. I KNEW IT. And when two damaged characters are thrown together by fate and lust, yet are bound to fall in the most epic of loves, nothing bad can come of this.

I pummeled through this story like my life depended on it. Like a freight train. Meg was such a BITCH sometimes, but I loved her, even if I didn't agree with all the pushing away she was doing. GO with it, girl. Don't fight the feeling anymore. You've forgotten what you started fighting foooooorrr. And so on. Even the minute details, like how fabulous she was with her illiterate coworker and how she allowed herself to be a guinea pig for recipes (even if there are 1/2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper involved.)

And JOHNAFTER. I don't even know what else to say about this man except if the entire police force could take a page from his book, the world would be a better place. And donut shop employees wouldn't know what to do with themselves.

I have said it before, and I'll say it again: Jennifer Echols has masterful skills in sexual tension. She must've taken classes on the matter. Perhaps she's obtained a Ph.D. I don't know. But whatever it is, she needs to keep doing it. And maybe consider selling those misty spray bottles with fans attached to them with her books as a package deal.

My heart is full and I'm fanning myself just a bit. This book has made me so happy.

Buy Going Too Far


  1. bahaha, I agree, Jennifer Echols is the master of sexual tension :p This is my favorite of her books as well :)

  2. I was sold with the phrase "police academy" and will be reading this summer. Boom. Done.

  3. Going Too Far was the first JE book I read, and I was instantly hooked. She IS the master of sexual tension for sure. I remember sneaking that book under my desk at work. I couldn't STOP reading it. I tend to like JE's dramas more than her romantic comedies. Do you feel that way? (Although I do have Endless Summer to read and I know a ton of people love that book so we'll see if I stand by that when I'm finished.)

  4. I cannot get enough of JOHNAFTER. And yes, the name should definitely be smushed into one. So glad you were a fan of this one!

    PS - her new book SUCH A RUSH is freaking amazing. I highly recommend.

  5. Jen. JEN. This is one of my FAVORITE BOOKS EVER. I did not know you hadn't read it or I would have been harassing you. So much Johnafter love!

  6. What is a Johnafter? Is that for real? Or is this a Jen-ism? That sounds like a name someone around these here parts would have FOR REAL.

    This book, really? I don't like the cover, so I've never even considered it. Tweet me and let me know it's importance in my life. Should I marry this book?

  7. You've convinced me to read this book! I don't think I've really read anything by Jennifer Echols but I have to rectify it. It sounds so good!

  8. Hey Jen, I found your blog via Magan from RatherBeReading ;)

    I am so glad you loved this book, it's my favourite of Jennifer's books and one of my fave books ever! I love Johnafter <3

  9. I read this right when I needed a pick me up and BOY, DID THIS BOOK WORK. I effing LOOOOOOOVED Going Too Far. I think you know this. But if not, I LOOOOVE this book. Do you understand? I loo -

    You get the idea.

    JOHN FREAKING-SEXY AFTER. I adored him, I lusted after him, I swooned by him. He was... just amazing and a total highlight of the book.


  10. YES!! Going Too Far is my FAVORITE Echols by a mile. JOHNAFTER is HOT. HOTTTTTT! Love him and his smoldery uptightness. Also, basically everything else about him. And I can't even talk about how irrationally excited I got when Meg kept mentioning his big hands. I mean, he's fictional, right? SIGH. This was the first Echols I ever read and it made me a fan FO LIFE! You know what else is awesome? You could reread this book again in a couple months or a year and it's just as swoony and fantastic. It doesn't lose any of its tingliness. Huzzah for hot, tortured cops!

  11. I am an older adult reading teen novels because they seem so well-crafted and the stories are relatable. This is one of the best books I read all year.

    Zaira Lynn (Divorce Lawyer)

  12. This book was HOT! The chemistry and banter between Meg and John (Officer After) could keep me reading for probably a 1,000 pages. It was an absolute pleasure to read I couldn't get enough of it.

    Irene (Plumbing Puyallup)