Review: Take Me On by Katie McGarry

August 29, 2014 Book 11 ★★★★

Review: Take Me On by Katie McGarryTake Me On by Katie McGarry
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Series: Pushing the Limits #4
Published by Harlequin Teen on 2014-06-01
Source: Borrowed from Library
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Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help. West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her—fighting for her—is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future. Haley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.


Katie McGarry does it again. She successfully wrote a story about two different people who despite their differences find a refuge in each other and fall in love.

West and Hayley are the protagonists. We had already gotten a glimpse of West in Crash Into You, but here he’s a totally different person. We get to see his innermost thoughts and motivations, his true feelings, what makes him tick. We get to feel his despair, his confusion, his heartbreak, and his guilt as strongly as he does. Then with Hayley… we get to see this multidimensional character. She’s a different person all the time. She’s one person with her family, one person with her friends, one person with West, and one person when she’s alone. Which one of them is real? We go through this journey of self-discovery with Hayley, and it’s wonderful to see how her character goes through so many changes and twists and turns.

This book also has a wonderful cast of secondary characters, my favourites being Abby, and Jax. I think this series could basically never end because every book introduces us to more and more characters, each of them so interesting and each of them with a wonderful story to tell.

The romance was just so asdfghjlk.

I loved every second of it. Although they’re attracted to each other right away, their feelings for each other develop really slowly. It was the kind of slow-burn romance that I love.

She’s slowly becoming my everything.

The kickboxing element was definitely very prominent in the book, and I really enjoyed reading more and more about it. It was very well researched and inspired me to try it out sometime! I loved how it played a huge part in this story, and it triggered some major decisions in the book.

Guys guys guys guys. Public Service Announcement: THIS BOOK GIVES ME ALL THE FEELS. I am not kidding. I think this has been one of the only books in this series where I would feel a knot in my chest and my eyes would get blurry. I had to stop reading because the amount of feels was too much to handle for me.

My only complaint with this book is the fact that there were a lot of things going on. There was the fight, then the things going on with West’s family, then Hayley’s family drama, and everything else, was just sometimes too much for me to grasp at once. It may seem like they all “connect” in a way, but it kind of seemed like too much for me. It was overkill.

Overall, a compelling, touching, and romantic story about two very different teens falling in love. It is definitely another great hit in the Pushing the Limits series!

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  • I only read Pushing the Limits and wasn’t a fan, so I never pursued the series . . . but this just sounds so AHHH <3

    I'm glad the secondary characters weren't neglected btw. I hate when books neglect side-characters; it just makes things seem so 2D.

    Sounds like an amazing book. I think maybe I'll check this one out 😀 I don't have to read Crash Into You to understand it, do I?

    • Well the events of Crash Into You are mentioned here but if you don’t mind spoilers or not getting the full picture in some minor aspects, then you’re fine.

  • I’ve only given McGarry’s short ‘Red At Night’ a go and enjoyed it, although it was super-duper cliche! However, I have heard amazing things about this series, but I’m scared I won’t be a fan. I love the fact that she incorporated a sport that’s not usually talked about, because kick-boxing seems really fun! It would definitely motivate me to exercise I reckon haha. Wonderful review Marianne, I’m really glad you enjoyed this one! xx

  • The kickboxing part of this story seems interesting. I’ve never read a book with kickboxing in it so that’ll be a first (because, yes, I will read it ^^.) Awesome review, Marianne! 🙂

  • I gave Pushing the Limits a shot but it wasn’t for me unfortunately. Glad to hear you got all of the feels though, and yay for the kickboxing element! The only kickboxing book I’ve read is Ten Tiny Breaths where Kacee was kick ass. Lovely review Marianne! <3

  • I seriously have to read this series now. I swear, why haven’t I read a Katy Mcgarry novel yet, WHYYYY. Your feels for this book shows so much on your review <3 I love books that makes me feel this kind of emotions. Lol.

    Great review, Marianne! I cannot wait to read it now.

  • Yay! It’s really good to know that this one is just as good as the others, I haven’t been let down by this series yet and it doesn’t sound like I will be. The romance sounds really great and the characters seem really fleshed out!

    • Yes! The only thing is that it could be that you’ll see some characters are similar to others (as in they shate the same traits and whatnot). But it was still really good.