Rating: 3/5 stars.
Going Too Far delineates the story of Meg and Officer John After. Meg, a high school senior, cannot wait to go to college and escape her backwater town as well as her domineering parents. John decided to stay in the city and fight crime – so when he catches Meg on a dangerous bridge drinking alcohol and doing drugs, the two collide in a way that creates romantic chemistry and sexual tension.
Going Too Far was my first MTV book, so I wasn’t sure what to expect besides some scandalous stuff going on. And I hit the nail on the head with that hypothesis – this book is one huge bad girl vs. sexy cop romance story. There was an inundation of descriptions such as “I saw him staring at my chest” or “his huge, sexy muscles”. While physical characterization is okay, I would have preferred something deeper than just how attractive the two protagonists were to each other.
The rest of the book was lukewarm for me. The writing was average, the characters were average, and there wasn’t anything necessarily bad about the book but nothing that made me love it either. It felt like a typical romance novel with a couple of interesting plot twists thrown in.
If you’re looking for a young-adult love story that doesn’t require much thought, Going Too Far may be the book for you. If you’re searching for a more in-depth romance novel, I recommend Gone With the Wind, Forbidden, or Shiver.