No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.
But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.
Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.
Review: *spoilers in review*
When I found out I was getting this book, I was excited and could not wait to start reading it. I was intrigued by the good girl/bad boy pairing but this book was SO much more than that and it is so worthy of the highest rating. Yes, it’s young adult, but mature young adult. The author did an excellent job of letting the characters be true to their nature, including drug use, profanity, and sexual situations.
The author, Katie McGarry, wrote the story in such a way that you learn more and more about the main characters at the same time that they are learning about themselves. High school is confusing enough, but for Echo and Noah, it’s way more than that. They’ve both been hurt beyond belief. He lost his parents in a fire his sophomore year and she has scars running down the length of both arms with no idea how they got there. The only thing they have in common is a social worker at school who plays such an integral part of this story.
When she pairs Noah and Echo together for tutoring, she’s trying to make sure Noah is keeping his grades up as he wants to get custody of his younger brothers and is also helping Echo make money to fix her dead brother’s car. These two instantly have chemistry but it’s much more than that when they both have such heartbreaking loss and memories in their personal lives.
As the school year continues, Echo fights to regain her memories of how she got her scars, peer pressure to get back with an old boyfriend, and anger at her stepmother who was previously the family nanny. For Noah, the limited visitations with his brothers are painful and his entire world is focused on working to save money and getting them back as soon as he graduates.
How they work through their problems, separately and together, equals four hundred pages of joy, despair, loneliness, and above all, hope. The characters will not leave you once you read the last page and I shed many a tear as I spent their senior year with them. A MUST READ for any mature readers who have had to deal with hardship and loss.