384 pages, Hardback
Received from Publisher
Young Adult Fiction
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.
“Her shoulders never shook. No tears streamed down her face. The worst type of crying wasn't the kind everyone could see--the wailing on street corners, the tearing at clothes. No, the worst kind happened when your soul wept and no matter what you did, there was no way to comfort it. A section withered and became a scar on the part of your soul that survived. For people like me and Echo, our souls contained more scar tissue than life.”
I’m going to do this review a bit differently and answer some questions I purposed after reading this book that I wanted to ponder upon before reviewing.
I had seen so many reviews for this book of a mixed reaction that I wasn’t sure what to expect. When I opened the book and started with the first few pages I was a bit annoyed.
What character did you most connect with?
Echo didn’t immediately come across in a way I could relate to. She was damaged, yes. But she was also being sorta a brat. Then I realized that my aversion to her was that she reminded me too much of myself. She was so angry. When you’ve been devastated sometimes the emotional reaction is anger and this anger is so dangerous to progressing through the stages.
If Noah did one thing for Echo it was helping to dissolve the wall of anger.
Even though I related to Echo, I think I connected with Noah the most. His family is the most important thing to him and he is willing to grow up overnight in order to care for them. He is willing to sacrifice and change and do anything that is right for his brothers.
What did you think of the storyline?
Slow, but so poignant. I think aspects could have been removed for a more streamlined book, but in all it told the story in a way that you feel for the characters. Since characterization is my main focus in reading I didn’t find the slow plot to be that big an issue.
Did the end of the book give you closure?
This is a book I had to get distance from in order to review it as I had so many mixed emotions upon finishing it.
In the end, I think the ending was handled perfectly.
There were aspects that annoyed me, but overall I truly enjoyed this book.
I'm a wife, student, and a dog-lover who reads when I should be folding laundry (bane of my existance), I write (rarely as academic papers consume my life), and love getting wrapped up in fiction.