by Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Source: sent by publicist
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Summary from goodreads.com:
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.
I had read so many amazing reviews for this book, that I think my expectations were too high. The book was good, and it dealt with teen issues in a responsible way. I think I was under the impression that it was more of a romance, when while there definitely was a romance, I think the book was more of a teen social issue book. Issue books aren't really my go-to genre, but I think that people who enjoy them will think this book is phenomenal.
The story is told from alternating points of view of Echo and Noah. This made the book really fly by, since the perspective changed with every chapter. Echo was a strong female lead, and I liked it when she would call Noah out on his bad behavior instead of letting it slide. On the other hand, Noah isn't the typical bad boy because he doesn't really fit the Edward Cullen stalking/controlling mold, which is a good thing.
I think it's just a personal preference of whether you like to read about really intense, hard-hitting, and yes, sad issues in your books. The book dealt with the issues very responsibly which is great, so I do recommend it to fans of issue books. However, I personally like a lighter read, so this one wasn't totally for me.
Main Characters: 4/5
Supporting Characters: 4/5
Cover: 5/5 (The cover under the dust jacket is really cool and different!)
Bottom Line: An intense look at two teenagers with a lot of weight on their shoulders, and how they pull through with each other's help.
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