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“Because growing up means making tough choices, and doing the right thing doesn’t necessarily mean doing the thing that feels good.” 

Back of the book blurb:

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.
 But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common.
 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.

Publication Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9780373210862

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A message from the cosmos:

 My rating:

SO MANY FEELINGS. First, why does Katie McGarry think it’s okay to make me cry ALL THE DAMN TIME? HUH?! WHY?! It’s not fair. I cried during Nowhere But Here and now here she is again, making me sob for Echo and Noah. That is SO RUDE.

Also, just so you know, the book descriptions do not do her books justice. You always get SO MUCH MORE than what you’re expecting. I did not think this book would be as beautiful, dark, or amazing as it was. I was most pleasantly surprised. There’s something so deep and inviting about her characters that you instantly sympathize with them and want the best for them and, ultimately, fall in love with them.

Noah and Echo are such beautifully sculpted characters and you fall in love with them individually as well as them as a couple, which isn’t always the case. Sometimes you only love characters when they’re with a certain person but not by themselves. Like I said earlier, McGarry is a great character developer.

I really enjoyed Echo. The “damaged” characters are always the most fun to read about because they know they can survive. They know what it’s like to be hurt and how to make it out alive. And that’s just beautiful. It’s what Echo encompassed. And survive, she sure did. She also found her true love, which is an extra special bonus!

Noah was really fun to read about, too, even if he irritated me when it came to his brothers. I guess I can’t relate to being THAT protective over somebody that I’d second-guess everyone’s intentions about them and rip them from what seems like a good thing just so I KNOW that they’re safe 24/7. Eventually, though, he wised up and realized that what his brothers had was too good for him to match. I’m glad he did, too, because it could’ve been a disaster.

The plot in this book was just incredible. Again, the book description paints it as some light read when in reality it’s a hell of a lot darker than most YA. (Or is this considered NA?) Either way, it’s pretty dark. But that just made their romance so much sweeter because it pulled them out of the darkness and made it go away. There’s something so vulnerable and raw and amazing about two lovers saving each other… in a healthy way. (I only say that because of Beautiful Disaster and their toxic relationship.) Two lovers who build each other up. That’s what I love to read.

I’m so excited to read Beth’s story in Dare You To. I haven’t ordered it yet, but as soon as I get paid, I will. I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to finally read Katie McGarry. She hooked me with Nowhere But Here. And speaking of that, when the fuck does the next book come out? Anyone know?

Happy Reading!

The Cosmic Reader

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