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.
Okay let’s start with the main characters.
Noah and Echo don’t talk at school. Noah is the typical bad boy and Echo is the former Teen Queen on the verge of reclaiming her former glory. But Noah and Echo have a lot more in common than they realize. They’re both broken. This book is told through both of their view points as they start therapy and their lives start to unravel and they get pushed closer and closer together by their circumstances.
What I love is that there are three realities in this book. McGarry takes into account that there is Noah’s truth, Echo’s truth and then there’s this whole other creature we’ll call What Is Actually Happening. I haven’t seen someone show flawed narration this well in a long time. What McGarry captured perfectly is that disconnect while keeping me plugged in an sympathetic.
By the climax of both Echo and Noah’s stories I was weeping uncontrollably.
This story was so wonderfully constructed and the author did an amazing job in bringing Echo’s mental struggle to life. I was captivated and completely sucked right into her internal breakdown to the point where I actually felt myself struggling for air at times. The alternating perspectives between Echo and Noah flowed flawlessly and allowed for an in-depth understanding of both characters. Noah’s pain and strife reduced me to tears, as did his eventual happiness. As tragic as this story seemed, it was honestly an eye-opening, touching journey to an imperfect, but utterly heartwarming resolve. Simply beautiful!
This was such a sweet and heartbreaking story, with both MCs having some serious problems, but I still loved it.
I am not a fan of angst and drama, and there is both here, but not too much, so I don’t think it’ll be a problem for anyone else