Echoes Between Us
Echoes Between Us is bestselling author Katie McGarry’s breakout teen contemporary novel about a girl with everything to lose and the boy who will do anything to save her.Veronica sees ghosts. More specifically, her mother's ghost. The afterimages of blinding migraines caused by the brain tumor that keeps her on the fringes and consumes her whole life haunt her, even as she wonders if it's something more...Golden boy Sawyer is handsome and popular, a state champion swimmer, but his adrenaline addiction draws him to Veronica.A girl with nothing to live for and a boy with everything to lose--can they conquer their demons together?At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Echoes Between Us Details

TitleEchoes Between Us
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 14th, 2020
PublisherTor Teen
ISBN-139781250196040
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Echoes Between Us Review

  • Cassie
    January 1, 1970
    This book will forever hold a special place in my heart and I’m so blessed to have read this early, but to also just read it in general. This story follows our two main characters as they both struggle with a lot of obstacles in their life. Veronica, or V, has a brain tumor, which causes her terrible migraines. She also sees her mom’s ghost, because her mom died from her own brain tumor. Veronica is also really close with her dad, which is something that I related to and loved seeing their This book will forever hold a special place in my heart and I’m so blessed to have read this early, but to also just read it in general. This story follows our two main characters as they both struggle with a lot of obstacles in their life. Veronica, or V, has a brain tumor, which causes her terrible migraines. She also sees her mom’s ghost, because her mom died from her own brain tumor. Veronica is also really close with her dad, which is something that I related to and loved seeing their relationship be that of a close one. She’s fearless and courageous. She always lived life to the fullest and didn’t care what others thought of her. And trust me, she gets picked on quite a bit in the beginning. People are cruel, but that didn’t stop V from being her true self, which I loved so much. And then we have Sawyer. And let me tell you, my heart bleeds for this boy. Seriously, I related to him so much and I just can’t stop loving him. He’s an adrenaline junkie. (which isn’t what I related to) He dives off cliffs, which he knows is dangerous, but he’s an addict and can’t stop. He has a little sister whom he absolutely adores and will do anything to protect her. Their mom is.... I’m gonna be honest, she’s fucking terrible. I wanted to reach into the book and smack her so many times. She’s an alcoholic and doesn’t seem to care about her kids. Their dad isn’t really around, seeing as Sawyer’s parents divorced and the dad basically said to not come live with him because the mother needed him more than the dad did. Sawyer tries to come off as this bad boy who doesn’t care about anyone and only wants to be popular, but let me tell you, this boy is one whole ass soft cupcake. He cares deeply and loves with his whole heart and soul. He deals with so much but always tries to be the stronger person, especially for his sister. I just loved Sawyer so much, my heart is gonna BURST with love for him okay wjdjskksawAlso, I didn’t care for some of the friendships in this book but let me tell you something, they go through some shit and end up becoming the best of friends in the end and it was simply beautiful. Their character development was one of my favorites and I really loved how they all came together in the end and set aside their differences and just cared for one another so much. It was one of my favorite things about this story. Okay, so, anytime a story has any one of these these three things, I’m instantly sold on it. 1. Ghosts 2. Strong sibling/father relationships 3. Alcoholic momAnd this book has all three. I’ve always loved ghost stories and just anything to do with the paranormal world in general. I used to want to be a ghost hunter growing up. I still think it would be cool to explore that kind of job, but perhaps someday. I’m a huge believer in ghosts so I always love it when a story has something to do with them. I have two sisters, one I’m close with but don’t talk to much or see ever since she lives in a different state as me. And the other I still don’t get to talk to much or see because she’s just so busy with life, but we are very, very close. The few times I do get to see or talk to her are definitely moments I cherish. She’s my best friend and I love her to pieces. And as I stated before, I’m very close with my dad. He, too, is my best friend. So, the alcohol part. Without getting too deep, I used to be severely attached to my mom. I’m talking I couldn’t sleep in the room next to hers without literally sleep walking in the middle of the night to be with her. She was my best friend and my absolute world when I was growing up. And then when I was about 16/17, I started realizing the kind of person she truly was. My mom has struggled with alcohol for over 30 years. She’ll deny it left and right and says she doesn’t have a problem, but she does and it tore our family apart. So, when there is a story with a character that has an alcoholic parent, I immediately connect with that character and feel their pain. Which is why I fell so damn hard for Sawyer. Veronica and Sawyer’s relationship tore me up, like their love is so precious and pure. They would do anything for each other, and it really shows in this story. I was relaxing in the bath and just sobbed the entire time over this book. Between rooting for Sawyer and Veronica the whole time, and Sawyer dealing with his mom and her addictions, I just couldn’t help but fall so deeply in love with this book. So, yeah. I hope you pick this book up when it releases and you end up loving it as much as I did. It’s an emotional roller coaster, but it’s also filled with so much hope and leaves you feeling good at the end. Also, I encourage you to read the authors note at the end. I did and learned something really cool about this book. Trigger warnings for: loss of a loved one, brain tumor, alcoholic parent, bullyingMany thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a digital ARC!
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/ 5 starsEchoes Between Us is a standalone Young Adult contemporary novel.This book is contemporary. It has romance. It also has a paranormal aspect (view spoiler)[ghosts and ghost hunting (hide spoiler)].I have read and enjoyed previous books by this author. So I was very excited when I saw that she had a new book coming out.The book alternates between the male and female POV of two high school seniors (Veronica and Sawyer). At the beginning of Sawyer's chapters we have snippets of a diary 3.5/ 5 starsEchoes Between Us is a standalone Young Adult contemporary novel.This book is contemporary. It has romance. It also has a paranormal aspect (view spoiler)[ghosts and ghost hunting (hide spoiler)].I have read and enjoyed previous books by this author. So I was very excited when I saw that she had a new book coming out.The book alternates between the male and female POV of two high school seniors (Veronica and Sawyer). At the beginning of Sawyer's chapters we have snippets of a diary from the early 1900s (Evelyn had TB and was in a hospital).Veronica and her dad live on the second and third floors of a huge Victorian house. They rent out the first floor.Both Veronica and Sawyer have secrets. And these play a big part in the story.I liked both Veronica and Sawyer. The book was interesting. But I just didn't feel overly invested in the story.The book was much more serious than I was expecting. The book deals difficult issues like addiction and health issues.There were definitely things to like. I really enjoyed Sawyer's little sister. I also found both Veronica and Sawyer's relationships with their parents fascinating. I liked their senior projects. And I was somewhat intrigued by each of their issues/secrets. And I absolutely loved how Veronica celebrated all the major holidays.Veronica was such an interesting character. She suffered from horrible headaches. And this really had such a big impact on her life.The book also had some scary aspects. There were some eerie and creepy scenes that have to do with the house and the group project.Overall, there was a lot to this book. I did like it. But I feel like I should have felt more for the characters.I was not sure how the book was going to end. It actually did not end how I was expecting it to end. But it was a solid/satisfying ending to the book.*Some of the characters from Only a Breath Apart appear in this book.Thanks to edelweiss and Tor Teen for allowing me to read this book.
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  • Renee (The B-Roll)
    January 1, 1970
    Literally, as soon as I saw a synopsis for this book on BookishFirst I knew that I had to read this one either early or when it comes out (Jan 2020). I fell head over heels in love with the setting (my lovely home state of Kentucky!), the overarching storyline, and the apparent sweet romance that blooms between enemies/unlikely friends. Not to mention, the cover art for this book is gorgeous and just kept pulling me in.This book is set in a small town in Kentucky somewhere near Lexington and Literally, as soon as I saw a synopsis for this book on BookishFirst I knew that I had to read this one either early or when it comes out (Jan 2020).  I fell head over heels in love with the setting (my lovely home state of Kentucky!), the overarching storyline, and the apparent sweet romance that blooms between enemies/unlikely friends.  Not to mention, the cover art for this book is gorgeous and just kept pulling me in.This book is set in a small town in Kentucky somewhere near Lexington and Louisville.  It tells the story of Veronica, an enigmatic 17-year old who suffers from horrific migraines as a result of a small malignant brain tumor.  She isn't too phased when the high school golden boy Sawyer, and his family move into the downstairs apartment of their rambling old house in the historic district, even though his friends regularly make fun of and gossip about Veroicnia for being weird.  Veronica finds herself in a predicament when she is left without a group to complete her senior thesis project and through a series of events convinces Sawyer into being the rest of her group in order to complete her dream project on proving that ghosts exist.  Over time, the two grow closer.  When things begin to take a turn for the worse in regards to Veronica's health, the story deepens.I cannot say enough how much I loved this story and how enveloped in it I was, and still am now that it's over!  There was so much for me to love and I honestly have few to no complaints.  While the story itself seems a bit simple upfront, there are actually a lot of different topics folded into this story.  I love how complex it and the characters are.  In this story, you encounter teen romance, young love, alcohol addiction, addiction in general, medical drug use, child abandonment, dyslexia, divorce, environmental pollution, blended families, rural setting, outcast characters, terminal illness, truck driving, the swim team, high school drama, folklore and legends of Kentucky, suicide, ghost hunting, historic tuberculosis sanatoriums, historic documents as primary research, psychics, off the grid living, and college life.  But seriously, I am probably missing some other subjects from this list.First, I love the enemies of lover story and just how sweet the romance between the two is.  I love that Sawyer is a really soft guy who loves his sister and takes care of her while trying to keep his life straight, make money at a side job, attend AA meetings for his addiction to dangerous high jumping. and keep his grades just high enough to keep swimming.  I also loved that Veronica is a beaming and strong personality that is set on living her life for herself because she seems to understand that you never know when it will end.  Watching the connection between these two grow and bloom into something even larger was so special and I really enjoyed that part of the story.  They make me want to read more romance.I enjoyed how well-written all the characters in this story are, and there are plenty of them.  Because there are so many that play huge parts in this story, I expected some of them to not be as fleshed out but that is the opposite!  While you don't get to spend much time with Veronica's friends Scarlett, Jesse, Leo, and Nazareth, each of these characters are so well developed that you actually can get a sense of who they are especially in regards to Veronica.  The same is the case for other secondary characters like Veronica's Dad, Sawyer's Mom, Glory, and Nazareth's Mom.While the love story is very sweet and the ending is satisfactory, I also got a kick out of the storyline related to ghosts and hauntings.  That entire plotline felt so well developed; obviously, McGarry did her research and wanted to make these parts as sound as possible.  I love the attention to detail and how these things were taken as scary or creepy but just as natural parts of life here.  The revelation about ghosts and hauntings at the end of this book really got me and struck something in me.  McGarry's take on these sorts of phenomena, and the idea that perhaps all the negative gets left behind once someone dies and that we can have haunted lives without physical ghosts and eerie presences really struck something at my core.  I love those deeper ideas and how they meshed so well into this story.  It's not every day that you read a YA contemporary romance and can take away some larger concepts about life and death that stick with you.          And as a small note, I LOVED McGarry's hidden or veiled comments on environmental pollution and the effects of dangerous environments created by large companies.  Both Veronica's and her mother's brain tumors were the results of environmental degradation by a large company in a city they lived in previously.  I am glad that McGarry added this element into this story; it gives a starting place for young readers (and adult readers!) to think about pollution and its effects on our bodies, and perhaps a story that readers can connect something this disastrous with.  Thank you McGarry for adding this in and creating a space for contemplation and discussion.The last little thing I want to mention is McGarry's use of a historic diary from a Tuberculosis patient back in the early 1900s.  It is so AMAZING that she figured out a way to work a primary source into this story but then directly used it for the beginning of Sawyer's chapters.  I love this; it is brilliant!  Thank you, McGarry, for creating a space where historical research and using primary sources is beneficial, beautiful, and fun.  Great job on this and hopefully it will make others interested in history!  Overall, a fantastic book.  I basically read it in a day, even though I marked it as two on Goodreads.  I really don't have any huge complaints; there were a few places where the language read strange, but nothing huge jumped out.  McGarry obviously knows how to write a good story and keep the reader hooked with what is going to happen.  I applaud her use of a strong female character (who is a little weird) because she is someone who many others could relate to in some aspect or characteristic.  I truly loved this book and can't wait for it to come out in January 2020 because I think it will end up on some big lists!  Thank you BookishFirst for the ARC copy; I am so grateful!
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  • Dee/ bookworm
    January 1, 1970
    Publisher synopsis: Echoes Between Us is bestselling author Katie McGarry’s breakout teen contemporary novel about a girl with everything to lose and the boy who will do anything to save her.Veronica sees ghosts. More specifically, her mother's ghost. The afterimages of blinding migraines caused by the brain tumor that keeps her on the fringes and consumes her whole life haunt her, even as she wonders if it's something more...Golden boy Sawyer is handsome and popular, a state champion swimmer, Publisher synopsis: Echoes Between Us is bestselling author Katie McGarry’s breakout teen contemporary novel about a girl with everything to lose and the boy who will do anything to save her.Veronica sees ghosts. More specifically, her mother's ghost. The afterimages of blinding migraines caused by the brain tumor that keeps her on the fringes and consumes her whole life haunt her, even as she wonders if it's something more...Golden boy Sawyer is handsome and popular, a state champion swimmer, but his adrenaline addiction draws him to Veronica.A girl with nothing to live for and a boy with everything to lose--can they conquer their demons together?I love how everything in this book takes on a different meaning after you have read it. Like the rest of McGarry's books this one is wonderful , but it is deeper. You can read it several times and it is still not clear if anything was ever truly verified or validated. You can piece together things that prove and disprove but the beauty of the story is indisputable. I would say this book is one of McGarry's best and I have a library of her work that I re read several times a year.Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan-Tom Doherty Associates for the privilege of received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. The ideas and comments are my own.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog!Thank you to Tor Teen for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.This story is everything! Veronica and Sawyer may be totally different people, but the unfolding of their connection shows just how much we are all the same inside. If that's not enough, they also find this incredible way to support and see the true versions of each other everyone else misses. It's an incredible book that I know is going to stick with me a long My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog!Thank you to Tor Teen for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.This story is everything! Veronica and Sawyer may be totally different people, but the unfolding of their connection shows just how much we are all the same inside. If that's not enough, they also find this incredible way to support and see the true versions of each other everyone else misses. It's an incredible book that I know is going to stick with me a long time. 
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come!
  • Joanna Bennett
    January 1, 1970
    This was a very interesting book. It was also cool seeing parts be from Louisville, KY where I live near.Full Review to Come.
  • Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
    January 1, 1970
    TITLE: ECHOES BETWEEN USAUTHOR: Katie McGarryRELEASE DATE: January 14, 2020GENRE: YA RomanceTHEMES & TROPES: Alcoholism, Addiction, Illness RATING: 5 StarsCLIFFHANGER: NoWhat a pleasant surprise this story turned out to be! And so unlike any other I've read recently! This story took twists and turns I didn't see coming and had my head spinning. I'm new to Katie McGarry's books but now I'm eager to read more!At first glance Sawyer is the typical popular guy in school. Good-looking, TITLE: ECHOES BETWEEN USAUTHOR: Katie McGarryRELEASE DATE: January 14, 2020GENRE: YA RomanceTHEMES & TROPES: Alcoholism, Addiction, Illness RATING: 5 StarsCLIFFHANGER: NoWhat a pleasant surprise this story turned out to be! And so unlike any other I've read recently! This story took twists and turns I didn't see coming and had my head spinning. I'm new to Katie McGarry's books but now I'm eager to read more!At first glance Sawyer is the typical popular guy in school. Good-looking, athletic, with lots of friends. Looking closer though, he struggles with his dyslexia and his family life and nobody sees it. His coping mechanisms are dangerous but he's addicted to the adrenaline rush so he keeps doing it. Until he gets to know fellow student Veronica whose zest for life and indifference towards their school mates' attempts at bullying captivates him. Joy. Veronica is life and joy. While Sawyer is the most unlikely partner for Veronica to work on a school project they get into an easy groove. What started as a partnership out of necessity soon turns into friendship and mutual respect. It was easy to see why they fell in love with each other. Sawyer is a sweet, troubled guy who loves his little sister to the moon and back and he has a warmth to him that I found immensely endearing. But his everyday life is tough - his parents are divorced and his mother is an alcoholic and leaves adulting to her barely grown-up son. Sawyer's mother was awful and made me ragey, I wanted to shake some sense into her.I routed so hard for Sawyer, what a wonderful young man who developed so much strength and experienced so much growth from the beginning of the story to the truly beautiful end. And the love he had for Veronica was as extraordinary as it was deep. pure and mature. "Someone once told me loving you requires sacrifice. They’re right. I want to be with you, you want to be with me, but giving in now to be happy just for a few months isn’t enough. I want more, and I want you to want more, too.” If your life can literally end the next day you don't care about about other people's opinion if they are strangers to you. Veronica's brain tumor is a well kept secret and the poise and grace which she lives her life with is inspiring. She's fierce, outspoken, loyal and brave and resilient. And maybe a little bit in denial. But she never gives an inch and always stands her ground and true to herself. Veronica is the kind of character you won't forget easily - I loved her courageous, a little quirky nature and I admired how she stared death in the face. I adored her relationship with her dad which was based on trust and love.ECHOES BETWEEN US is an unusual story in beautiful prose about two young people who bring out the best in each other and complement one another perfectly. Even as an adult there is a lot to learn and take away from these characters and this truly unique book. Katie McGarry is one of those authors everyone recommends when it comes to YA Romance. Now I get it. "There’s only been one time in my life when I’ve ever felt like me and not a shadow of the person I thought people needed me to be and that is with you.”
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  • Slyth
    January 1, 1970
    Veronica, who also goes by V, is the MC we follow as she enters her senior year of high school. Though she does not imagine much after that because she has a brain tumor, like her mother did. Her mother's spirit is still present at their home, which comforts Veronica. Her father Ulysses is unaware of her spirit: so Veronica bases her senior thesis on proving spirits/ghosts exists so when she passes, her dad will be able to see both her and her mother and know he's not alone.Then there's Sawyer: Veronica, who also goes by V, is the MC we follow as she enters her senior year of high school. Though she does not imagine much after that because she has a brain tumor, like her mother did. Her mother's spirit is still present at their home, which comforts Veronica. Her father Ulysses is unaware of her spirit: so Veronica bases her senior thesis on proving spirits/ghosts exists so when she passes, her dad will be able to see both her and her mother and know he's not alone.Then there's Sawyer: the cool kid/athlete at school. He, his mom and sister while waiting for their new home to be built move into the bottom level of Veronica and her dad's home. They are not allowed to go upstairs, bothering Veronica and they only reason they got it at a cheap price is because it's haunted. Unfortunately, Sawyer isn't a believer of ghosts, not even when they affect his sister.Veronica blackmails Sawyer to be her partner on their senior thesis that transforms into a life changing experience. Discovering the secrets they carry mean more than they could imagine and would rather believe ghosts exists than the reality they refuse to accept.
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  • Danielle Hammelef
    January 1, 1970
    I knew I needed to read this book as soon as I read the sneak peak. I had a hard time putting this book down from page one as this author had me believing in the world she created and made me fall in love with Veronica and Sawyer immediately (I even gave up sleep for just one more chapter too often). The characters all jumped off the page and I felt as if I was watching everything happen before my own eyes. The writing is both lyrical and concrete.The emotional pulls inside this book are I knew I needed to read this book as soon as I read the sneak peak. I had a hard time putting this book down from page one as this author had me believing in the world she created and made me fall in love with Veronica and Sawyer immediately (I even gave up sleep for just one more chapter too often). The characters all jumped off the page and I felt as if I was watching everything happen before my own eyes. The writing is both lyrical and concrete.The emotional pulls inside this book are amazing--I experienced joy, fear, anger, anticipation, disappointment, and even falling in love as I read. The author surprised me often which I always enjoy and made me question the existence of spirits and ghosts. She also made me think about death and what comes after and I enjoyed the discussions of heaven, God, and free will. This book is one I both couldn't wait to finish, yet didn't want to say goodbye at the same time.
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  • Jeana
    January 1, 1970
    This books starts off interesting right away. The main character is likable and I want to find out why she is there to die. I also like how the atmosphere is set. It's a good combination of creepy and cozy. There is a part in the book, "It’s early evening, not quite nightfall, and the sky surrounding us is full of pinks and the dark blue of evening," The visualization is stunning and perfect for a cozy fall read. The mystery behind it and the instant connection to the character draw me in and This books starts off interesting right away. The main character is likable and I want to find out why she is there to die. I also like how the atmosphere is set. It's a good combination of creepy and cozy. There is a part in the book, "It’s early evening, not quite nightfall, and the sky surrounding us is full of pinks and the dark blue of evening," The visualization is stunning and perfect for a cozy fall read. The mystery behind it and the instant connection to the character draw me in and immediately want to finish. This one will definitely be on my TBR and one I will recommend. The author is clearly a good writer with a solid plot and some good creepiness mixed with fun. I look forward to reading the rest!
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  • Joanna E.Lopez
    January 1, 1970
    I will be there for you as the world falls down. Sawyer moves into the first floor of Veronica's dad's house with his mother and sister. Sawyer's father has left his mother and gives her a divorce. Sawyer and Veronica go to the same High school however, they run in different social circles. Sawyer is the popular, great-looking jock and Veronica is the "freak" weirdo With own clique of friends. Sawyer and Veronica only speak to each other when Sawyer breaks social circle norms and decides to I will be there for you as the world falls down. Sawyer moves into the first floor of Veronica's dad's house with his mother and sister. Sawyer's father has left his mother and gives her a divorce. Sawyer and Veronica go to the same High school however, they run in different social circles. Sawyer is the popular, great-looking jock and Veronica is the "freak" weirdo With own clique of friends. Sawyer and Veronica only speak to each other when Sawyer breaks social circle norms and decides to partner with Veronica on an AP writing project to prove ghosts exist. This upsets Sawyers's best friend Scarlett and his mother. Who threatens to demand the school make him work with his friends. Sawyer defies his mother and friends and continues to work with Veronica. Sawyer and Veronica get to know each other as well as their secrets. Veronica suffers from blinding migraines and sees the ghost of her mother and Sawyer is an adrenaline junkie who dives down extremely high mountain cliffs for a thrill. I absolutely love this book. It was so touching, heartfelt and funny. It tugs on the heartstrings and makes you cry. (in a good way) Lol. I loved the characters of Sawyer and Veronica as they showed more strength and maturity when they stood up to their friends and their mother. I felt they were the adults and the adults were the children. Lol. Also, you find out who the "Intolerant Monsters" really are. This is the first book I've read by this author and will not be last. I am so excited to have discovered her through BOOKISHFIRST.COM. I look forward to reading g the beginning of this series. I'd like to thank BOOKISHFIRST.COM and the author for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)
    January 1, 1970
    Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.Katie McGarry is one of those authors who I will read whatever she writes. She could write a book about aliens on Mars and I would be all in (Not something I would normally plan to read.). There's a magic to her writing that pulls me in and makes me fall in love. That's exactly what happened with Echoes Between Us. It blew me away.Full RTC to closer to release date.
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    I have long been a fan of this author. I love the small town setting and the references to the state and areas I know. This latest story is a worthy addition to this series. Veronica is living with a life altering condition. Sawyer is the popular jock dealing with demons of his own. These two agree to work on a senior project together and their different worlds collide. As they investigate local hauntings and ghost, to determine if they are real, they end up redefining their pasts and their I have long been a fan of this author. I love the small town setting and the references to the state and areas I know. This latest story is a worthy addition to this series. Veronica is living with a life altering condition. Sawyer is the popular jock dealing with demons of his own. These two agree to work on a senior project together and their different worlds collide. As they investigate local hauntings and ghost, to determine if they are real, they end up redefining their pasts and their future. I love how well researched this story appears to be. Ms. McGarry includes enough factual details that a big chicken like me began to feel uneasy, especially since I recognized some of the places she included. This story also reflects the valuable message that you need to look beyond outward behaviors and rumors before you pass judgement on someone else. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves real world problems surrounded in mystery with hidden kernels of truth throughout! Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Another amazing Katie McGarry - a delicious mix of stomach butterflies from the romance and chills from the ghostly elements. Love it!
  • Christina Marie Reads
    January 1, 1970
    I can't even begin to explain how much I adored this book! This is one of those books that you read time and time and again! It's about a girl, Veronica, who is suffering in almost complete silence from a brain tumor - the same kind that ultimately killed her mother. She lives with her father who she refuses to tell of her worsening symptoms - even though she is urged to by her the ghost of her mother. She has no desire to fight for her life.Then, there's Sawyer, a handsome and popular boy at I can't even begin to explain how much I adored this book! This is one of those books that you read time and time and again! It's about a girl, Veronica, who is suffering in almost complete silence from a brain tumor - the same kind that ultimately killed her mother. She lives with her father who she refuses to tell of her worsening symptoms - even though she is urged to by her the ghost of her mother. She has no desire to fight for her life.Then, there's Sawyer, a handsome and popular boy at school that nobody truly knows. He silently deals with an adrenaline addiction that draws him to Veronica.She makes him feel alive, but she wants to die. He makes her want to live, but he craves a deadly adrenaline rush. Can they save each other?
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    So good! One of my favorite reads of the year !I think this one might be my favorite Katie McGarry book.... and I've read almost all of her stuff!
  • Athena (OneReadingNurse)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you so much to BookishFirst and Tor/Forge Books for my advanced copy of Echoes Between Us by Katie McGarry!I do not read a lot of young adult contemporary because as a 30 something year old, I can never identify with the characters or stories, and I am SO HAPPY to say that this is not the case with this amazing book.First I just want to comment on the location: I originally thought that the book took place in Saranac Lake because of the TB hospital and note up front, but there is a portion Thank you so much to BookishFirst and Tor/Forge Books for my advanced copy of Echoes Between Us by Katie McGarry!I do not read a lot of young adult contemporary because as a 30 something year old, I can never identify with the characters or stories, and I am SO HAPPY to say that this is not the case with this amazing book.First I just want to comment on the location: I originally thought that the book took place in Saranac Lake because of the TB hospital and note up front, but there is a portion of a real diary included in the novel from a patient at the hospital. The book actually takes place somewhere in Kentucky, but I still was jumping at home being mentioned in a book at all.I loved the characters and the lessons they learned. Veronica is dealing with a brain tumor and believes that she is living life to the fullest... or is she just waiting to die? Sawyer is a popular kid who has a whole houseful of his own issues, and the unlikely couple end up empowering each other to confront their fears.The book revolves around a school project that Veronica and Sawyer are doing together, to prove or disprove that ghosts exist. The themes about residual hauntings are absolutely beautiful, concluding that these are caused by emotions and events too powerful to leave the mortal world, and they can haunt a person in their day to day decisions. There may or may not be evidence of other ghosts in the story, but those are part of the fun of reading.It is not a ghost story though, I thought it was shaping up to turn into one but it really isn't, it is SO much more. The book deals with delicate and important themes like depression, alcoholism, enablers, addiction in general, and mortal illness. Poor little Lucy, Sawyer's younger sister, seems to be the wildcard in the story and I just felt so bad for that little girl. The one part that I wasn't quite thrilled with was Sawyer's voice when we first met him, I don't really like cryptic language that usually means a poor attempt at foreshadowing. Stick with him though because it ends up making sense, and he ended up being my favorite of the dual points of view.I think Veronica and Sawyer have a great relationship though and their groups of friends are really, truly good friends, which is shown towards the end of the book. Their dad's are also great characters, V's dad is a big amazing papa bear and I loved him, then Sawyer's dad at the end stepping up and taking care of his kids was a good message as well. I think this is a great book for young adults and teens and even adults to read, as it made me think a lot about some of the aforementioned themes.I would totally recommend this book to ANYONE, which is rare for me. It publishes January 14th so check it out if it sounds up your alley!
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  • Aubrey Warnick
    January 1, 1970
    Echoes between us Review I was super excited for this book, and I wasn’t let down! The overall premise of this book isn’t unique, weird girl and hot popular guy somehow get connected and fall in love. This one had a very unusual twist that pulled me in: ghosts, and not either of the main characters being a ghost (thank god!). It was sold as a paranormal romance, and the paranormal was around the romance instead instead of apart of it, if that makes sense. Win: -sawyer and Veronica. I loved our 2 Echoes between us Review I was super excited for this book, and I wasn’t let down! The overall premise of this book isn’t unique, weird girl and hot popular guy somehow get connected and fall in love. This one had a very unusual twist that pulled me in: ghosts, and not either of the main characters being a ghost (thank god!). It was sold as a paranormal romance, and the paranormal was around the romance instead instead of apart of it, if that makes sense. Win: -sawyer and Veronica. I loved our 2 main characters. It centered around the secrets both of them were keeping -hunting ghosts. YES! I love Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, and anything to do with ghosts/ hauntings and proving their validity, so when that happened, I was super elated! -super cute story with a cute ending. I dont do contemporary, or ya romance all that often, because I prefer fantasy, but I needed this right now, and I loved it. -evelyns diary entries. They were interesting, and I genuinely do love the outlook she had on life. I’m definitely interested in reading her full diary without Sawyers point of view popping in to tie it in. Opportunities -why did Veronica want sawyer for her project so bad? Because he was close and had a car (not buying it) -Leo. What an awful “love triangle” attempt. Leo was a self-centered jerk, and suddenly at the end all is forgiving. Mmk. My big warning on this, there may be some triggering things throughout the novel, and none of the were mentioned before hand. Predatory behavior (mentioned a possibility of it happening), adrenaline junkies, as well as alcoholism. I wish there was some kind of warning beforehand, instead of just in the authors note at the very end. Other than that, this was a super cute novel, and I’m not mad at it. The paranormal was interesting, the TB hospital, the diary entries, and the brain tumor were interesting additions to a very cliche book.
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  • Sabrina
    January 1, 1970
    I'm never disappointed in Katie McGarry's books and this one just proves that statement is even more true. Another fantastic book in her collection. And silly me, didn't realize before that Veronica is our V from Only a Breath Apart. As soon as I saw Jesse's and Scarlett's names it clicked. I was like duh, no wonder she is familiar! And it made me wish I re-read Only a Breath Apart so that I remembered everything about V. But it was okay, because as I read things started clicking. So Veronica I'm never disappointed in Katie McGarry's books and this one just proves that statement is even more true. Another fantastic book in her collection. And silly me, didn't realize before that Veronica is our V from Only a Breath Apart. As soon as I saw Jesse's and Scarlett's names it clicked. I was like duh, no wonder she is familiar! And it made me wish I re-read Only a Breath Apart so that I remembered everything about V. But it was okay, because as I read things started clicking. So Veronica and Sawyer's story, just wow! So many emotions with this one. Lot of difficult topics were tackled in this book and McGarry did it beautifully. Really, really fantastic. With Veronica's brain tumor and feeling like Death wherever she went and Sawyer's adrenaline addiction, you would think that throwing them together would immediately equal disaster. It didn't. And I was glad. I was glad to see that instead of their flaws and issues hurting one another and making a relationship between them impossible, it really had them acknowledging their issues and supporting one another. There wasn't hostility toward one another or throwing their issues in the other's face to harm them. It was, this is what is should be when two people love one another and only want to help the other, even when your own life is collapsing. And those two specific issues were just pieces of many others that are tackled in their stories. I was hooked from the moment I started it. I couldn't put this book down. I wanted to know how they would make it through their story, what their outcome would be, and how would they get there. If you love her other books, this one needs to be on your TBR list. It doesn't disappoint. I loved Veronica and Sawyer's story and like all good books, I'm sad to see it over. I received an ARC for an honest review.
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  • Kim Baccellia
    January 1, 1970
    What worked: Engaging tale of a teen who not only sees, but engages with her dead mother. Veronica, or V, is quirky and pushes people away except a tight group of friends. I really liked Veronica. Even though she might come across as eccentric, there's a vulnerability to her. She's very close to her friend Leo, who ends up moving away to go to college. Her tight circle of friends seem to be dissolving around her during her senior year of high school.Sawyer is that popular kid that seems to have What worked: Engaging tale of a teen who not only sees, but engages with her dead mother. Veronica, or V, is quirky and pushes people away except a tight group of friends. I really liked Veronica. Even though she might come across as eccentric, there's a vulnerability to her. She's very close to her friend Leo, who ends up moving away to go to college. Her tight circle of friends seem to be dissolving around her during her senior year of high school.Sawyer is that popular kid that seems to have people gravitate to him. I really love how the author pulls back that facade and show the 'true' Sawyer. He's one that loves his younger sister and will do anything for her. He also cleans up the messes his alcoholic mother leaves. His mother is that extreme parent that basically takes over their child's life, while ignoring their own.He deals with his anxiety with a dangerous addiction to jumping off high cliffs. He craves the rush it gives him and continues to want to jump even after he breaks his arm.When V and Sawyer come together, after Sawyer's mom rents the first floor of Veronica's house, there's instant chemistry. These two at first seem to be polar opposites. He's the popular jock and she's the quirky teen that hangs with the outsider kids. They work together on an AP English project. Sawyer is skeptical at first as it's on ghosts, then slowly warms up.I also like how the writer shows what the real 'monsters' are in the house. I loved how it didn't end up being the trite cliche. The fears that V feels about following in her mother's footsteps are shown in very realistic passages. Also kuddos on the scene where Sawyer confronts his mother and stands strong.Subtle hints of creepiness mixed with highly engaging writing. For sure one of McGarry's best novels with a sympathetic heroine and hero that readers will be cheering for.
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  • Julie-Ann Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley and Publisher for the ARC! <3I was going back and forth on a rating this book for a while. A part of me just couldn't bear to give it a 4 star because I couldn't stop thinking: Is this REALLY a 4 star book? I suppose it's because I didn't expect this novel to have so many layers to appreciate. In the end I am going to give a strong 3.8/5, for the following reasons:The good: -Quick and entertaining! Echoes between us far exceeds the expectations one would have from just Thank you Netgalley and Publisher for the ARC! <3I was going back and forth on a rating this book for a while. A part of me just couldn't bear to give it a 4 star because I couldn't stop thinking: Is this REALLY a 4 star book? I suppose it's because I didn't expect this novel to have so many layers to appreciate. In the end I am going to give a strong 3.8/5, for the following reasons:The good: -Quick and entertaining! Echoes between us far exceeds the expectations one would have from just reading the blurb. If you are thinking that it will be a depressing terminal illness story and a dash of ghosts, you may be wrong. Yes, Veronica is suffering from a tumor (the same kind that took her mother) but that isn't the solely defining point of her personality. Though she would fully have the right to wallow and grieve, she instead stays positive. -The relationship was very enjoyable. Unexpected romances are always appreciated in my little corner, and the relationship that gets established between Veronica and Sawyer is GOOD. Not riddled with toxicity. It just feels right and well done. The not-so-good: -I didn't really understand just how Sawyer got a reputation as a 'bad boy'. I can see what the author was going for but in all honesty he was a pretty good and respectable guy. -As enjoyable as they were, there was still lots of clichés. - Not as paranormal as I expected. They author still made it work and the subject was present, but be warned that it's not as intense as the blurb would make it seem. All in all, very solid book. I think my patrons will enjoy it.
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  • Leigha
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Read more of my reviews at Shelfleigh.Veronica and Sawyer go on a ghost hunt in this sad, yet hopeful, young adult romance.Katie McGarry is an author I’ve been meaning to check out for a long time. I was in a major reading slump when I saw this title on my feed. With it being Halloween, I thought a ghost story with romance was just what the I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Read more of my reviews at Shelfleigh.Veronica and Sawyer go on a ghost hunt in this sad, yet hopeful, young adult romance.Katie McGarry is an author I’ve been meaning to check out for a long time. I was in a major reading slump when I saw this title on my feed. With it being Halloween, I thought a ghost story with romance was just what the doctor ordered!This story is less about ghosts and more about dealing with traumatic issues. This is a 4 Star Review because it was a quick, easy read when I needed a quick, easy read. However, this book deals with heavy subjects like cancer and alcoholism. I’m immensely glad it pushed me out of my slump, but the subject matter made me really sad while reading it.Sawyer and Veronica are two people dealing with deeply traumatic issues. The two dislike each other intensely until a class project pushes them together. It’s a perfect “enemies-to-lovers” scenario with snappy dialogue and spades of chemistry between the two. I would have liked their romance a lot if their individual issues had been less intense. I will say Veronica’s dad and Sawyer’s sister are the most precious of cupcakes and deserve to be protected at all cost.tl;dr A perfect “friends-to-lovers” story that I struggled to enjoy as the main character’s personal stories were quite sad.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    Captivating and haunting, #EchoesBetweenUs is everything I want in a good read and more ... adventure, mystery, suspense, romance, and a touch of the paranomal! Veronica Sullivan has a secret; one she dare not share with her father for fear he will change his life for her. Veronica hopes that proving the existence of ghosts in her senior thesis will help her dad understand that he will never really be alone. Sawyer Sutherland is the popular guy, but behind his good looks and charm, Sawyer is a Captivating and haunting, #EchoesBetweenUs is everything I want in a good read and more ... adventure, mystery, suspense, romance, and a touch of the paranomal! Veronica Sullivan has a secret; one she dare not share with her father for fear he will change his life for her. Veronica hopes that proving the existence of ghosts in her senior thesis will help her dad understand that he will never really be alone. Sawyer Sutherland is the popular guy, but behind his good looks and charm, Sawyer is a mess. His parents are divorced and his mom drinks constantly which leaves Sawyer to take care of his little sister. Lucy. The burden of responsibility fuels Sawyerʻs adrenaline addiction, one that almost got him killed.As Sawyer is pulled into Veronica's project, he finds himself constantly surprised by the "weird" girl and slowly, almost reluctantly and yet inevitably, falling for her quirkiness and intelligence. But Veronica's staunch belief in ghosts stands between them.Why does Veronica believe in ghosts? What is her big secret? Why does Lucy see monsters at night? Why is Sawyer constantly seeking the next thrill? And, what does a 19th century young woman's diary have to do with the story?!Beautifully told through Veronica and Sawyer's alternating POVs, #EchoesBetweenUs is not just a love story about two souls coming of age amidst painful, life changing issues, but also about the love between children and parents, where sometimes the child becomes the parent.Thank you to #NetGalley and #Macmillan-Tor/Forge for the ARC!
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  • Serenity
    January 1, 1970
    Veronica and Sawyer may be my favorite pair by Katie yet. Veronica is weird. She has a small circle of friends, dresses funny, keeps to herself and thus everyone in school thinks she’s weird and a number of other things. In reality? Veronica is dealing with a medical problem that no one knows about and she wants to keep it that way. She is nothing like what people think. She is smart, funny, kind and the kind of friend you would love to have. Then you get Sawyer, the popular guy according to Veronica and Sawyer may be my favorite pair by Katie yet. Veronica is weird. She has a small circle of friends, dresses funny, keeps to herself and thus everyone in school thinks she’s weird and a number of other things. In reality? Veronica is dealing with a medical problem that no one knows about and she wants to keep it that way. She is nothing like what people think. She is smart, funny, kind and the kind of friend you would love to have. Then you get Sawyer, the popular guy according to everyone. He’s got a good future ahead of him in swim, he’s good looking, has a lot of people always following him. He’s not like that though, he doesn’t see himself as this super popular guy that everyone wants to be around and date. He’s got a secret addiction and is raising his sister and being what he feels like is a parent to his mom. When an English project comes up, Veronica needs a partner and who volunteers but Sawyer. For fun? As a joke? Who knows. But when these two start talking and get to learn about each other, they find that they are not what their reputation states and become friends. But after a short time together, they being to like each other more than just friends. And what was supposed to be something casual turns into a love they never thought they would have. Watching them care for each other and sticking through all that came along, it will pull at you. I loved this book, just as I have loved every book Katie has ever written. Katie has a knack for creating these characters that you can’t help but fall in love with.
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  • bjneary
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan-Tom Doherty Associates and Tor Teen for the advance reader copy, Echoes Between Us by awesome YA romance author, Katie McGarry, in exchange for an honest review. I love the way this story unfolded; cool guy Sawyer and weird Veronica are new neighbors since his mom is renting the first floor of V’s house. But both of their personalities hide enormous pain in their lives; Sawyer’s divorced Mom (along with absentee Dad) have put him in the awful position as Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan-Tom Doherty Associates and Tor Teen for the advance reader copy, Echoes Between Us by awesome YA romance author, Katie McGarry, in exchange for an honest review. I love the way this story unfolded; cool guy Sawyer and weird Veronica are new neighbors since his mom is renting the first floor of V’s house. But both of their personalities hide enormous pain in their lives; Sawyer’s divorced Mom (along with absentee Dad) have put him in the awful position as caretaker for his 6- year-old sister and his mother (she drinks on weekends) but this has caused Sawyer to develop a secret, dangerous addiction. Veronica (V to her friends) believes in ghosts; she sees and talks to her dead mother all the time. I rooted for Sawyer and Veronica! Katie McGarry has written a hard-hitting story about teens with haunting secrets; parents who don’t care (Sawyer) as opposed to a close family relationship with their teen (Veronica), and high school friendships that are fierce to their core; I loved every word in this novel! Both Sawyer and V have friends they totally depend on but these friends do not like seeing the new closeness between V and Sawyer. As they work on a class project together about the existence of ghosts; Sawyer and Veronica open up to one another, becoming very attached. This poignant, mesmerizing, gripping novel reminded me of one of my favorite Katie McGarry novels, Crash Into You, with Isaiah and Rachel, my very special protagonists. I could not stop turning the pages. Katie McGarry is a gifted writer for teens and is totally delivers with real themes, current topics, and contemporary issues they want to read! Highly recommended.
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  • Richelle Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    * I received a review copy from Bookish First and voluntarily provided an honest review* So after reading the blurb I decided to give this book a chance. Not going to lie when I first started reading this book I struggled. I had a hard time connecting to the story. Even though the story is told in Sawyer and Veronica's point of views I felt like they were both the same person and their personality really didn't show at first.Honestly, I thought about dnfing the book but something told me to keep * I received a review copy from Bookish First and voluntarily provided an honest review* So after reading the blurb I decided to give this book a chance. Not going to lie when I first started reading this book I struggled. I had a hard time connecting to the story. Even though the story is told in Sawyer and Veronica's point of views I felt like they were both the same person and their personality really didn't show at first.Honestly, I thought about dnfing the book but something told me to keep reading. I am so happy I stuck with the book because the story took some unexpected turns and I was hooked. My heart broke for Sawyer as I am a child of an alcoholic parent and I remember going to Al-Anon meetings as a child and this took me back to a time in my life that I try to forget. I respected how Sawyer took care of the house and his sister, Lucy. He had a heart of gold and put others first even though he was suffering.Then we have Veronica and everything she was going through and it reminded me of good friend who was in a similar situation. I loved Veronica's approach on life and how she was going to live her life to the fullest and for someone her age she handle herself very well. I would have been a wreck.This was my first time reading anything by this author and it even though it took some time for me to get into the story it was a good read. The plot was unique and I won't forget about Sawyer and Veronica anytime soon!
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I read preview only so here is brief synopsis Veronica, who also goes by V, is the MC we follow as she enters her senior year of high school. Though she does not imagine much after that because she has a brain tumor, like her mother did. Her mother's spirit is still present at their home, which comforts Veronica. Her father Ulysses is unaware of her spirit: so Veronica bases her senior thesis on proving spirits/ghosts exists so when she passes, her dad will be able to see both her and her I read preview only so here is brief synopsis Veronica, who also goes by V, is the MC we follow as she enters her senior year of high school. Though she does not imagine much after that because she has a brain tumor, like her mother did. Her mother's spirit is still present at their home, which comforts Veronica. Her father Ulysses is unaware of her spirit: so Veronica bases her senior thesis on proving spirits/ghosts exists so when she passes, her dad will be able to see both her and her mother and know he's not alone.Sawyer is the cool kid/athlete at school. He, his mom and sister are waiting for their new home to be built move into the bottom level of Veronica and her dad's home. They are not allowed to go upstairs, bothering Veronica and they only reason they got it at a cheap price is because it's haunted. Unfortunately, Sawyer isn't a believer of ghosts, not even when they affect his sister.Veronica blackmails Sawyer to be her partner on their senior thesis that transforms into a life changing experience. Discovering the secrets they carry mean more than they could imagine and would rather believe ghosts exists than the reality they refuse to accept I found what i read interesting and visually stunning writing. Loved the mystery to and l look forward to buying and reading this all. The characters were believable and likable
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    When I first read the synopsis on Bookish First I knew I'd be using my points to get this. One of the main characters, Veronica, suffers from blinding migraines as a result of a brain tumor and as someone who suffers from chronic daily headaches and chronic migraines I had already formed a small kinship. Veronica and Sawyer are two teenagers who should be on the verge of starting their next stage of life...instead Veronica has a brain tumor that seems to be growing and Sawyer is supposed to be When I first read the synopsis on Bookish First I knew I'd be using my points to get this. One of the main characters, Veronica, suffers from blinding migraines as a result of a brain tumor and as someone who suffers from chronic daily headaches and chronic migraines I had already formed a small kinship. Veronica and Sawyer are two teenagers who should be on the verge of starting their next stage of life...instead Veronica has a brain tumor that seems to be growing and Sawyer is supposed to be the golden boy with the golden future but his life is anything but golden. A school project brought them together and set them on a course neither one saw coming at all. This YA contemporary romance was as beautiful as it was sad and haunting ( and not just because Veronica can see ghosts). I found Veronica to be an incredibly brave and beautiful young woman and while her story was sad, Sawyer's broke my whole heart. These two should have been 17 going on 18 not 40. Making decisions that are hard to make as an adult, but it was that maturity that came into play when they both had to make those hard decisions.This book will stick with me for a while and will be one that I recommend fully.
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  • Rhiannon Hart
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so much more than just an angsty teen romance between a ghost hunting girl and a popular boy addicted to adrenaline. ‘Echoes Between Us’ dives into essential topics such as addiction, grief, serious illness, depression, and will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride in a million different directions.I laughed. I cried. I was angry. I fell in love.And just when you think you know what is going to happen next, BAM!! An unpredictable twist or turn knocks you for six.I wasn't This book was so much more than just an angsty teen romance between a ghost hunting girl and a popular boy addicted to adrenaline. ‘Echoes Between Us’ dives into essential topics such as addiction, grief, serious illness, depression, and will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride in a million different directions.I laughed. I cried. I was angry. I fell in love.And just when you think you know what is going to happen next, BAM!! An unpredictable twist or turn knocks you for six.I wasn't expecting there to be multiple scenes that creeped me out. It usually takes a lot to scare me, but for some reason, this book managed to make my blood run cold. It gives off a vibe of afterlife realism. I liked that Veronica and Sawyer appear to be complete opposites, but once they get to know each other the reader and characters realize they are more similar than expected. The fact that their relationship gave off an insta love sort of vibe didn't bother me at all. This novel is YA. Isn't that what being a teenager is all about? Falling in love hard and fast?Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan -Tom Doherty Associates for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. ** 5 STARS **
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