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Book description via Amazon:
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.
This was a very powerful young adult novel. I wish I read it when I was in high school because, though I never went through the same events in this book, I harbored a lot of the same feelings of feeling alone and misunderstood.
Echo was once the popular girl but a tragic event in her past has turned her into an outcast among her friends and she can’t even remember exactly what happened. Her father is an overbearing control freak, she hates her blonde bimbo stepmom, her arms are covered in scars, she just wants to feel normal again. Her new therapist wants to help her remember what happened to her but Echo’s afraid that if she remembers, she might lose her mind. Noah is the school’s hot bad boy with issues of his own. His parents past away a few years ago and all he wants is to gain custody of his little brothers and put his family back together. So he works with the school therapist to get his sh*t back together. He is assigned a tutor and pretends he is interested in going to college. Noah’s tutor ends up being Echo and their worlds collide. They can’t deny the attraction and chemistry between them. They soon realize that they are both damaged and finally have hope that maybe they can fix themselves together.
I loved the chemistry between Noah and Echo. It started out as the typical ‘bad boy wants good girl’ scenario but as we get a glimpse into their minds with the alternating POV, we soon learn that they are both far from typical and I couldn’t help but care about these characters. There was so much angst in this book, it was painful at times. This was a very powerful and emotional read and I wish I read it sooner. I loved it and will definitely read it again.