Published by Tor Teen on January 14, 2020
Genres: YA Romance, YA
Tropes: Alcoholism, Addiction, Illness
Source: Netgalley, Tor Teen
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Narrator: Brittany Pressley, Graham Halstead
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?
ECHOES BETWEEN US
by Katie McGarry
What 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.”