on July 31st 2012
Published by Harlequin Teen Pages: 392
Source: ARC, BEA12
Genres: Contemp, Romance, Teen Angst/Drama, YA
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.Goodreads
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
I immediately fell into LOVE with this story. I loved the mystery surrounding Echo. She was a puzzle missing a major piece. Try as she may she couldn’t force the wrong pieces into place to complete it. You got the vibe from her parents and Mrs.Collins too that something was seriously wrong & they (parents) were totally fine with letting sleeping dogs lie. Echo wasn’t however. One of the things I enjoyed was how brilliantly the author leaves a trail for Echo to slowly regain her memories, and the readers are traveling the same journey with her. I felt more connected to the story and her character that way.
Noah was a good bad boy. He wasn’t a true DB. He was honestly projecting a character others thrust upon him. He shined once he knew you weren’t like all the “others”. The author made an angel in human form when she created Mrs.Collins character. Not every HS guidance counselor is overworked, under paid, and unappreciated.
Getting to know Echo and Noah through alternative perspectives was good for me as the reader. They had equal “air time” in the story. Each of their tales was different, but impacted emotionally just the same. Their feelings for each other grew as they healed as people. I loved that it was a hard relationship. They had to grow as people and love themselves before truly accepting the other. It was tender and beautiful actually. Watching each of them with their families was jarring too. My heart ached for the drama and pain each family had been through. A lot of mistakes were made, but in the end it all works out for the best. Not like you assumed, but it was honestly for the best in Noah’s case. The sacrifices he made showed how much his character grew.
The supporting characters were very important to the progression of the plot and character development. I became invested in them too. I rarely do that to be honest. Sadly I become so wrapped up in the main characters that the supporters are just that-supporters.
I honestly couldn’t point out any flaws in the pacing or writing. Every part of it was a smooth transition from one chapter to the next. The author crafted truly emotional and memorable characters. Her story was emotionally staggering and hopeful. The characters had complex and very likable personalities.
The Winchesters Love Pushing The Limits too!