Harlequin Teen, 2012
5 out of 5.
This book proves that you don’t need to add paranormal (not that i don’t love a good paranormal) to romance for it to be EPIC.
I loved this book. I was captured from the first page and couldn’t put it down. It is a must read for lovers of YA romance, especially YA contemporary romance.
This book is told from two perspectives, that of Noah’s and that of Echo’s, alternating between the two with each new chapter. It made it much more personal, more intimate then if it had been written in third person.
Echo can’t remember the night that changed her life, but she carries the scars on her arms, hiding them, and herself, from the world. All she wants is to remember.
Noah is just trying to survive foster care after the loss of his parents. He is trying to finish school and keep his job so when he graduates he can get custody of his brothers who are currently living with a separate family.
Both have to see Mrs. Collins, the new clinical social worker.
Mrs. Collins pays Echo to tutor Noah. They are thrown together and their lives are forever changed because of it.
Echo thinks she is too broken for anyone to love. Noah is a one nighter guy all the way, but Echo gets under his skin and he can’t get her out of his head.
They fall slowly in love. No one wants them together, and they don’t even know if two half people can work. There are so many things standing in these two way, externally and internally, but there’s only one way to find out if love can beat them all.
This book was so beautiful. So powerful. It was sad, and romantic, and hopeful. It was truly an Epic love story.
Both Echo and Noah were weak in one way or the other, they let people and things hold them back, but they grew and they changed and they became stronger, and they learned, together and as individuals.
They were strong characters with loud personalities and so realistic that you just can’t stop reading them. They had a perfect, beautiful, chemistry.
Noah was easy to fall in love with. He was the perfect book boy, and will have many readers drooling over him.
Echo and Noah’s story isn’t just about love, it’s about life, and living and prevailing against all odds. It was deep.
It is a story that should be read.