Book Review: Echoes Between Us by Katie McGarry (ARC)

Echoes Between Us

Author: Katie McGarry

Publication Date: 14 January 2020

Genre: YA – Contemporary Romance with supernatural elements

Pages: 384

Publisher: Tor Teen

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’ll be honest, I was drawn to this book for two reasons: the gorgeous cover and the ghost story line. Unfortunately, I went into this story thinking that this would be more of a supernatural suspense with a little romance on the side, but what I got was a full blown romance with only sprinkles of ghosts. Now, I am a romance fan, but when you’re expecting ghosts…it was a bit disappointing.

Veronica suffers from debilitating migraines thanks to a benign brain tumor. While her migraines may knock her out at times, she refuses to let them stop her from living. Veronica believes in ghosts, which isn’t surprising since she sees her mother’s ghost daily. With her inner circle of friends moving on after high school, Veronica is all alone as she tries to finish. She plans to power through alone to get to college, but when she’s told she must have a partner for an assignment in AP English, her options seem to only point to Sawyer.

Sawyer is your quintessential popular athlete with looks to kill. On the surface, he has it all. What people don’t see is his controlling mother who has a very unhealthy relationship with wine, the dyslexia that makes the simplest of tasks 1000x harder, and the adrenaline addiction that is quickly consuming him. After Veronica doesn’t tell her dad about his mother’s bounced rent check, Sawyer owes Veronica and decides to work with her even if it means angering his friends and his mother.

This book does a fantastic job of tackling some tough issues like addiction, parental expectations, dyslexia, migraines, loss of a parent, and grief. I appreciated the insight into these topics. That being said, I wasn’t so keen on Veronica and Sawyer’s relationship. Their relationship just felt so over the top most of the time, that I found myself eye rolling more often than not.

Thank you to BookishFirst and Tor Teen for the giveaway win. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

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