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    Truly amazing

    I saw this one BookishFirst and thought it sounded really so I was thrilled to be able to read it. Now, I was thinking it would be a ghost story with maybe a little bit of young love, but I was in no way prepared for the emotional journey that these two take but it was so worth it. This story that follows a teenager named Veronica, who suffers from migraines due to a brain tumor. Not only does she have migraines from the tumor but it causes her to see her mother’s ghost. And then the golden boy Sawyer moves in their apartment her father and her rent out, and needless to say, they don’t get along. His friends have always talked horribly about Veronica and made fun of her and even though he never said anything himself, he didn’t stop them either. They do however strike up a friendship when his younger sister starts seeing the ghost as well and Veronica tries to help. And things also start to change between them while they were working on a school project but there is so much more to it when feelings come into play. Veronica is a character that I adore from the start. She knows that she will suffer terribly one day from the tumor, but she still lives her life to the fullest. Always staying true to herself. Never trying to be like the popular kids. She is picked on for being the weird girl but she still doesn’t try to change anything about herself and I loved her for it. She also has a great group of friends who know about her illness and help her whenever she needs them. She also has a wonderful Dad, who loves her so much and spends a lot of time worrying about her. But as for love, she sees no reason for it if she won’t be able to see it through and that just broke me heart. Now Sawyer, is one that I wasn’t sure of at first. I was a little upset with him at the beginning for standing by while his friends mercilessly picked on Veronica. Then there was the fact that he was an adrenaline junkie and does stupid and dangerous things for the high to deal with his problems. I didn’t know a whole lot about the addiction, so I gave him the benefit of the doubt till I knew more about it. His home life pretty much sucked, and he’s expected to be the best of the best in school and on the swim team and there are a few other things he had to deal with too but I won’t give to much more away. And I will say, that over time the more I learned about his home life and what he was dealing with U began to understand why he did the things he did and my heart went out to him. Plus, the way he genuinely loved and cared for his little sister made me become to adore him and just had to root for him to make it through it all. The story is given to us from Veronica and Sawyers point of view and was the perfect way to see the story as a whole and their story covers a lot of things that teenagers deal with. School issues, friendships, first loves, bullying, drinking, home life and illnesses and McGarry did an amazing job handling it all too. while reading my emotions were all over place while reading this and it didn’t let up till the end. I snickered at Veronica and Sawyers interaction, especially their flirting. I felt the eeriness of the ghost aspect that carries throughout and how it played into everything. I cried for Veronica and her illness and the loss of her mother and how it has affected her and what Sawyer was going through as well. Like, I said, my emotions were everywhere but all the while, I wanted these two to find some kind of happiness. I could go on and on about how much loved and adored Veronica and Sawyers story, but I will stop here so I don’t give anymore away, as it was quite journey for these two. Echoes Between Us is such a beautifully written, emotional journey and I couldn’t possibly recommend picking this one up enough! Just have some tissues ready!
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    A Walk to Remember - with ghosts

    Veronica can see ghosts: namely the ghost of her mother but others as well. When Sawyer and his family move in downstairs from her, Veronica enlists him in her senior year project, proving that ghosts really exist. Sawyer reluctantly agrees, he’s strangely drawn to Veronica, even though she’s a social outcast. Echoes Between Us pleasantly surprised me with its sweet story, solid, dynamic characters, and unique issues. While it is primarily a romance, it also tackles some heavy topics such as addiction, alcoholism, cancer, and death. Told in alternating first-person between Sawyer and Veronica, it has an intimate feel and closely explores each’s vulnerabilities. Veronica is whimsical and full of life, despite having a potentially fatal brain tumor. Sawyer is compassionate and loving, spending most of his time taking care of his sister and mother, all while battling his adrenaline junkie compulsions telling him to jump off dangerous cliffs. Echoes Between Us reminded me a bit of A Walk to Remember but with ghosts. It’s an emotional but lovely story, and I thoroughly recommend it to other fans of emotional YA.
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    Hauntingly Beautiful

    Hauntingly beautiful. This book stuck with me even when I put it down, which I tried not to do often. There were moments were I was genuinely creeped out, goosebumps and all, and had to put it down. It not only questioned Sawyers’ belief in ghosts but my own. McGarry is an instant but for me, so when I saw eARCs available for Echos Between Us I immediately snagged one without reading the synopsis. Going back and reading it after I’ve finished the book makes me glad I didn’t because it’s not a subject I typically enjoy. I’m not a supernatural fan and I like my YA contemporaries to be filled with romance rather than ghosts. This was not the case with Veronica and Sawyers story. ➽ Veronica - the weird girl at school. She celebrates holidays at the wrong time of the year, doesn’t fit the typical mode with her loner friends and supposedly eats Girl Scouts for lunch. ➽ Sawyer - Mr. Popular rich boy who has a ton of friends, is the leader of his group and excels at swimming. His life seems perfect from the outside looking it. Sawyer moves into the haunted downstairs apartment of Veronica’s house and she gets to see firsthand just how hard his life really is and the facade he has been putting on. Sawyer also gets an inside look at Veronica’s life and sees just how wrong he was about her and why she lives life the way she does. Soon a tenuous friendship with the promise of something more forms between the two as they work on their senior project: proving the other side exists. A sweet contemporary romance with supernatural elements, Echos Between Us tugs at the heartstrings while also giving you goosebumps. Neither Veronica or Sawyer have it easy, but in drastically different ways. I don’t want to spill too much on Veronica, but I loved how Sawyer’s storyline was handled. He was an adrenaline junky that used dangerous acts of adrenaline to escape his life and responsibilities for a few moments. While there are a ton of self help groups out there available, adrenaline junky help groups like AA isn’t really a thing. AA is though and it was touching to see him taken under another guys wing and show readers how to ask for help. I think that is such an important lesson to take away from this novel. From Veronica I learned to live life to the fullest and the way you want to live it no matter what anyone thinks. The secondary characters in this books were so important. From Veronica’s dad, to her best friends and Sawyer’s sister and mom. Everyone had their own story and we got to learn it. I’m actually hoping we get to revisit this world someday and maybe get endings to Veronica’s friends stories. I fell in love with Nazareth, Jesse, and Leo. I want to know where their stories go from here and how they end. Plus I’d like to check in on Veronica and Sawyer. Echos Between Us was so unique to not only McGarry’s other works but anything else I’ve ever read. For moments I too believed in the supernatural like Veronica, got chills and a tad nervous about not things that go bump in the night. If you’re a non-believer like Sawyer you’ll still enjoy this book and his explanations behind residual hauntings and the spirits left behind that haunt us.
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    Oh the FEELS! I absolutely LOVE this Book!

    I have never read anything by Katie McGarry before, so I was really excited when I won this ARC. I've added some of her books on my TBR and even have 1-2... I think.... but I just never got around to reading any of McGarry's works. Well, that is changing as of right now because after reading Echoes Between Us, I am absolutely in love with her storytelling. Her words are so full of heart,emotion, and everything else in between. I honestly loved everything about this book. I adore the characters. I enjoyed the surprises and twists. I loved the paranormal aspects, the thrill, the suspense, the humor, and even the heartbreak. Everything seemed so real to me and I connected with the characters so much. Sawyer and V will always have a special place in my heart and I am still reeling from all the flutter and aches I felt while reading this beautiful story. I know I'm just rambling now, but if you haven't read any of McGarry's book, then you have to add this on your TBR! I'll write a better review in a few days, but I just wanted to leave this mini review now so you know that I AM UTTERLY IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK and you should DEFINITELY READ THIS!!! Best book I've read so far this year and I have a feeling it's going to be on my Top Ten 2020 Reads.
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    A ghost story unlike any other

    Wow, wow, wow. I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. Despite the fact that Veronica sees her mother's ghost and senses the negative spirits that haunt the first floor of her house, she deals with the same issues that most other teenagers do - an uncertain future, loss of friends, and burgeoning feelings for someone she shouldn't want. Veronica is refreshingly honest, both with herself and others, and has the kind of confidence that most teenagers could only dream of - at least that's what she wants you to think. Sawyer isn't the typical golden boy - he has his own deep-seated issues and heaps of responsibility. He's surprisingly charming and grounded. Although both Veronica and Sawyer could easily fall into some pretty stereotypical YA tropes, the author does a good job of differentiating her characters from others in the genre by giving them complex storylines and struggles that make them feel more real to the reader. And, unlike with many popular YA narratives, it feels like the struggle is mutual. Both Veronica and Sawyer are dealing with life's harsher realities. I was compelled to follow Veronica and Sawyer's journeys as they overcame deadly brain tumors, dangerous addictions, high school gossip, and their differences. I truly enjoyed watching them develop as characters and living life to its fullest. Although some huge obstacles were put in their paths, it never felt like a pity party. Overall, it was a beautiful story that explores the ideas of life after death and coming to terms with the uncertainty of tomorrow.
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