Alison here ~
Title: Echoes Between Us
Series: Companion novel to Only a Breath Apart
Author: Katie McGarry
Release Date: Jan 14, 2020
Genres: YA Paranormal (verging on horror for chickens like me)/Contemporary Romance
Blurb: choes 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?
This book y’all! Someone should have changed the paranormal to horror for me! I’m a complete and total chicken! I usually really enjoy paranormal, but this actually had me praying I didn’t have nightmares. I was imagining ghosts in every corner of my dreams. And it’s a romance novel!! LOL!
Seriously, I don’t know if it’s Veronica’s situation and her parallels to my own life or if…yeah, I’m probably just a total chicken. Back to the parallels, though. I was diagnosed with an inoperable, benign (for now), brain tumor about 12 years ago. It’s something that has probably always been there, but wasn’t noticed until I had an MRI. I, like Veronica, am supposed to have MRIs yearly to monitor any potential growth. And do you know what one of the main triggers for tumor growth is??? STRESS!!! And how stressful do you think it is having MRIs every 6 months to a year and waiting on those test results? So, about ten years ago I made the decision to stop having the MRIs. Granted if there are any symptoms that pop up, I will go have another MRI done. My migraines are manageable with OTC meds and a clean diet.
I could relate to Veronica intimately. And while I didn’t learn all of this as a teen, I learned it right after giving birth to my third child. You can imagine all the stressers related. But, Veronica’s stuff still went beyond my own experiences and I felt for her in such a big, big way. This book pulled on my heartstrings. But, it wasn’t just Veronica that did that. Sawyer and his heart for his family and friends was a whole wonderful addition. He came with his own set of baggage, and it’s not minor issues he’s dealing with either.
I loved watching the way Sawyer encouraged and supported Veronica. I also really loved the growth that took place in Sawyer on multiple levels. And I enjoyed watching the friendships between Sawyer and his friends, Veronica and her friends, and the mixing of these relationships.
I honestly can’t say how I would have seen this book without my personal experience, but I know that with it, I felt McGarry truly did the topic justice. This won’t be a story I’ll be forgetting any time soon! 5 STARS!