Whitley Johnson’s dream summer with her divorcé dad has turned into a nightmare. She’s just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée’s son? Whitley’s one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin’ great.
Worse, she totally doesn’t fit in with her dad’s perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn’t even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she’s ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn’t “do” friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn’t her stepbrother…at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.
Filled with authenticity and raw emotion, Whitley is Kody Keplinger’s most compelling character to date: a cynical Holden Caulfield-esque girl you will wholly care about. From Goodreads.
Seeing as the book starts off from where Whitley is getting to know that she got wasted enough the night before that she slept with someone was interesting. It was like holy hell, I thought Whitley was very calm even though she could barely remember the whole night at the time.
I felt that the flaws in the characters in the book were really good. I like how Whitley has issues not with just one parent but with both because they honestly don’t notice how much pain she has been in since they divorced. I love how her brother really cares about her but it’s hard for him because of the distance and the fact that he has a baby and wife. I thought her mom needed a wakeup call because she wasn’t helping the situation at all.
I liked how she eventually realized that she was using it as a poor coping mechanism but of course it took something almost to happen to her soon to be stepsister. She had some eye opening moments throughout the summer before her first year of college, which she kinda needed. She was a hot mess before that summer and her dad was also a mess because he treated her like a little sister instead of as her dad. I couldn’t imagine my dad being that way but I know it happens though, especially to the dad’s that are dads way too early and finally taste what life outside of a family would be. This is exactly what happened to her dad in the book.
I loved how she finally got the family that she needed and her first friend since middle school. I felt that she grew throughout the book and I really liked that it was like ALL of a sudden either. It took mistakes and trust to get to where she was in the end.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I can’t wait to read more of Kody’s books, she really is an amazing writer.
“I won’t tell anyone, Echo. I promise.” Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. “You didn’t do that-did you? It was done to you?” No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.
So wrong for each other…and yet so right.
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.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. From Goodreads.
This story was amazing, I had to force myself to put it down or else I would have probably stayed up till the sun came up reading it. I loved how it was told from both perspectives so we knew how Noah and Echo both felt not only about each other but about their situations.
Now this book hasn’t come out yet but it will be out at the end of the month, so I don’t want to give too much away. I loved how no matter how broken Echo was, she was able to eventually learn to love herself and others. I was glad that she had friends like Lila and Natalie, I didn’t like Grace too much because of the public/private thing. Although she did give her some very good advice that did help Echo out when she needed it the most.
Noah has had a completely different life but similar at the same time. He has 2 best friends in Beth and Isaiah, and they are honestly really great characters. Although they have their own issues, I want to know all about their relationship and how it grows but that would be a whole other book. Noah is very loyal to his little brothers and is willing to do almost anything to have them in his life, of course what older sibling wouldn’t want their younger ones when push came to shove?
There were so many parts to this book that I wanted to cry at, because I understood how it felt, to a degree. I know how scared it is to be a younger sister and watch your older brothers go to war; I know how scary it is to lose someone you are close to. This whole story made me rethink everything, as a whole which is what makes this story honestly a great one. I can’t wait to see what else Katie comes out with.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and thank you Netgalley for lending it to me before it came out!