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. (GoodReads).
Absurdity: 4. This book is full of cliches (bad boys with sweet sides, former popular girls who no one really understands, domineering dads) but it doesn't matter. For some reason McGarry gets away with it and this book avoids eye-rolls from me.
Originality: 3. Bad boy and good girl? Check. Wrong side of the tracks? Check. Still, its fun to see this story from both sides of views, and Noah esp. makes this book.
Level of Harry Potterness: 4. There are always a surprising amount of meaningful writing about teens who have to make their own way, and while sometimes sad (Noah's brothers got me!) it makes McGarry's books stand out.
Just do it, already! Read these books!