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Author: McGarry, Katie
Publisher: Tor Teen/ Tom Doherty Associates
Year Published: 2020
ISBN: 9781250196040
Grades: Grades 9 to 12

Echoes Between Us

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Award-winning young adult author Kate McGarry draws mature readers into a ghostly world, exploring challenging subjects including death, addiction, divorce and mental health in this companion novel to “Only a Breath Apart.” Told in two voices by intriquing main characters, Veronica, an outspoken quirky misfit, and Sawyer, a compassionate popular athlete, the two join together to produce their senior high project to prove the existence of ghosts. Veronica is dealing with migraines from a brain tumor and talks to the ghost of her dead mother while keeping her life-threatening secrets from her loving father and her group of socially outcast friends. Sawyer, who rents the haunted apartment in her house, has too many responsibilities in his life, looking after his selfish single mother, parenting his fragile young sister and avoiding his absentee father, while coping with a serious adrenaline addiction that makes him take death-defying risks. As they explore the paranormal events in their state, a friendship and mutual respect turns into a deep, pure and mature love relationship with both of them introspective and honest about the burdens they carry, empowering each other to confront their fears. The author weaves together a story with ghosts, faith and scepticism but this hauntingly emotional offering is mainly a love story with emphasis on family, friends and trauma. The supernatural parts reflect the internal battles of a girl with everything to lose and the boy who will do anything to save her.

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