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Parents' Guide to

Echoes Between Us

By Mary Cosola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Teens haunted by more than ghosts in contrived romance.

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This teen romance delivers on some important issues but tries to cover too much ground, losing focus in the process. Echoes Between Us tackles illness, a dead parent, addiction, enabling, parental abandonment, romance, ghosts, bullying, learning disabilities, and ebbing friendships. A diary of a young woman with tuberculosis in the early 1900s is thrown in for good measure. The story ends up feeling contrived, as through it were written by a focus group, picking various plot lines and character types from bestselling YA novels. This might, in fact, appeal to readers who can't get enough of turbulent teen romances.

Author Katie McGarry does a solid job of showing the costs to teens who shoulder too heavy a physical and emotional burden. Victoria feels responsible for her dad's happiness after her mom dies, and Sawyer feels he's forced to care for his sister and his mom. In wanting to keep their family lives stable, both hide important problems from their families. These are common and relatable issues for teens and adults. Showing Victoria and Sawyer seeking help and learning lessons in how to care for themselves is the best part of the book. Unfortunately, the good aspects of the book get buried under the numerous plot lines.

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