Friday, May 15, 2015

Review: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

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Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both. 

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down. 

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

My Thoughts:
So. Many. Emotions!!  I fully expected to love this book since I have loved every book I've read by Katie McGarry.  I don't know how she can pack so much into one phenomenal story.  Her characters are powerfully pragmatic.  They grab your heart & never let go.  Emily & Oz are no exception.   Emily has grown up in a safe sheltered world believing that all the adults in her life have been completely honest about her early childhood.  Oz has grown up idolizing most of the adults in his life & strives to follow in their footsteps.  But dark secrets always have a way of coming to light and things are never left unchanged.  Emily soon discovers what Oz has grown up knowing; that your parents are flawed humans and sometimes their mistakes affect their children more than themselves.  She changes so much that the Emily you know at the end is not the one you started with.  Emily's relationship with Eli really hit home for me and I loved the way it evolved. Oz...beautiful, melt me like butter, Oz.  He matures as well.  Oz realizes he has more than one path to choose from and that even though parents make mistakes they can learn from them & be better as a result.  
This story has some profound messages:
Don't judge by appearances or stereo types.  Parents aren't above making huge mistakes.  Last but not least, the only limit to the amount of love your heart can hold is the one you put on it.   

Recommended for 15 & up.
Strong language, mild to moderate sexual content.

Give yourself a treat & read this book!  In fact, read all Katie McGarry's books.  You won't regret it!

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Read the Pushing the Limits Series!  Just click on that gorgeous pic.


  1. I totally loved this book as well. Great review. I agree that everyone makes mistakes. Parents aren't infallable. The chemistry between Oz and Emily was amazing.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  2. I cannot wait to get it!!! Great review ;)


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