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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
Title: Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1)
Author: Katie McGarry
Release Date: May 26th, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
“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.”

RELATED: Pushing The Limits (Pushing The Limits #1)

My Review

Back in my "I don't read contemporary YA phase" (not that I read MUCH more now) I discovered an author named Katie McGarry and a little book called Pushing the Limits. I feel in love with the characters, fell in love with the story, and fell in love with the writing style. 

There was no question when Nowhere But Here came out whether I was reading it or not.

When the blurb says "Emily likes her life the way it is" what it really means is "girl with deep psychological trauma is dumped into the world of motorcycle clubs and top secret family drama." Add in one young man determined to earn his patch and be accepted as a member of his family's motorcycle club, and you get a story full of love and anger, misunderstanding and acceptance. 

Emily was a fascinating character. 

Right from the start we learn of her fear of dead bodies. So when she ends up facing an open casket alone, surrounded by strangers who should have been kin, things happened and she freaked out. In thirty seconds, I've never been more connected to another character before. 
"She's bad news." (Oz)
"Then she'll fit in, won't she?" (Cyrus, pg 89)
But even in the midst of her panic attack, even when her biological father she doesn't want to know whisks her away from her parents and drops her in the middle of the woods with strangers, she did not break. With the half truths, and obvious omissions from everyone around her, she could have easily slide right into the happy, ignorant bubble they built for her and waited out her prison sentence. 

Yet she doesn't. 

I really loved it when her moments of strength showed, even Oz took a step back and had to applaud the girl for not breaking down.

And when she took charge and got Oz to do her bidding, I was entertained. 

Oz was not what I thought he was going to be. 

I figured I was going to like his character, because hello he's a bad boy character and I love them, but he surprised me by how much I actually adored his character. Oz was loyal to his friends and family, and very protective of those who needed it. As a bad boy figure he certainly had his cocky attitude and swoon factor down pat. But those little hints of who he was if he let his walls down really sold me on him.

The romance in this book isn't insta-attraction so much as it is insta-supernova.

They were really cute together, even when they were fighting. There was no doubt that once these two go on the same side, they would be wonderful for each other. All their bonding moments -the trip to the lake, the late night chats- were not only cute and ship worthy, but they also forced the two of them to take a look at where they are going in life and what it was that they really wanted out of life.

Words To Live By

"The club is a brotherhood, family. It means belonging to something bigger than yourself." (Oz, pg20)

"Sometimes people create a world that gives them power. Sometimes people create a world to find friends with similar interests. To me, motorcycles are a tougher man's sci-fi convention." (Dad/Jeff, pg 164)

"There's no such thing as the truth. There's what people wish would have happened." (Violet, pg 425)


Nowhere But Here was a fun story about falling in love and at the same time an inspiring story about finding oneself. There was never a dull moment as we were shown a world where lies don't always protect, and your initial impression may not always be your final one.

If you love contemporary, especially romance, or are just looking for a great love story, than I highly recommend you pick up Nowhere But Here.


  1. You loved this one much more than me, I thought the book was really great until the third chapter - the whole plot scheming to get Emily to stay was just so confusing and weird :( I liked Oz better than Emily though, & I agree there was no insta love in this novel which I was glad about. <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

    1. I thought for sure everyone in her life was in on the big secret. But looking back, that doesn't seem to be the case. So I can see where you are coming from about the plot to get her to stay. I love the hate at first turned into love story lines. (If done well.) So I found their story fun.

      Thank you for stopping by.


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