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Echo by Kate Morgenroth

Echo (edition 2007)

by Kate Morgenroth

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Authors:Kate Morgenroth
Info:Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (2007), Hardcover, 144 pages
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Tags:GCYRA 2008, mental illness, Merideth, suspense/thriller, TEEN Fiction, meh

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This book I reviewed Echo, was a book about a boy that is currently still in High School and his name is Justin. He hears a voice inside his head that tells him to get up in the morning. This book made me realize that no teenager is perfect, he is going through changes after his bother just recently died. Although Justin is supposed to be on medication for his depression, he quit taking it. The voice inside his head makes him relive his brother's death on a daily basis. His mother is hostile towards her remaining son. ( )
  BrookeFarr | Sep 20, 2012 |
This is a very fast read -- in fact I read it cover to cover in under 40 minutes while waiting for the pharmacy to open -- but definitely not a light one. Some plot devices intrigue me; some just annoy me. In this case, I thought Morgenroth did an excellent job with the whole "echo" thing, and the characterization was very good especially considering how short the book was.

For a different (but just as good) treatment on the same topic, try Freeze Frame by Heidi Ayarbe. ( )
  meggyweg | Jun 19, 2011 |
Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

It's never easy to lose a sibling. When you actually see your younger brother die in front of you, though, it's even worse.

That's what happened when Justin, playing around with his twelve-year-old brother, Mark, saw his brother accidentally shoot himself in the head with their father's gun. For almost a year now, Justin has been plagued by ever-increasing problems. The guilt is horrible, as are the questions that keep running through his mind: Was Mark's death his fault? Did Mark really shoot himself by accident?

Although Justin is supposed to be on medication to help with his depression, he's stopped taking it. There's a voice inside his head that makes him relive his brother's death over and over again on a daily basis. His mother is alternately hostile and nonchalant towards her remaining son. His father doesn't have much to say beyond "don't upset your mother." In this family, guilt is a constant, nagging reminder of what could have been, and what is instead.

Ms. Morgenroth is great at creating realistic situations and characters that pull at the heartstrings. Although you can see this family breaking down inside the pages of ECHO, it's not immediately clear how each family member is dealing with Mark's death -- or, rather, not dealing with it.

I recommend this book for older teens, especially those who have dealt with loss and/or depression. ECHO is a psychological thriller that you won't want to miss. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 10, 2009 |
A year previously, Justin's little brother Mark accidentally shot himself as Justin looked on. A year later, Justin, a social outcast, begins hearing voices in his head. That day, Justin, accidentally shoves a boy down the stairs. Thinking the boy is dead, Justin goes home and attempts suicide. Instead of dying, he wakes up to live the previous day again, a pattern that keeps repeating.

This book was a slog, and at 144 pages, that's saying something. Justin is not likable or sympathetic, and while that may be the point, it makes it hard to care about what happens to him. The twist at the end of the book makes what came before clear, but it's work to get there. (cross-posted from MeriJenBen) ( )
  59Square | Feb 20, 2009 |
Interesting concept, but too repetitive for my liking. I felt like the other students' responses toward Justin were not that well explained and I would have preferred more of a backstory rather than the same day over and over. ( )
  elizardkwik | Jan 19, 2009 |
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How can I know what's going to happen?

But somehow he did know. The feeling was like déjà vu but stronger... and scarier. It told him that without a doubt something was going to happen. And it was going to be bad.

In the year since Justin's younger brother, Mark, died in a horrific accident, Justin's life has unraveled. Justin used to be one of the school's star athletes, but now he's not even on any of the teams. He used to be part of the popular crowd, but now everyone at school treats him like he's a monster. He used to date one of the prettiest girls at school, but now she will barely speak to him. Then, on the anniversary of his brother's death, he gets into a fight with his former best friend, and things spiral out of control — with terrible consequences. But that's not the worst. Now Justin is hearing a voice that's making him relive the day of the accident over and over again.

In this dark thriller, Edgar Award nominee Kate Morgenroth explores the thin line between reality and illusion inside a troubled young mind.

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After Justin witnesses his brother's accidental shooting death, he must live with the repercussions, as the same horrific day seems to happen over and over.

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