Nowhere but Here (Thunder Road Series #1)

Nowhere but Here (Thunder Road Series #1)

by Katie McGarry


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An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible

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 into 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373212095
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 03/29/2016
Series: Thunder Road , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 103,149
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: HL710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website,, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.

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Meeting my biological father at ten Breaking my arm in three spots at nine Falling into a hole and being trapped there overnight with a dead body at eight Other than that, I love my life. While some of my friends are all, "Woe is me, no one understands my traumatized soul," I'm pretty happy. I like happy. I like simple. I like predictable and I hate surprises.

With that said, I'm not particularly thrilled when my father tries to hand me a piece of paper that causes my mother to choke up and excuse herself from the kitchen.

Dad and I continue to stare at one another as we listen to Mom race up the stairs then close the door to their bedroom. Life is out of whack and it's easy to tell. Dirty dishes are piled in the sink. A stack of unopened mail is tossed across the island. A pile of balled tissues creates a mountain on the wooden oval table. The yellow kitchen that seemed cheery this morning is darkened with emotional storm clouds.

The awkward silence between me and Dad has officially stretched into painful. I shift under the strain and my foot nudges my backpack on the floor.

"You should go after her," I say to break the stillness and to ignore the fact I haven't accepted what Dad is offering. Plus, Dad always knows how to pull Mom out of her drama pit. It's one of the million things I love about him.

"I will." His lips lift a little, a strong indication he's planning to mess with me. "How do you want to handle this? Straightforward, gradual introduction, or head in the sand?"

I brighten. "Head in the sand works well for me."

"Good try, but pick another option."

Fine. "Gradual."

"How does it feel to be a senior?"

Despite the impending knowledge that my life is about to suck, I smile. I'd walked into the kitchen after my last day of school expecting to gush to Mom about how Trisha and I were invited to Blake Harris's party tonight.

What I didn't expect? Dad home, Mom in tears and a note that possibly brings tidings from hell. "It feels awesome. It'll feel even better if you put that piece of paper in the garbage disposal."

"Please read it," Dad presses. "It was hard for your mom to make the decision to let you see this and we should respect her wishes."

My stomach aches as if I'd been elbowed. This debilitating reaction from my mother means one thing: contact from her childhood home in Kentucky.

Kentucky is a painful subject for her and there's nothing I wouldn't do to ease her suffering because, until Dad came into the picture and adopted me when I was five, Mom raised me on her own. That deserves some major respect.

Out of the corner of my eye I take in the collage of framed photos on the wall. The middle picture is my favorite. It's an eight by ten of the day Mom and Dad married. Mom's in a white wedding gown. Slender. Graceful. Her sleek blond hair falling around her shoulders as she beams down at me. Dad crouches beside me. His sun-kissed hair strikingly gold compared to his black tux.

He tucks a rose into my dark brown hair. I'm five and focused on him like he's Superman. That's because he is. My own personal superhero. He adopted me mere days before he married my mom.

Dad clears his throat and I snatch the paper from his hands with just the right amount of ticked off. I'll wander down this dark tunnel of insanity for a few minutes…for him and my mom.

It's an e-mail and it's short and to the point and it's from my biological father.

Jeff, Please tell Emily. Eli Underneath the message are an obituary and a photo of a woman I've never met. Her name is Olivia McKinley and she's Eli's mother. A weighted sigh escapes my lips and I slouch into a seat at the table. Please tell Emily. Eli does his best to make an impression. It may not be a great impression, but he leaves one nonetheless.

I squish my lips to the side as I absorb Olivia's obituary. It's the first time I've seen an image of her. Eli's talked about her on our rare occasional visits, but he never drew enough of a mental picture for me to visualize what she looked like.

Eli's this biker my mom hooked up with once and he abandoned us the moment Mom said, "I missed my period." While he gave Mom the slip, he also gave me my dark brown hair and my matching dark brown eyes and the ton of freckles over the bridge of my nose. But other than that he hasn't given me much.

"So…" Total hesitation as I hunt for the correct words. "Eli's mom died."

"That's right. Your mom wants us to attend the funeral."

Um…I don't do funerals or cemeteries. Mom and Dad are aware of this situation. My fingers tap against the table. There's definitely a diplomatic way out of this. I need to find it and find it quick. "Why does she want to go? Not to be rude, but we don't know this lady. We barely know Eli and…well.I thought Mom hated Kentucky."

Dad rubs the back of his head. "I don't know why. I forwarded the e-mail to your mom this morning. A few minutes later, she called me at work in tears. I came home and she'd already purchased the plane tickets. Your guess is as good as mine here, but there's one thing I do know—I don't like seeing your mom cry."

Neither do I.

"What are your thoughts on this, Em?"

I shrug. There are no words for this. None. Zip. Zero.

Nada. "I don't get it."

"I know."

That's it? He knows? "I was hoping for something a little more like 'I'll talk to your Mom and I'll convince her to shelve the crazy for a few days.' I mean, we are underestimating the value of sending a well-written note attached to a nice flower arrangement."

Dad does that thing where he's quiet while mulling over a response. It's reason one million and one why I love him. Dad hardly ever loses his temper or yells. He thinks everything through.

"I don't claim to understand most of this," he says. "But this is important to your mom, and you and she are the two most important things to me. If she needs to attend this funeral then we'll attend."

"What if I don't want to attend?"

Dad's patient blue eyes search me and I consider ducking under the table before he notices how much the prospect bothers me. Dead people. He's asking me to voluntarily enter a building where there are dead people. Inside, I'm screaming. Very loudly. Very manically.

"Your mom and I will be there and absolutely nothing will harm you. Besides, you and I have had this discussion. The best way to get over your fears is to face them."

Sure, his words sound pretty, but there's this serious anxiety suffocating me like a shroud. Hives form on my wrist and I scratch at the welts under the table while flashing a forced grin. "Are you suggesting a body isn't going to come back to life and try to eat me?"

"I'm going to go out on a limb and say you're safe from a Walking Dead episode."

I release an unladylike snort and Dad laughs. His chuckles fade and I loathe the heavy silence that follows.

"I'm not only talking about your fear of dead things," Dad continues. "I'm talking about the paperwork I found in the trash. I believe it mentioned visiting out-of-town universities with your school this summer."

Dang it, I should have used the paper shredder.

"There's more to life than Florida," he insists.

"I love Florida." I love it so much that I have plans that involve staying here in town after graduation. Specifically, Tri-sha and I have plans. We've spent the past two years dreaming of going to the local college and rooming together. We even have color-coordinated comforters picked out, because that's how Trisha rolls.

Dad waves his hand at the room. "There's more out there for you than these four walls."

"I love these four walls." I do. The kitchen, to the three of us, is the focal point of our existence. Mom's created a homey room with fresh flowers in several vases scattered on the table, island and counter. She painted the walls yellow because she read an article that said it's a welcoming color.


"I love my life." I flutter my eyelashes in an attempt to appear cute. "I'm happy, so stop trying to mess with it."

Dad leans back in his chair and tosses a pen he's been fiddling with onto the table. "Aren't you even curious about what's out there?"

"No. But I'm curious about what the deal is with Mom and this funeral." I change the subject because I hate arguing with my father. I don't possess a burning desire to leave home and explore every part of the universe like he did when he was my age. He doesn't understand and I don't know how to explain it. Because of that, we fight and it's the only thing, besides Eli, we disagree about.

"I already told you I don't know," he answers, "but it's our job to support her. You know as well as I do that demons haunt your mother's past."

It's true. Mom avoids discussing her life before my birth. I assume it must be because it hurts to know she has family that threw her out because she chose to have me. "Do you think attending this funeral is her way of going home without going home?"

His eyes snap to mine and I know I hit the nail on the head. Nausea rolls through my intestines. This is one of those moments where doing the right thing makes me want to puke, but this is my mom. My mom. She's crazy and she's dramatic, but she has loved me since she saw two lines on the pregnancy test. I refuse to say no to a woman who raised me for the first four years completely by herself.

"Okay," I say. "I'm in."

"Thank you. And Emily…" A long, painful pause. "You need to view this as an opportunity. Maybe this will help you and your mother reconsider Eli's offer for you to visit him for two weeks this summer."

Oh, hell no. Three weeks ago, Eli contacted Dad with this massively awful idea. Seeing Eli when he wanders into town once a year is one thing, but visiting him—for two weeks straight—on his home turf? "Mom said no."

"I think it would be healthy for you to see where your mother once lived and to understand your father's history. I overheard you asking your mom questions the other day."

All right, sue me. Eli's offer made me curious. Actually, not true. My mother's sharp shout of "no" when Dad broached the subject of the visit is what did it. And I'm not concerned with Eli or his family, but more over my mother.

Were Mom's parents the superconservative people she's described them as? How did she meet Eli? Was it at school or did they meet the night they conceived me? Was Mom a crazy teenager or was she a good girl until she decided to hook up one night with a biker?

I've asked, but Mom redirects the conversation. I haven't found the courage yet to press for answers when she shuts me out.

"I see the curiosity in your eyes whenever Eli is mentioned," Dad tells me.

I push away from the table and as I go to walk past him, he gently snags my fingers. "It's okay to have questions. They're your biological family. In fact, it's extremely normal. I've seen it before with my patients."

A tremor of anger runs through me. I'm not one of his hundreds of pediatric rug rats. "I am not curious."

"Not at all?" he asks.

I swallow, attempting to sort through the thoughts. When I look at my father, I see the man that not only lowered himself onto one knee to ask my mother's hand in marriage, but dropped to both knees to ask for my permission to marry her. I see the smile on his face and remember the answering joy inside me the day my adoption went through. I see the man who has not abandoned me once since he entered my life.

Being curious would mean that I don't appreciate all Dad has done for me and I do appreciate him. I love him more than he could imagine.

"No," I repeat. "I'm not curious at all."

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had this book sitting on my wish list for months, unsure if the story was my style. I bought this on a whim, having read a few of McGarry's other books. Though some parts seemed slow, one can vividly imagine the urgency, the secrecy needed, and the pain laced throughout the book. I was always looking for the next clue to the big secret and was blown away when it was fully revealed. This is one of the best books I have had the pleasure to read. A excellent romance, as well as suspenseful. Job well done, brava
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is seriously good. I recommend it.
JKW24 More than 1 year ago
Excellent YA writer. I enjoyed the fast pace, the complex story with interconnecting parts, and all the different characters. Fun, exciting read. I was unfamiliar with the author, but I will definitely look up her other books.
eryginger77 10 months ago
Katie McGarry is fabulous!
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
  I wanted to read Nowhere But Here because I have loved Katie's other series, the characters and the romances have been amazing. So of course I wanted to try the first in a new series by her.     The story, much like her others, is told in dual perspective from Emily and Oz. They are two very different people, brought up in different ways. Emily has a nice home in a nice neighborhood and a nice school. She was adopted by her mom's new husband at five, and although she sees her biological father once a year, she still doesn't have a good sense of who he is. She just knows her mom raised her own her own for the first four years and Emily can't completely let that go. Her mom had a rough go of things, and that has colored Emily's view of her biological dad, their hometown, and the family she doesn't know there.     Oz has grown up around Eli, Emily's biological dad, who is one of the founding members of their bike club and security company. Oz just graduated and he wants in the club and he is loyal to Eli.        There is a lot of confusion on both sides. Oz and a lot of the other people in his town, Snowflake see Emily and her mom as deserters and they think that Emily has just been avoiding them, causing Eli and his mom Olivia pain. When Emily goes into town after getting an invitation to attend her grandma's wake, things really blow up on both sides because of miscommunication. But in the process both sides learn truths that they weren't really ready to face.     Oz and Emily are thrown together because the motorcycle club had been having issues with their rival cycle club and Eli wanted to make sure that Emily was safe. Oz accepted because he wanted to prove himself, and he was given an in by keeping her safe. Their chemistry was great and I loved seeing them get closer to one another and fall for each other. They challenge each other and broaden the others' horizons.      Emily's whole life is thrown into question, and she has always valued honesty. So finding out things from her past, lies told all around really hurts her deep. She finds out things little by little and it seems like for her sake it should have been told all at once, so I suppose that for her character development and to have an amazing book, it couldn't work out for her.      But she also had to learn to love the other side of her family, and really understand the unique lifestyle of their biking community. It really takes the it takes a village motto and puts it to life. They all take care of one another, and are close and tight knit.     I loved Olivia, Emily's grandma. She is spunky and commands attention and respect, and causes people around her to love her deeply and honor her. She is dying of cancer, and she is the one who gives pieces of the truth to Emily. At first their relationship is tense, but I love seeing Emily realize that Olivia loves her and begin to love her back.      The ending was well done in my opinion. It really showcased their character development and the bond that were formed during the course of the novel. It showed the importance or honesty and of family and community support. It also showed Oz making some very brave choices and Emily broadening her mind to different lifestyles. It was a hard road for both of them and some of the plot lines could only come to a sad end, but overall its very hopeful and gave me a good sense of the direction life will take Emily and Oz.        I will def read more in this series, the companion novel for Razor and a new girl will be next.  Bottom Line: Another great one by McGarry exploring love and relationships with family and friends. 
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin (UK) Limited and NetGalley.) “Why are you giving up?” I beg. “You swore to me you’d never give up.” This was a YA contemporary romance about a girl with ties to a motorcycle gang. Emily was quite a naïve girl in my opinion, I felt like she should have been a little more receptive to what was going on around her, and to have maybe thought a little more. It was like she didn’t compute things she was with her own two eyes, and didn’t come to logical conclusions, which was a little annoying at times. “Either guest bedroom is yours to use. The one on the left belonged to you. You used to lie in your crib and watch the sunrise with a smile on your face.” Oz seemed quite sure of himself and what he wanted to do with his life, but he also seemed to have big problems when it came to Emily. It was like his brain literally short circuited, and while he was capable of realising that sleeping when he was supposed to be watching her would get him in trouble, he wasn’t so worried about what being intimate with her would mean! It seemed obvious to me that getting involved with the boss’s daughter would not go down well, and yet he did it anyway! “I like how you smile and how you laugh. I like how you love and defend your family and I like how you’re trying to love mine. I love how you trust. But mostly, Emily, I like how I feel when I’m around you.” The storyline in this was about Emily meeting her father’s family, and learning a bit about them, as well as falling in love with Oz, and finding out more about her past, and the things that happened when she was really young that had been kept from her. This story in itself was okay, but the pace was way off for me. I felt like this book just moved so slowly, and it needed to be about half as long as it actually was. There just wasn’t enough going on in the book to warrant 500 pages. "You're not a brother and as a woman you will never, be but you are important to this club. We will protect you." The romance in this was okay, but I did find this pairs ignorance over how Emily’s biological father would react to be a bit of an oversight. I can’t say that I really liked the romance in this book all that much, although there was quite a sweet scene between Emily and Oz towards the end of the book. This felt a long time coming though. “My heart bursts as the words tumble out. “I’m falling for you.”” The ending to this was fairly happy, and we did get a couple of good twists towards the end, the rest of the story was just too slow for me though. 6 out of 10
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
A great start to a new series! Oh, I really enjoyed this one :) I'm going to chalk it up to Ms. McGarry's amazing writing ability, because I definitely didn't love all the characters, their choices, or what they were doing all of the time. I'm still not all that crazy about Emily's mother (to be fair, though, Emily spends more than 90% of the book with the other side of her family, and mostly when we see or hear from her mom she's freaking out about I guess she could be an amazing person, but I don't see it), even after knowing what was behind all the lies and half-truths. And oh my gosh, the secrets. For a huge chunk of the book, I wasn't at all convinced that Ms. McGarry could make me believe in the justification for all the secrecy. Nothing could possibly be all that, I reasoned. I'm happy to be proven wrong--she made me buy it all in the end--and then she made me cry. Darn you, Ms. McGarry. I liked that Emily and Oz's relationship was a slow build, and that they never rushed into anything. I loved watching Emily start to realize and eventually admit to others that her preconceived notions about Eli and his side of her family were wrong--seeing her get closer to Olivia, her paternal grandmother, was especially gratifying. Emily's insistence on believing what she'd been told for so long about her father rejecting her even when she had evidence to the contrary was more than a little but frustrating, but it fit in with the rest of her mental hangups. (And as a person with a few hard-to-shake mental hangups of my own, I get where she's coming from.) At least she came around eventually and began to admit to some truths.  And Oz...well, Oz was just as lost and just as wrapped up in his own world of denial as Emily was, only he didn't even realize it for most of the book. Actually, neither did we, for a good chunk of it. But he mans up and accepts reality and manages to find a place for himself in two very different worlds, all while showing Emily what family and loyalty and love are really all about. Such a good book. Ms. McGarry's Pushing the Limits series started out strong, and Thunder Road is just as promising. There's a wealth of side characters here that have the potential for meaty stories--Razor's next, and though we barely get to know him in this book, his teaser excerpt was fantastic. And Violet and Chevy? I must have their book--SOON. SOON. Please? ;) Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
As a Katie McGarry fan, I have been so excited about Nowhere But Here, the first book in her new Thunder Road YA series. I can truly say I was not disappointed, and in fact, was totally captivated by the story. I love biker-related novels, but this is the first one I've read that involves younger characters, and Katie McGarry couldn't have done it better. I totally fell in love with Oz and just couldn't get enough of him. He is the epitome of the hot, bad***, kind of guy that I love in a book boyfriend, but he was also so much more, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching his character unravel and evolve as the book progressed. I really liked Emily also, she was a great female lead. Then there were the secondary characters. Olivia was one of those people you just really wish you could meet in real life. I thought she was pretty amazing.  The romance was beautifully done, causing you to swoon and sigh, with enough hot mixed in to get your blood pumping, while still keeping things appropriate for YA/mature YA readers. Things ended on a really good note as well. I was sorry for things to end, and would have liked to have had more of Oz and Emily's story. I can't wait to read the next installment, and look forward to Razor's story. I also hope we get to have a glimpse into how things are going with Oz and Emily as well. This is a great story and a really great beginning for what is shaping up to be a wonderful series. Definitely grab this one.
Jessica Marie Peters More than 1 year ago
Sweet and innocent. Those are the words you would use to describe Emily. You would never think that her biological father is the head of a biker gang. Or that her mother had raced against the clock to sneak Emily away when she was just a child, without said biker club realizing. Emily got to grow up normal. Without motorcycles, and fierce men in biker vests that make you tremble just being near them. But her summer is turned upside down when what was supposed to be a quick visit with her father, turns into the entire summer. Emily was in danger. And the only person her mother trusted with her safety, was the same man she ran away from all those years ago. Emily, left with so many questions, is determined to find answers before her summer comes to an end. With the help of smoking hot Oz, she hopes that she'll discover what truly happened between her parents all those years ago. She might even strike up her own romance along the way. I loved Emily. She was the perfect amount of innocent and fierce. Those two qualities made Emily a force to be reckoned with. The whole novel she showed strength over and over again in situations a normal teenage girl should never be put through. Nothing seemed to faze her. She just kept going, no matter what truths came rushing to the surface. She was a character I easily rooted for. Emily is definitely one of my favourite characters to date. Then there is Oz. The complete opposite of Emily. Oz is a prospect for the Nights of Terror Club, and given the mission of protecting Emily, by Emily's old man himself. Oz took the job very seriously, but the lines soon became blurred of what was a job, and what Oz felt compelled to do because he was falling for the head of the clubs daughter. This book was suspenseful to the very end. Twists and turns over and over again, that I did not expect what so ever. It was such a refreshing read. And it was amazing how much this book could surprise me, because I never guessed the plot twists. I am giving this book five stars, because Katie McGarry managed to amaze me again. Her writing style is making me love her novels, and she is easily one of my favourite authors to date. If you never read a book by Katie McGarry, I really recommend you pick one up, because her books are absolutely incredible. Packed with action and so much emotion, it's impossible for me not to fall in love with the worlds and characters she creates.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
Nowhere But Here is an amazing story. Full of twists I didn’t see coming, to a love that I didn’t either.  Numerous people have told me that I needed to read a book by McGarry.  So while at my local B&N I purchased the paperback. It had been literally a year since I’ve read a paperback. Boy did I miss the smell of a book. I didn’t know if I would love it but I jumped in.  Oz and Emily come from different parts of the world. Emily hasn’t known about her past. Since it’s all been about secrets and lies. Even if it was meant to protect her. In the beginning, I wasn’t sure if I liked Oz. I’m like, why do you have to be such a douche? lol. But I realized quickly, he believed what he was told. He has only known the club. So he follows his orders. That is until Emily comes along and changes his whole world.  This was an exciting story, with twists around every corner. But I fell into this story. I grew to love these characters, as Emily grew to love her family. The family that her mother has been running from all her life. I was brought to tears through out this story. So the connection from these characters touched me. I loved the character growth, how in the beginning they were naive. To them growing and learning. Becoming who they were meant to be.  Overall, of course, its Five Boundless Stars from me. 
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Nowhere But Here is the first book in the Thunder Road series. There is a web of lies, deceit, and pain among pretty much every single character in this book. When Emily and Oz meet, they find a little bit of a silver lining as they get to know each other, but there are so many secrets among them. You can just feel the emotional pain and betrayal at times. The story was very well told and it was easy to keep all the facts straight as you got them.
Didi_ More than 1 year ago
First of all, I love lengthy books and this was a great lengthy book. I was unaware that it was categorized in romance, but I decided to give it a try anyway. I loved the storyline, I really did. I loved the suspense and just the overall plot. It was really suck-me-in. I adored Oz and Emily's character was written well. She wasn't portrayed as the rich, stuck-up, I-can't-touch-dirt kind of girl, but she had guts, curiosity, and perseverance. I loved the way Oz treated Emily and the way Emily trusted Oz. The whole romance thing was really sweet. I also loved the motorcycle club idea. There were several points throughout the book where something was revealed or things were thrown in there that made me gasp and zoom through the page. I couldn't put it down; even when I was about to stop reading it because of a certain romantic scene, I kept reading it because I couldn't abandon the plot, the story itself was just way too interesting. I recommend it for teens who like action and suspense, with a romance story woven in, or even adults who aren't fond of heavy sex scenes. I was so glad that wasn't in this. Great job, I might even consider #2 in the series :).
Sparkling_City More than 1 year ago
I won a signed copy of Nowhere But Here in a Goodreads giveaway & was asked in return for an honest review. Nowhere But Here, motorcycle gangs meet love/hate relationship meet forbidden romance. This book is like Sons of Anarchy meets Romeo & Juliet meets Simone Elkeles' Perfect Chemistry series. You could tell that Emily lived a very sheltered life in Florida & as you continue to read through the book you understand why. Oz on the other hand lived a totally different life, surrounded by a motorcycle club, a brotherhood. They both see life differently but when they meet everything changes. I absolutely loved this book. The characters. The story. Everything. I like how Katie McGarry gave us the perspective of both Emily & Oz, each one telling us their side & their feelings in their own words. There were a couple things in the story that I predicted, I won't give away what they are for those who have not read it but I will say that it has to do with Emily's parents, Eli & Meg. You know that saying, "Don't judge a book by it's cover." Well this book is the perfect example of that, but with people. You should never judge someone based on how they dress, look or act. Emily was quick to judge but only because of her mother's fears & her own. I'm sad that I'm finished with the book. I loved this book so much that I could not put it down, but at the same time I didn't want it to end, I wanted it to go on forever. Even though I'm sad that it's over, I can't wait to read the next novel in the Thunder Road series. I highly recommend this book, & if you're a Simone Elkeles fan you will definitely love it as much as I do. & if you're not, read it anyway. Give it a chance, you might find that you like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved everything about this book except the main character, Emily. She's extremely weak, naive, and almost stupid. She is so immature that she takes everything her parents say as gospel and repeats the words "but my dad (or mom) said so! They would never lie to me!" about 100 times. Every other character is great! They're loving, kind, vibrant and loyal people with depth and interest. Emily was a whiny, annoying child that is afraid of EVERYTHING and had about 5 panic attacks. 4 stars for amazing plot and secondary characters
vampiregrl123 More than 1 year ago
This was another book that I just couldn’t put down this year. It isn’t a secret that I am obsessed with the tv show, Sons of Anarchy. When Nowhere But Here was released earlier this year I knew that this would be the perfect way to continue my obsession with motorcycle clubs. I knew just from reading the synopsis that I was going to enjoy it. I love the characters of Emily and Oz and I love the relationship that they have. Katie McGarry wrote them to be very relatable to teenagers. Emily is the typically good girl who gets good grades in school and has plenty of friends and plans for the summer. Oz is the bad boy who barely graduated high school. All he wants is to join the club. When they first meet there is a clear chemistry between them. I like the way they tease and flirt back and forth with each other. It feels real and not just a fiction novel. As far as the plot and the setting go, I love that the novel is set in the country. I think my favorite part was that they took a trip to Lower Broadway in Nashville and I knew exactly where Katie was describing without her needing to state the names of the bars and local food places. Nashville is one of my favorite places to visit. I loved the plot twists throughout the story. McGarry kept me guessing right along with Emily as to what the secret was that everyone was hiding.
Book_Bite_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! I could not get enough of Emily and Oz's story and I want more! Even though the book clocks in at 496 pages and was super intimidating to start, I finished it in a day. I cannot wait to read more and more from this series. If you love good girl/bad boy story lines, pick. This. Up! You will not regret it.
GetYaWings More than 1 year ago
Cover: Professional, fitting and non-generic.Editing/Proofing: Non-existent? Editing/Proofing: Non-existent? Characters: Complex Overall: 5 star read, 1 star package. Split the difference and call it 3 stars? This book is really hard to review... I snagged it on a .99 day because the blurb had me intrigued so it's a good blurb and it is truly representative of the story. There are brilliantly complicated characters that sucked me in from the first page and there's an air of mystery that, is one of those that - when some questions get answered, it only prompts more questions. As someone who predicts everything, I enjoyed this. It kept me guessing. And when I thought I had it all figured out, and it all came out, there was a detail I hadn't seen coming! It's so rare that an author - or anyone really - can surprise me. Getting through the story and to this point would have been a glorious, 5-star experience... except for the lack of editing. I like a book to be professionally presented. I feel that unprofessional, unedited books are what gives the indie community a bad name, and I also feel that if an author cannot be bothered to put forth a professional-looking product, maybe I shouldn't spend my time on it. Throughout the book, I felt confident that this author had not used an editor. However, one is mentioned and even thanked in the back of the book so I stand corrected. Poor grammar, lack of punctuation and continuity issues are abundant. If her editor wasn't checking for these things, I'm not sure what she was doing. Ultimately - I'd give this book 5 stars if it was the fun, fast-paced read it should be... instead, it's work. When continuity issues arise, I look back to see if I'm the one who missed something. When grammar is poor and punctuation is missing, I have to re-read a lot of it, to figure out what's trying to be said. The characters are likely to stay with me and the book has a profound message in between the lines throughout- that is actually uttered by one MC in the end. I'd like to go on in the series but, reading around this low-quality editing is a lot of work so, I'm undecided at the moment. I feel like reading shouldn't be so much work! "It's what people do. Judge..." -Oz.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I adored literally every character in this book. I can't wait for Razor's story to come out in March. It's already pre-ordered.
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
I have loved Katie McGarry's other books, so I was excited to read the first book in her new YA series. I enjoyed every part of this book...especially OZ! It was about family, romance and a bit of suspense. There were a few twists and turns to keep you reading. It is a great start to a new series and I have already pre-ordered the next book!
Andrea17 More than 1 year ago
Katie and I started out great - can we just talk about how much I love Pushing the Limits and Dare You To? - but after that we slowly started to drift apart. Things got cliche and stagnant, which is why I was so glad that Nowhere But Here is set in a different world. Well, not really a different world, but one apart from her Pushing the Limits characters. Oz isn't a bad boy in need of redemption and Emily isn't a troubled girl who needs saving. Not that any of the other girls needed saving, but you know what I mean. However, despite that I didn't feel myself particularly drawn into the story of the characters. I will fully admit though, that they may have been in part of the narrators, which is unfortunate. They were good, but seemed far too old to be voicing 18 and 17 year old individuals, but sounded more like they were in their late 20s. Narrators aside, I do think Katie has gotten a new gusto with this series. It wasn't about redemption and troubled lives, but about family and what it means to be one, both via blood and water. The romance isn't instalove and it takes Oz and Emily a long time to admit their feelings for one another. I really enjoyed the minor characters and well and I'm interested to see how Katie is going tackle this issue of cyber-bulling in Walk the Edge.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness was this predictable from the very beginning. There was the same slew of characters in these types of books, there’s the bad boy who is loyal to everyone he loves, and the boy who is a good guy but has a past that makes him violent, but it even if it’s done before I still loved every second of it and can’t wait to read the rest of them. I am a huge fan of Sons of Anarchy, so I love all the stories with guys in motorcycle clubs! Emily is a girl who grew up in sunny California with a mother that loves her and a stepdad she thinks of as her own dad, Eli her real dad is part of a motorcycle gang that she sees every once in awhile. After getting an email from Eli about the death of his mother, they rush to Kentucky to attend the wake. There Emily meets Oz, a boy who has wanted nothing more than to follow in his fathers footsteps and join the motorcycle club. He gets tasked with protecting Emily from a rival gang out to settle the score for a secret no one but Eli and Emily’s mom knows. I loved the hate between Oz and Emily. Let me just say that when characters hate each other and then learn to love each other are my favorite types of books. I read Pushing the Limits quite awhile ago and wasn’t a fan. I thought the characters were annoying and so I didn’t have my hopes up for reading this one. So I was glad that I actually liked this one despite the predictability. Oz was cute and I liked the way he was so protective of the club at first and then as his feelings grew towards Emily he became really protective over her. The thing that bothered me was Emily. She was so caught up in judging these people that she couldn’t see past the motorcycle club to see that these were good people. I guess that’s to be expected when you grow up with a mother that adamantly tries to turn you against everyone in the club. As time goes on Emily starts to calm down and accept the people in the club in to her life and finds her self wanting to know them more. She starts to realize there is more to these people than meets the eye, like Olivia, Emily’s grandma. She was so badass and so willing to do whatever it took to make sure her family was okay, including Emily. Even if Emily tries her hardest to not get attached to anyone. I liked the relationship because it wasn’t love at first sight. They both thought the other was attractive, at first they hated each other. Both for the person they thought the other was. That’s what kept me continuing to read this one, they took the time to get to know each other. Although there were times that Oz bothered me so much because he had such blind hate for Emily, I mean I know why he hated her, because there were a these lies that Eli had fed to everyone about Emily and her mom. So it was easy to see the hate but I felt like he held on to hard to it. I guess they both did though. Although I have to say I did like Oz. I don’t swoon over boys in books but I did like Oz a lot. I thought the ending was really predictable, I heard a lot of people say they didn’t see the ending coming but I felt like it was easy to call. I’m not going to say anything because I don’t want to ruin it for any one else, because while it was predictable it was still a great ending! Overall this book was quite good. I never ended up reading any of the other books in the pushing the limit series, but I really can’t wait to read the rest of these. There are going to be 4 books total in this series.
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jwitt33 More than 1 year ago
Amazing new series by Katie McGarry!! My Opinion: I first discovered Katie McGarry when I read her Pushing the Limit series, and I can honestly say that I loved every book in that series. When I learned that she was starting a new series, I was right there requesting it from NetGalley because I had to learn for myself whether she could top her first series, and boy did she! I can see why she called this series Thunder Road, but it is also about each and every character in Nowhere But Here pushing the limits of their own lives, but in a much deeper way, which will make sense when you read the book, and I highly recommend that you do. The story is told from two points of view: Emily's and Oz's. Eli is Emily's biological father who, as she's heard all her life, hooked up with Meg (Emily's mother) and when she found out she was pregnant he took off, wanting nothing to do with Meg or their baby. Meg remarried when Emily was 5 and Eli signed away his parental rights so Jeff could adopt her. They've had a good life, and Emily loves Jeff as much as if he were her biological father, and he loves her back just as much. Emily is 17 now, and for the last 7 years she has seen Eli once a year when he comes to visit her where she lives in Florida, but she doesn't feel a bond with him at all. Emily's life changes when Eli sends a message to Jeff containing a copy of his mother Olivia's obituary, saying she has died of cancer. Emily has always heard that Olivia and Meg hate each other and have ever since she turned Meg away when she became pregnant while still in high school. So it strikes Emily as very strange when Meg and Jeff decide to take Emily to Olivia's funeral in Snowflake, Kentucky, especially since Emily never even met the woman when she was alive. Meg has always refused to talk about her life in Snowflake except to say that Eli, who belonged in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, and his whole family are crazy and violent and how lucky she was to escape that life. Now at this point in the book I remember thinking that this story was a bit edgier than the books in Katie McGarry's Pushing the Limits series, but I was loving it because it was written so well you can't help but feel invested in the new characters. You can feel Emily's confusion over all of this and her wish that they could just stay in Florida since she doesn't want to have anything to do with Eli or his family, but she goes along with what her mother and Jeff want because it seems important to them that she go. While there, many, many unexpected things happen, and Emily finds out that she been lied to her entire life when it comes to Eli, Olivia, and the rest of her family in Snowflake. She finds out that she and her mother actually lived with Olivia and her husband (Emily's grandfather) Cyrus until Emily was 2 years old. Olivia tells her that they were very happy there until Meg stole Emily in the middle of the night and took off for Florida with no warning at all. Olivia learns that Meg told Emily that Eli's family is crazy and that "the people in Snowflake are the worst kind of evil," which breaks Olivia's heart. Unfortunately, Emily finds out that Olivia is not dead yet when she is saying hello to Eli, who is standing next to the casket Olivia is laid out in, and Olivia, in her excitement to see Emily, sits up and starts talking to her! Apparently Eli accidentally sent a copy of Olivia's obituary (which she had written herself to make sure it was done right) instea
CeliaA_YAFiction More than 1 year ago
I adore Katie McGarry's first series, Pushing the Limits, so of course I was beyond excited for this new series, and wasn't disappointed. Katie McGarry once again slays contemporary rimance, and I am beyond excited for the next book.