Today, I'm talking about Echo, a totally unique book for me. To be honest, I didn't know anything about it when I started reading it--except that it looked cool. I definitely judge a book by its cover. Also, I thought that it was a graphic novel because it is SO LONG. Uh, it's not! Even so, though, I finished this book in under two weeks (and part of that time I was reading another book, too).
Echo is many stories in one. It start with a story of a boy reading a story and then is broken down in three more stories which are the main parts of the book. Not until the very end does it finally all come together. At first I was really annoyed. I was SO into the first story that I was uh quite upset when it just suddenly ended and then I was thrust into another story and then the same thing happened with the second story: I got so into the story and was frustrated when that one ended. By the third story I was getting into the rhythm and just couldn't wait to see how they all connected.
If the author hadn't done such a wonderful job tying all of the stories together at the end, along with the fairy tale from the beginning, then I wouldn't love this book--I would have thought that the author made a mistake and should have just picked one story to tell, but by the end I was like YES, I GET IT! It all made sense and just WORKED.
You would like Echo if you like. . .
*complicated / weaved together stories
*multiple narrators / main characters
*books that keep you reading
Echo was a pleasant surprise for me and a much longer book than I've read in a long time. Highly recommend!
"'Have you really read all those books in your room?' Alaska laughing- 'Oh God no. I’ve maybe read a third of ‘em. But I’m going to read them all. I call it my Life’s Library. Every summer since I was little, I’ve gone to garage sales and bought all the books that looked interesting. So I always have something to read.'" -John Green