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When the Echo Answers

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I'd Like to thank Publishers for sending me an Arc of this book through NetGalley for an honest review, all opinions are my own. 
I'd like to preface by saying that I have in fact not read The Echo Of This Ghost Town which is a complimentary novel from Griffen's point of view. 
While the plot felt pretty basic, the characters and the romance were enlightening to read the writing style was enjoyable.
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Thank you NetGalley for sending me an ARC copy for a review. 

This is my first book by CL Walters. I will definitely  be reading more. 

This story is told by Max's perspective. I love every minute. It showed us her going through school and heart break. I loved that we learned so much and the character development was great. I am going to circle back and read book 1.
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When the eco answers was an emotional rollercoaster. I wasn't ready for the ammount of feelings i got while reading this book. C.L Walters did a great job with this story. It was complex, intriguing, sad, happy, heart-wrenching and hopeful all at the same time. I was feeling all of the emotions and I found myself immersed in the world and the story.
When the eco answers follows Maxwell. She doesn't have an easy life, but she's ready to start college and move on. However, she gets to meet Griffin, a guy who will make her question everything.
Maxwell was a gret heroine. As i sad before, her life hasn't been easy and she's trying to get better and start a new phase. Griffin was a really cute and adorable character. Their relationship was really wholesome and i like the questions this book rise. I think it's perfect for teenagers or adults because it's really easy to see ourselves in these characters and the decisions they make. Overall it had a really big impact on me and i can not wait to reread this book.
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<i>Regards to NetGalley and Xpresso Book Tours for providing me with this digital ARC. All opinion posted here are my own</i>

I will start this review to say that this is my first experience with [author:C.L. Walters|15458999]. I haven't read [book:In the Echo of this Ghost Town|57743521], the supposed main story of this book. Consequently, I read this book as a standalone and not as a companion story.

I like many things about this book. The characters are amazing (and I have a special adoration to Cal, who is the most amazing father I have read about in a while). I both like Max and Griffin respectively, maybe Griffin a little bit more. I honestly would like to read about Griffin's intentions because I didn't quite catch his thoughts?? That ending honestly broke my heart a little bit, but I am glad it finished the way it was. (Griffin the responsible king)
However, the true highlight of this book for me is relationship development. It's amazing to see how Max and Griffin slowly becoming friends, then from friends to more. I love it so much I can't put my feelings into words. Do with it as you want.

The first reason why this book is a 3.75/5 and not a 5/5 is the writing style. Some passages feel like crumbs being patched up together to make a sentence. Although it was a pretty quick read, I had to pause several times because of the writing.

In the end, it was still a very good read, and I will maybe read [book:In the Echo of this Ghost Town|57743507] because I am genuinely curious to see the story plays out from Griffin's perspective.
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After reading ‘In the Echo of this Ghost Town’ from Griffin’s point of view, it’s now time to read Max’s. What is Griffin like in someone else’s eye? What is Max’s story? I actually really like Max’s character through Griffin. She seemed headstrong, sensible and most importantly, reliable. Because of Max, Griffin wanted to be better, do better.

This story follows Max, who has been moving from house to house with her dad, Cal since she was a little girl. This means she doesn’t have the opportunity to build meaningful friendships since she isn’t in the same place for long. Max was about to go to college and possibly start a stable life and make friends when she moved into the last house and met Griffin. She liked Griffin almost immediately and tried to be friends with him. Max then discovered all the pain and frustrations Griffin is trying to hide. She wants to be there for him and maybe take their friendship further but she also didn’t want to get hurt. What choices will she make? 

I love that Max and Griffin started off as friends and grew from there. They taught each other how to accept themselves for who they are. They really bring out the best version of each other. Their relationship is very precious and they are constantly there for each other. I also love Max’s relationship with her dad for the same reason! I love that Max shows her vulnerable side here and how the past made her who she is today. 

I did find parts of the book repetitive because of the previous book but I enjoyed reading Max’s personal story too. You can read this as a stand-alone but I preferred ‘In the Echo of this Ghost Town’ more. I think the titles of both these stories are a meaningful touch to what Max and Griffin mean to each other.
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After surprising myself with loving the first book in this duology so much I had to pick up this one next. It basically is the story told from Max’ perspective and it was great; it just wasn’t as good as ‘In the echo of this Ghost town’.
We got to know Max from Griffins perspective and now we get to see a little more inside her head, which was great because she experienced so many encounters with Griffin so different from him. Since I knew what he was thinking it was fun to see how she interpreted some of his actions. And actually, everything was totally believable. 

Reading her side of the story was so interesting and if I haven’t read the other book first, I probably would have reacted and incorporated a lot of things the same way she had, even though Griffin’s intentions were totally different. 

It was a really good book but in comparison to the first one, this lacked a little character development for me. But comparing Max to Griffin that way is probably unfair because Max was a great character to begin with and didn’t need that much development. Both books are now part of my favorites of this year and will be reread soon.
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I did like and appreciate the author's note in the beginning where she stated that the reader may not like or enjoy this book as much as they could if they read the first book before. I find that I have to agree with that; while the book was good, I found myself struggling through it due to missing context. It was still marvelous.
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I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Even though When the Echo Answers is technically considered the sequel to In the Echo of this Ghost Town it felt kind of pointless to me. We get the same story but from different point of views. The first book is from Griffin's and this one is from Maxwell's. I didn't really see the point in have two books just for that reason alone. Especially since this could have been meshed into a giant dual pov book.

Maybe it's just me thinking this way?

Now I liked Max in the first book. I also liked see more about her relationship with her dad and her mom throughout this. Especially when we know that her mom walks back into her life in Griffin's book. As for her time in college? Well it did absolutely nothing for me. The way she kept thinking Griffin was cute in the beginning? Also did nothing for me because I got how she felt when I was reading his book.

Again, this one just didn't make sense. The only thing I really wanted to know was what was going on with her when they weren't talking after their little fight. That was it. Once I got it, I was a little disappointed because it just kind of seemed like she wasn't doing much with her life. Just moving forward in a weird way but finally realizing her true feelings for Griffin.

In the end, it was okay but I wished these two could be merged into one book. Just one. Dual pov.
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I would like to thank the publishers and NetGalley for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

After reading In the Echo of this Ghost Town, I was really excited to pick up When the Echo Answers and this book was equally as beautiful and heartbreaking. From the previous book, I found Max to be a resilient and endearing character who has a strong commitment of ensuring that she stands up to any challenge thrown her way. Having experienced so many upheavals in her life, she finds a sense of steadiness in Griffin and their bond is so fulfilling and satisfying. 

A key theme in this book is that of acceptance and how often as human beings we seek to find acceptance through the eyes of other people, when we fail to accept ourselves. Both Max and Griffin work on accepting themselves, including their mistakes and obstacles they face in their life and understand that all these experiences are what shape them to be the person they are. I believe this speaks so strongly to young adults who  may feel that they don't fit the norms of society.

I am so glad that Walters chose to write this companion novel that gave us Max's journey, which is rare with YA books to have both perspectives in different novels. Griffin and Max have absolutely won my heart over and I can't wait for the world to get to meet them through these incredible books!
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this story was okay. i didn't really connect with the characters or feel immersed in this narrative but again, i just think YA is disappointing my personal preference once again. i can see why this is well loved though, so i appreciate what it attempted to do here. it just wasn't for me.

- thanks to netgalley and the publisher for providing me with the arc in exchange for an honest review.
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4/5⭐
Honestly, this story captured my heart. 
I cried and laughed the whole way through. 
This is a story about Max, who has moved to 9 (maybe 10?) houses and has never felt at home. Now she's taking a step forward and going to college without her dad, who has always been her best friend. 
Because she moved a lot, she never had time to make proper relationships with people, until this new house where she meets Griffin and the two of them have an important connection. Max doesn't know what to do about her feelings because she's going away to college and we don't really know how Griffin feels (that man is a puzzle) 
I liked how they hit it off from the beginning,  their nicknames for each other (lol Serial Killer), and their jokes (the "hard" joke really came up at some of the most inappropriate moments but still made me laugh) 
The only thing I didn't really like was the twist on New Year's Eve because I hate that trope, but at the same time I loved the texts Griffin sent Max (they made me cry) and how he took responsibility for his actions, that was excellent character development. Max really did teach Griffin an important lesson on acceptance and taking charge of his own life. Max is also an incredible character, she's strong, sensitive, responsible... everything everyone should aspire to be. 

full review in my goodreads: @laura_perezes

Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher for this amazing arc!
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