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Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1)

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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 R
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Harlequin Teen
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Emily May
Nov 04, 2016 Emily May rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, romance, arc, 2015
Oh god. Why is it so difficult to find a sexy summer romance that isn't annoying or laden with cliched characters?

I didn't finish Nowhere But Here - and feel free to judge me for writing a little review anyway - but I just couldn't make it through all the constant irritations.

The female MC (Emily) is a bland "good girl" from the right side of town and she comes into Oz's "bad boy" life and turns his head away from the slutty, trashy girls he's used to sleeping with and forgetting about. Because
Jennifer Kyle
Jun 01, 2015 Jennifer Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4~4.5 Stars

”You’re smart. You know the truth. You haven’t been looking for someone to prove it. You’ve been searching to disprove it.”


This is a very pricey book and I’m on the fence as to whether friends will find the story “worth” the price however for me it definitely was. This story leads into some great new characters in an exciting new series centering around get this… a legit motorcycle club!!

This story brought a lot of mystery as our heroine, Emily is asked to attend her grandmother’s
Jun 02, 2015 Brandi rated it really liked it



Nowhere But Here is the first book in a new contemporary young adult series from Katie McGarry. I really enjoyed this first installment, that focuses on the bonds of family, secrets and finding the truth. While Oz and Emily didn't really wow me, and their romance felt more like a side story, I adored the secondary characters. Olivia and Eli were excellent, they truly made the story for me. I would love to see Katie write Eli's story, and try something a little more adult.

“I learned a long
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
This book is damn stupid. I've been picking it up and throwing it down and finally even the boy child said to give it up. DONE
Pearl Angeli
“Isn't it always the things that you can't see that hurt you?”

It took me two weeks to finish this book. It was a struggle. This book offered a lot of potentials but unfortunately it lacked on so many levels.

The plot was too weak and the pacing was too slow. I had very high expectations for this book because I enjoyed Pushing the Limits a lot that I was really certain I will enjoy this, too.

Nowhere But Here begins when Emily went to Snowflake and discovered that there are secrets that were b
Jun 10, 2015 Lainey rated it really liked it
This was my first Katie McGarry book I've read. Prior to meeting her at BEA, I remember reading the description to this book and knew I had to eventually get it. It's about motorcycle clubs and immediately my mind went to a YA Sons of Anarchy and I was so there. After finishing this book, I am not disappointed.

Because it dealt with heavier themes that most YA contemporary romances, I felt like it was high/ya low/na when it came to how this was written, the themes, the characters. Another thing
(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
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Special thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen for providing me with a copy to review!
Nowhere But Here definitely exceeded my expectations by around 50000000000000 (plus maybe 10 more zeros). I went into this book expecting it to be a YA version of Sons of Anarchy with a sexy romance and I definitely wasn't wrong, but what I didn't expect was the depth and the HUGE amount of emotions that it would evoke. I've read Katie McGarry first book, Pushing the Limits, and I loved it a lot so I knew that
Apr 27, 2015 Lani rated it it was amazing
I'll write my thoughts later when I stop sobbing.
(And yes, I was right. Isaiah's dad, James, IS in fact a part of this story. Well not really a part of it since he is dead, but he is mentioned a few times)

Okay, so overall I liked this enough to give it five stars, but I didn't love it as much as the PTL series (specifically Crash Into You).
With that said, I'd like to add that this was quite different from Katie's other books ( Crash Into You ).
As always, there's the dual point of view, the sweet
VERY excited for this new series!
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Old school Katie McGarry, where did you go??

I usually love Katie McGarry. Her Pushing the Limits series was like popcorn for my angsty, YA-loving self. It was pure misunderstood teenagers living hard lives and battling their demons. This book felt like one giant tantrum.

I didn't like the MC, Emily, at all. She came across as spoiled, whiny, and judgmental, and I hated how she was all "purer-than-pure." She was pretty unlikeable for me. I also didn't really like Oz, who seemed like a caricature
5 stars - I love this book!

I’m a massive fan of Katie McGarry. She writes wonderful YA romantic drama, and when I heard that she was starting a new series featuring the younger generation of a motorcycle club, I knew I had to read it.

I went into it feeling nervous, because Pushing the Limits is one of my all-time favourite reads, and I didn’t want to unfairly compare this book to my obsession with Noah and Echo, but Katie has given us something original, exciting and completely engaging. The st
Jan 16, 2014 Elena marked it as to-read
Shelves: i-could-die-for
"West Side Story meets Sons of Anarchy"

meets this?



Lindsey Rey
Jun 28, 2016 Lindsey Rey rated it liked it
I found these characters very difficult to relate to and they were very frustrating to read about. I'm not sure if I'll be continuing this series even though I love Katie McGarry.
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
2.5 stars
It is now abundantly clear that McGarry and I will never find common ground. I’ve read several of her books by now, and while I tried very hard not to nitpick, I inevitably struggled to finish them. It needs to be said that I went into this book with the best of intentions. I was hoping that a new series would mean a clean slate, a new opportunity and a chance to build a very different opinion. Alas, it was not meant to be.

I have to say that I fully understand the appeal of Katie McGarr
Shannon (leaninglights)
Aug 28, 2015 Shannon (leaninglights) rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK TORE ME UP. I laughed, I cried and so many things in between. I wasn't sure how I would feel about a new series by Katie, since I really love her Pushing the Limits series but I am happy to say I loved it. ALL THE FEELS. I fell in love with these characters, each and every one. I felt like I was a part of the family and I was deeply invested in their fates.
Katie is a FANTASTIC contemporary author. This book borders the line between the line of YA and NA, which I think was refreshing an
Jan 02, 2016 ♥Rachel♥ rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I’ve really enjoyed Katie McGarry’s writing in the past, and the prospect of reading a young adult romance set within a Motorcycle Club had me really excited. While I did enjoy parts of Nowhere But Here there were a few complaints that kept it from being a knockout read for me.

Emily’s plans for the summer change when a member of her biological father, Eli’s, family gets sick. Eli is part of a Motorcycle Club, Reign of Terror, a legit club who obey the law of the land, but that doesn’t mean thei
Kelli C ~ Jack Sawyer's Heart
This is the start of something great for Katie McGarry! If you are looking for a really good young adult read then this should be an automatic one click!

Set in a small town run by a tight MC forged in brothethood, she delivers a journey of self discovery and first love for two young people that will steal your heart!

Emily is a 17 year old "all American girl" living her life happily until news from a town that claimed her mother's past changes her entire existence. Life in Snowflake is nothing c
Vilma's Book Blog
Jun 22, 2015 Vilma's Book Blog rated it it was amazing
Sizzling, sexy, suspenseful and unputdownable. A gripping story about finding freedom, forgiveness and love.

I get it now. I get why there’s just something both intangibly and clearly special about Katie McGarry and her writing. Her stories. Her style. It’s stripped and gritty in a way that’s relatable… heck, that’s even so when she’s talking about motorcycle clubs and all kinds of things I’ve no experience in. But her voice is real and gripping and honest in a way that kept me flipping the pages
Debbie I Heart YA Books
Holy smokes! Katie McGarry has done it again. McGarry just blew me away with her new series, a mature young adult/new adult, Thunder Road. I didn't think McGarry could outdo her Pushing the Limits series but boy, oh boy, she has done it with Nowhere But Here. Emily and Oz grabbed my heartstrings and all I could do was hold on and enjoy the wild, sexy, and deeply touching ride with these two broken, stubborn and totally hot for each other teenagers and the Reign of Terror motorcycle club.

Aly's Bookish Wonderland

It’s what people do. Judge before they bother getting to know someone. Judge before they understand what the club’s about.

Seventeen year old Emily has had a simple, safe life so far. With doting parents, a good school and social life, and safe plans for her future, Emily doesn’t want to change a single thing. Although she is curious about her biological father, she’s made a point of never asking her mother about him. After all, he chose a motorcycle club over being a parent; what’s there to
Oct 23, 2015 Loyda marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

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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
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Lisa (Lost in Literature)
May 23, 2015 Lisa (Lost in Literature) rated it it was amazing
Talk about a book hangover. DAMMMMMMM! I’ve got it BAD!

I’ve loved Katie McGarry’s writing since the first book I read. The Pushing the Limits Series is one of my favorites. I’ve read them all, except for Take Me On, (which I have patiently waiting on my Kindle) and every single one of them has impressed me. This is an author that can have you smiling one minute, then BAM! tears galore the next. It’s always an intense experience when reading one of her books. I’m beyond excited about this new ser
"Focus on where you want to go not on what you fear. "

----Anthony Robbins

Katie McGarry, an American author, pens her new novel, Nowhere But Here which is the first book in the Thunder Road series. This book traces the journey of two teenagers trying to find the gravity and meaning of their lives, thereupon falling in love and realizing the difficulties attached with this sweet feeling, well, you can clearly say, this a book about teens and their road to self discovery.


Also reviewed on Sophie Reads YA

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This is no way impacted in my view.

Nowhere But Here is my first Katie McGarry book, but I can definitely say it won't be my last.

In this book we meet 17 year old Emily, who is visiting her biological father's family for the first time ever. All her life she thought her father never wanted her, that her whole paternal family didn't want her, and she is now faced with the knowledge that there's a wh
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
After reading several of McGarry's books this spring I have come to the conclusion that McGarry can do no wrong.

Her books are full of characters that are easy to love, easy to care for, and more importantly, easy to relate to. While you might not be going through anything the characters are, you still can't help but feel for them, connect with them, and understand them. They have a way of burrowing deep underneath your skin and staying there. Always present in your thoughts and ones you won't so
Danielle (Love at First Page)
I'm still not entirely on board with the motorcycle club setting - I could definitely sympathize seeing things through Emily's eyes, and how bizarre (and slightly scary) it would be to be introduced to such a world... but I adored the swoons, the brisk pacing (Katie McGarry never makes 500 pages feel like 500 pages), and the characters. The romance has a hate-to-love thing going on, but the progression is believable, slow-building, and full of chemistry. As always with Katie's stories, you root ...more
Jun 10, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it
Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Nowhere But Here is the first book that I have read from Katie McGarry and I have to say that I am quite impressed with this book. Ms. McGarry took her readers like myself on an emotional, heartfelt, touching journey of a young girl rediscovering the truths about her family especially in regards to her biological father's side and the secrets her parents kept. Though this book started off a bit slow for me in the beginning
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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.

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“You’re beautiful,” I say, and the honesty of my words stings. “You’re beautiful inside and out. I like how you challenge me. I like how I can never figure out what you’re going to do or say. I like how we’ve thrown weird shit in your direction and you take it like a pro.”
I cup her face with one hand and caress her soft skin. “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.”
Shit. My heart bursts as the words tumble out. “I’m falling for you.”
“This is your family … If you learn to love us then you will forever have our love in return.” 27 likes
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