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3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  418 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
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 athl
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published February 6th 2007 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Apr 26, 2008 Tenara rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes psychological thrillers.
This book is only 131 pages. The font is big and it's spaced out, so you could easily read it in a day - I know I did. What keeps you going is the plot. Kate Morgenroth is one of the most creative writers I've ever read from. The story is of a boy who has witnessed his younger brother's death. It goes through a day in his life over and over again, and with each repeat, I swear, your heart speeds up. This book is so good at keeping you glued to its' pages. If you want a really good, fast read, th ...more
Jude, another book by Morgenroth, is an underground classic in my classes, but until last week, I'd never investigated whether she had other books...and she does! More YAL and adult fiction too.

Morgenroth seems to really understand young men in pain. Justin playfully goaded his little brother into pulling the trigger of a gun, and Mark dies in front of Justin's horrified face. Nothing can ever be the same and nothing can ever be ok after something like that.

We follow Justin through a day of ago
Jun 19, 2011 Meaghan rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 05, 2010 Kezia rated it really liked it
i can really relate to this book because i had a friend who's 13 year old brother committed suicide. my friend was devastated and also tried to follow in his younger brother's footsteps but only succeeded in putting himself in a coma. when he woke up he was depressed and came to me for help. he told me that while he was unconscious for the seven months in his coma, he kept reliving the day his little brother died. i made him write it all down in a journal and he never showed anyone but me. five ...more
Macey Schoenick
Dec 18, 2012 Macey Schoenick rated it it was amazing
I felt the author did a great job on catching my attention at the beginning of this book. This book is about how two brothers who are in their parent's bedroom watching TV when things go terribly wrong. Justin has flashbacks of what happened that day, but can never seem to get rid of them. One day, a voice appears in Justin’s head and makes Justin keep reliving the worst day of his life. Things are different each day on how Justin could've done things differently that day.
I recommend this book
Oct 06, 2014 Cindy rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen, 2016
Really good book. Not recommended for young teens, but such a good description of how trauma and grief can tear a family or even a person apart.
Dec 03, 2010 Chrisitana rated it it was ok
This book replays the same scenerio over and over again. It was getting a little annoying. This was my least favorite Morgenroth book. I give this one a 2.5.
Christina Wilder
An intense look at grief through the eyes of an unreliable narrator. Worth a read.
Jul 06, 2013 Midge rated it really liked it
I was browsing at a thrift shop a few weeks back, looking for some secondhand books, and I came across Echo by Kate Morgenroth. It looked like a short, easy story that I could breeze through within a day or so, so I picked it up.

Yes, I was right that you could read it quite quickly, but I was dead wrong when I assumed it would just be a quick novel without much depth. I was pleasantly surprised when I began reading this book: it seemed very fast paced, but yet extremely realistic.

Echo starts ou
Jun 10, 2014 Kelsey rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people suffering anger-management issues, social anxiety, deep regret
Shelves: almost-perfect
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May 26, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it
Reading this book was dreadful; not only because I'm not a fan of reading books, but the story line dragged and didn't really have a point. Some people have hyped up the author who wrote is book as "Brilliant, lovely, and thrilling", but I feel like she's written better work than this book for her to own up to those titles.
The main character Justin was once a well known student around his school. He was a popular school athlete, had one of the prettiest girls in the school, and had friends. All
Haley Johnson
Jan 15, 2016 Haley Johnson rated it liked it
“Echo” by Kate Morgenroth, begins with Justin, a freshman in highschool and star athlete, witnessing his younger brother dying from being shot in the head and blames himself for urging his brother to pull the trigger. The book then skips to exactly one year after the incident took place, and Justin is now a trouble social outcast. He goes through a tough day at school of being ridiculed, ending with him pushing his former best friend down a flight of stairs, and when he goes home he attempts to ...more
Emma Y
Oct 27, 2015 Emma Y rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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Mar 27, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
At only 137 pages this book was a very fast paced read. I read the whole thing yesterday. This book was intense. The whole time I was reading I was nervous about what was going to happen next.
The book starts with the main character Justin, 15, and his brother Mark, 12 home alone and bored because their mom has locked up the TV in order to keep them from sitting in front of it while she is at work. Mark wants to watch his favorite show and is determined to break the lock off of the cabinet. The f
Apr 03, 2015 Lindseym15 rated it really liked it

This month, I read Echo by Kate Morgenroth. It is about a boy named Justin whose brother dies within the first chapter of the book. The story then continues on with Justin’s life after the accident. Justin is a defensive kid who gets in trouble a lot at school and is angry with his parents. Morgenroth shows this with Justin’s actions throughout the day, while Justin justifies his actions with what the voice in his head says is okay. Morgenroth plays the same day over three times in a row in Ech
Dec 29, 2007 Karin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youngadult
ECHO is a tragic and heart-wrenching tale of loss and one brother's experience of dealing with the post-traumatic stress following the incident that takes his younger brother's life.

It's been a year since Justin's younger brother, Mark, died from an accidental gun shot to the head. Both boys were watching TV in their parents' bedroom and started rough housing over the control of the remote control. Justin was easily able to overpower Mark because of his increased size and strength. In retaliatio
Iowa City Public Library
I came to this book much like the typical teenaged reluctant reader. I saw a bold, clean, somewhat mysterious cover. I was curious. I picked it up and saw it was under 200 pages. SOLD!

The story starts in a prologue. Two brothers, older Justin and younger Mark, are lazily passing time after school. Mom and Dad are still at work. Mom has taken to locking up the TV in a cabinet because Mark watches too much. Mark is quite fidgety this day and ends up breaking into Mom & Dad’s room to watch thei
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
Josie M.
Feb 14, 2015 Josie M. rated it liked it
This book was OK. I thought the concept was interesting but the execution of the story could have been better. This book is basically about a boy named Justin who relives his one year anniversary of brothers accidental death. Justin goes throughout the book reliving a horrible day at school over and over again. Each time some details of the day are altered to help the reader get an idea of what is going in Justin's mind. The first time Justin goes through the day I thought it was interesting, es ...more
Tory Walters
Sep 12, 2011 Tory Walters rated it really liked it
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Derrek Ross
May 09, 2011 Derrek Ross rated it liked it
I thought Echo by Kate Morgenroth was an okay book. Although it was very strange and somewhat hard to follow, i thought it was an average novel. It proved to be an easy read that kept the reader interested. The book is hard to follow by the seperate stories told about the main character, each with a different perspective.By describing the life of a person after an extremely tramatic event Morgenroth shows the different perspectives a person can have on their own actions. I thought the author tri ...more
Jan 28, 2008 Guy rated it really liked it
Echo van de Amerikaanse Kate Morgenroth, en mijn favoriet uit het lijstje. Qua sfeer hangt her ergens tussen Gus Van Sants Elephant en een iets minder geflipte versie van Donnie Darko. Een populaire tiener ziet hoe zijn broer zichzelf door het hoofd schiet en maakt mee hoe de wereld rondom hem volledig uiteenvalt. Een jaar later is hij de outcast van de school, de paria die met iedereen in onmin leeft. Een recept voor een zoveelste trauma-roman, maar dan krijgt het boek een surreële wending door ...more
Rachel Brooks
Oct 03, 2014 Rachel Brooks rated it liked it
Echo is a pretty good book, it is about a boy named Justin, whose brother died, and he went from being the most popular and athletic kid in school to being a nobody. He use to date the prettiest girl in the school, but now they never talk to each other. He has no friends, and all of his old friends now bully him, and treat him like trash. On top of it all he now hears a voice inside of his head that makes him reply, the day his brother was killed in a very tragic manor, he kind of has PTSD, i gu ...more
Aug 03, 2007 Trevor rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teens looking for psychological, suspenseful books
Shelves: teen-lit-read
In a carefully constructed psychological mind bender with a twist, Kate Morgenroth delivers to us a young man named Justin. One year ago, Justin had a brother, Mark. Justin also had a girlfriend, a best friend, and a pretty normal life complete with parents obsessed with the household television intake. That was until in one freakish second, Mark was gone. On this, the one-year anniversary of the event that changed all their lives, Justin must live, and re-live the present day: breakfast served ...more
May 03, 2010 Jean rated it really liked it
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Jaylen Reese
Nov 04, 2013 Jaylen Reese rated it it was amazing
Justin is a young person who finds himself stuck in reality. He finds himself reliving the worst day of his life over and over. He also finds himself separated from his friends, family, and his girl friend. The only thing that he has left is this voice that resides in his head. All of this is because of the one day that he became the accuser of his younger brother's death.

Echo is nothing but a suspense filled book from beginning to end. The aspect of reliving a day again and again makes the sto
Nic King
Sep 01, 2011 Nic King rated it it was amazing
Echo can be a very fast read, but by no means is a simple one. This book is a heavy physiological thriller that would be perfect for any late teen, and especially any that have dealt with the loss of a family member or depression. After the death of their youngest son, Justin's family slowly disintegrates into callous state by not dealing with the reality of the situation. Plauged by doubt of the situation and the voice inside his head, Justine revels in post-traumatic stress that sends him on a ...more
May 30, 2012 Alexmendez rated it liked it
Author's name kate morgenroth title ECHO. my opinion of this book was it was thrilling to see so many changes and catastrofies because of how a constant suspence was lifted open the book and the reader to it was and ok book.its a fiction book, setting is modern time in a house charecters are justin an mark they are brothers an there parents a powerful quote whats life without death some were in the middle. this book reminded me of memories a book i once read that has a basic plot just like this ...more
Int'l librarian
Unreliable narrator. That concept describes this story well enough. Justin has to relive the two worst days of his life over and over again, in order to face some disturbing truths, and unreliable memories. The echoes are painfully violent, and in this sense, Morgenroth has created a strong novel.

Too much of the unreliability, however, seems unintentional. Justin and his friends have always been more cruel than sympathetic. So why should the reader care whether this is really a case of Billy to
ACS Librarian
Unreliable narrator. That concept describes this story well enough. Justin has to relive the two worst days of his life over and over again, in order to face some disturbing truths, and unreliable memories. The echoes are painfully violent, and in this sense, Morgenroth has created a strong novel.

Too much of the unreliability, however, seems unintentional. Justin and his friends have always been more cruel than sympathetic. So why should the reader care whether this is really a case of Billy to
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