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Nowhere But Here

(Thunder Road #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  16,334 ratings  ·  2,110 reviews
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
May 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, 2015, arc, romance
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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
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I thought this was a wonderful book.

Emily is caught up in having to go spend some time with her biological father Eli, who is in a motorcycle gang. She thinks her father abandoned her and her mother when she was little but that is not the case. I was very surprised when I found out the truth of what happened!

Oz is a boy around her age and they fall in love over time as he is forced to watch over her because of some issues with a rival gang.

This story is abo
Jennifer Kyle
Nov 28, 2013 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.”

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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 he
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 ...more
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
Mar 27, 2015 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 lo
Jun 10, 2015 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
Sarah Elizabeth
(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 sh
Tamara Obradović
May 17, 2014 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 swe
Amy | Foxy Blogs
I found this to be a solid 4 star read for me. My love for motorcycle romance started years ago after watching the tv show - SOA (which really isn't a romance tv series). I was drawn to the gritty world of bikers. So, when I discovered there were books that were about motorcycle clubs and they had romance in them, I knew I found a genre I'd be reading a lot of.

Emily is a 17 years old who has spent her life in the dark about her mother and biological father's past. She's met her father a few ti
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
VERY excited for this new series!
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3 stars

This is a book that started out strong but then fizzled out a bit. Overall I still really enjoyed it, but it needed to be a lot shorter and there was some last minute drama thrown in at the end that I didn't enjoy. What I mean is the pacing was all off, very slow and then super fast!

I did love the writing and the characters and I want to read the other books in the series. This just isn't McGarry's strongest work.

Remember, as per Goodreads rating 3 stars means I liked it! So that's how
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
Lo Bookfrantic
4.5 Stars

I really loved Oz he is eighteen years old trying to prove himself in the eyes of his family to become the next prospect in the MC club. However his loyalty is put on the test when he is forced to babysit Emily, the daughter of one of the MC members.

Emily is seventeen years old, living in Florida she grew up with no worries or care in the world. She was an only child and she kinda got on my nerves at the beginning haha but I slowly warned up to her.

This story was different and refresh
Lindsey Rey
May 26, 2015 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. ...more
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 (kitchandpages)
Dec 12, 2014 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
Kelli C
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
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I have had this book on my shelves for sooooo long but had never gotten around to actually reading it. I absolutely adore Katie's YA contemporaries, but for some reason I just never picked this one up. When I drew this title from my TBR Jar for May, I could not have been more excited. I read it and ended up loving this book even more than I thought i would!

Emily has a pretty good life with a great mom and stepdad who are always there for her. At 17, she's used to only seeing her birth dad once
May 26, 2015 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
May 21, 2015 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
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, teen-novels
I really liked this book. I’ve been wanting to read more MC books and this was just what I needed. I find MC’s to be so fascinating. I loved learning about their world and how they operate.

Eli reminded me so much of FP Jones from Riverdale. Both are biker dudes who will stop at nothing to protect their kids.

I liked the romance even though it was a bit cliche.

I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the books and finding more out about the other characters.
Lisa (lifeinlit)
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, e-arc, 2015
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
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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
Mar 14, 2022 rated it it was ok
My friend received this book from someone that she knew that thought because it said "Young Adult", and she obviously had no idea what that meant... that it would be appropriate for her 9-year-old granddaughter. It's about 5 or 6 years "too old" for a 9-year-old so I thought I'd give it a try for challenge. I had to keep reminding myself that this girl is supposed to be 17-years old. With that age in mind I would have to say that the character of Emily came off as weak and whiney, clingy and tot ...more
"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.


Mar 03, 2015 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
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it

This book is about a sheltered young girl who is forced to go out of her comfort zone and discover the truth about her family and her past. Emily goes to Kentucky for a funeral but it turns out, the person is not dead but very much alive. It is a love story between people who grew up in different worlds. It explores various types of families, values and how they support each other.

My review!!

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Katie McGarry's writing is smooth and free-flowing. I liked seei
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
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KATIE MCGARRY is an award winning and critically acclaimed novelist of the Witches of the Island series (A Wicked and Beautiful Garden), the Pushing the Limits, Thunder Road, and Only a Breath Apart series and the standalone novel, Say You’ll Remember Me. Katie is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is currently living out her own love story with her husband, three children, h ...more

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