Nowhere But Here

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

“‘Running is still running. It doesn’t matter if it’s a physical move from one place to another or if it’s within yourself.'”

GoodReads’ Description

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 Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both. 

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.


I was so excited to read this as I am a big Katie McGarry fan and even even bigger Sons of Anarchy fan. I have literally been waiting forever for a motorcycle club romance plot to be tackled by a young adult author.

However, the book didn’t live up to my high expectations. The love story seemed a bit rushed, Emily and Oz went from hating each other to madly in love rater quickly without spending much time together. I also couldn’t get past the fact that Emily’s mother didn’t fight harder to prevent her daughter from living with the Reign of Terror for the summer.

I wanted this book to be more like SOA with real rival gang violence (although I guess that is my fault, since that can’t really happen in a YA novel) and thought the “huge” secret and the ultimate rival gang confirmation was just  big let down. But I did love Oz and Katie McGarry is one of the best YA authors, this book just didn’t do it for me. 2.5/5 stars.

2 Purple Stars




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