Official Rating: 2/5
“Casey Donovan has issues: hair, height and uncontrollable trips to the 19th century! And now this –she’s accidentally taken Nate Mackenzie, the cutest boy in the school, back in time. Awkward. Protocol pressures her to tell their 1860 hosts that he is her brother and when Casey finds she has a handsome, wealthy (and unwanted) suitor, something changes in Nate. Are those romantic sparks or is it just “brotherly” protectiveness? When they return to the present, things go back to the way they were before: Casey parked on the bottom of the rung of the social ladder and Nate perched high on the very the top. Except this time her heart is broken. Plus, her best friend is mad, her parents are split up, and her younger brother gets escorted home by the police. The only thing that could make life worse is if, by some strange twist of fate, she took Nate back to the past again. Which of course, she does.”
Note: There are spoilers in this review, I wrote the text in the lightest shade just in case you decide to read this book for yourself. Just highlight it and you’ll be able to read it.
Based on the blurb/summary, I was expecting an interesting story about a quirky girl who has to deal with the past and present because of her uncontrollable trips back in time. Then, suddenly, she takes her crush back with her, oh no! I was hoping for an epic adventure back in time that eventually draws the two of them together. Unfortunately, I didn’t receive that.
I felt that this could have been an adventurous and interesting read filled with a complicated love story about a teenage girl that has to deal with the present and the past along with a high school crush. But instead I got a teenager that sounds like a middle schooler that called her crush’s girlfriend stupid for no reason, who is fairly good at and completely comfortable with telling the people close to her, and everyone she meets, lies.
The writing didn’t make me feel like I was in the story, just that I was reading one, everything is told to me rather than shown. It read like a children’s book, with simple sentences and phrases and while they were supposed to be teenagers in high school, I felt like they were in middle school. And something that I have to mention because of how much it bothered me was was Casey insisting that Jessica, the girl that Nate is dating in high-school, is stupid. There is nothing that proves that she is stupid, Casey stating that she’s stupid as if it is a fact, even though it was entirely an opinion. Why is was this something necessary for the author to write? It’s improper to have a teenager calling another girl stupid (for the most part just because she’s dating her crush) as if it’s something okay to do.
On top of that, Jessica had more personality than Casey did and I would’ve liked to see it from her point of view in all honesty. At one point, this is a conversation between Casey and Nate, Nate speaking first.
“You’re nothing like I thought you were, back at school.”
“I don’t know, quiet, boring, uninspired.”
“Obviously, the opposite.”
I wish she was the opposite. Casey was quiet, boring, uninspired, unemotional, had a ridiculous obsession over Nate, and just fell flat for me. The two people she was even remotely close to, Lucinda and Willie, she doesn’t interact with very much. I honestly would’ve liked to have seen some more interaction between her and Willie, if he wasn’t in the past and she was in the future, I would’ve liked to see them get together. Maybe it would have helped Casey have more of a personality because I felt she was nothing like the girl on the cover (who doesn’t look like her at all) who looks like she might have a wonderful and energetic personality.
The author managed to have a love triangle, (spoiler)one of the men (Robert) that she meets back in the past somehow falls in love with her even though he knows absolutely nothing about her. But, he attacks her (spoiler) because she refused him of marrying her so that Nate can suddenly come back from brooding just in time to save her effectively taking Robert out of the story (spoiler) so that Nate admit he likes Casey. One of the instances that was a little too coincidental for my taste.
All in all, I give it two stars. One for the idea and another because though there was no suspense or (real) plot twists, it was still a tad interesting to read about the antagonist, who was written rather well, and her trips back to the past (mostly when she interacted with (spoiler) Willie or Sara).