01 April 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Living Backwards by Tracy Sweeney

Who wants to redo their high school years? Anyone? Anyone? Yeah, okay. Me either. But this book takes the main character right back there, via a bump on the head. Welcome to high school, folks. Hang on tight!

This is one of those genres that’s hard to pin down, it’s a bit of chick lit with a little bit of time travel and a whole lot of drama. I will admit that when the author sent me this book for review earlier this month, I was drawn to the cover – dude, there’s a pink sparkly flask on it! Judge me, go ahead, but I do judge books by their cover at times.

Exceptionally well developed characters and a well put together plot round this out to be an outstanding read. Oh, there’s nothing life altering here, it’s all just good honest beach type reading, but it was really fun. I especially liked the parts of her dealing with her parents.

Highly recommended for chick lit lovers that like a little twist.

Twenty-nine-year-old Jillian Cross refuses to believe that a pair of skinny jeans has led to her untimely demise. Life just isn’t that cruel. But when an overly-enthusiastic attempt at squeezing herself into them leads her to fall and lose consciousness, she is faced with just that possibility. When she awakens with both a bruised ego and a bump on her head, she’s not in her tiny apartment but her childhood bedroom circa 1999-the spring of her senior year in high school. Jillian knows that time travel isn’t logical. But then again, neither was her decision to wear skinny jeans. As she attempts to navigate her way through the halls of Reynolds High, walking the same path and making the same choices she made years before, she knows that any change she makes can have a catastrophic effect on her future. But when she strikes up an unexpected friendship with motorcycle-riding, cigarette-smoking Luke Chambers, can she pretend to be the same shy girl she once was? At least she has her pink sparkly flask to take the edge off. One little change won’t hurt, right?

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2013: 17

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