Friday, May 17, 2013

RETURN TO ME by Justina Chen

Thanks to Joanne Fritz for recommending this book.

Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 352
Nothing is going as planned for Rebecca Muir. She's weeks away from starting college--at a school chosen specifically to put a few thousand miles of freedom between Reb and her parents. But her dad's last-minute job opportunity has her entire family moving all those miles with her! And then there's the matter of her unexpected, amazing boyfriend, Jackson, who is staying behind on the exact opposite coast.

And if that isn't enough to deal with, mere days after moving cross-country, Reb's dad drops shocking, life-changing news. With her mother and brother overwhelmed and confused, Reb is left alone to pick up the pieces of her former life. But how can she do that when everything can change in an instant? How can she trust her "perfect" boyfriend when her own dad let her down? Reb started the year knowing exactly what her future would hold, but now that her world has turned upside down, will she discover what she really wants?
My take: I really adored this book. The writing is beautiful and the character sucks you in to her world that's spiralling out of control. Reb is trying to find her place down a path she never expected to wander on and I think everyone can relate to it. I also enjoyed that her want in life is to become an architect. It's a profession I haven't seen in teen books before. It's refreshing. The touch of the unknown "magic," so to speak, is fantastic too. Right up my alley. It's following-your-gut type thing brought up a couple of notches. It wasn't over the top and I think it fit into the story well. I would recommend this. A great summer read.
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Have you read this book? Thoughts?
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Have a great weekend!!


  1. Haven't read it, still working on Days of Blood and Starlight, which is very very good :)

  2. I'm so glad you liked it, Christine! I found the writing absolutely gorgeous, as you know. :) And I also liked that she wanted to be an architect. I've written part of a middle grade novel with a main character, also a girl, who wants to be an architect. Maybe I should go back to that book!