Correlation by Mia Grace is a clean YA read with elements of time travel and romance

Correlation by Mia Grace is a clean YA read with elements of time travel and romance

Correlation is clean YA contemporary fiction with a little time travel and a little romance thrown into the mix. While it will probably be a good choice for middle and high school readers who just want a light and easy read, I think the lack of complexity might leave some adult readers a little disappointed.  


Goodreads Summary

When the past and the present collide…

Hailey Kent knows how she wants to spend the summer before her junior year in high school: hanging out at the pool with Jenna, her BFF; riding her new trail bike on Vermont’s country roads; and flirting with Jenna’s hot older brother, Cody. 

Hailey’s plans are shattered when a post-graduation accident puts her brother into a coma. Feeling guilty for not stopping him from going out that night, she seeks solace in exploring an old house and its overgrown gardens.

A mysterious correlation of events propels her back in time to the Vietnam War era, where she realizes she can use her knowledge of one boy’s fate to save his life.

But first, Hailey needs to convince him of her sanity. 

My Thoughts

 While I found Correlation to be a fast and easy read with enough conflict to keep me engaged, it was light on depth.  Emotions are fairly surface and motivated by clear factors.  Characters are angry, sad, or surprised, but there isn’t a lot of complexity, probably due to the third person point of view.  That is okay.  Sometimes I don’t want to wallow in emotions, and I didn’t really have to in this book.  The method of time travel, too is quite simple and I was able to accept the hows and whys I was given as a reader.  I think I enjoyed the second half of the book more because Hailey, the protagonist wasn’t as snotty teen (understandably so).  However, I had some conflicted feelings for the enormous shift, and I think most readers will find a lingering dismay at some of the consequences of Hailey’s decision.  The romance is light and sweet.  

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.


About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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