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.
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.
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.