Renee Collins’ Until We Meet Again – time travel YA romance with a Gatsby era flair

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Renee Collins’ Until We Meet Again – time travel YA romance with a Gatsby era flair

The star-crossed and time bending couple in this book can only meet on the private beach of a house they inhabit in their respective times.  This strange anomaly of time will have a lasting impact on two teens from two different eras who are each feeling a little lost about their future plans, and it might even change the course of history, at least on a small but important scale.  This isn’t just a love story or a time travel book, it’s also a mystery full of Gatsby style society and Sopranos style crime. I will say that I hovered between a three and four star rating, and many of the time travel books coming out in the upcoming year blow this one out of the water, but I am a sucker for so many elements at play here.

This book will be released on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

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Goodreads Summary

They exist in two different centuries, but their love defies time

Cassandra craves drama and adventure, so the last thing she wants is to spend her summer marooned with her mother and stepfather in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. But when a dreamy stranger shows up on their private beach claiming it’s his own—and that the year is 1925—she is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making.

As she searches for answers in the present, Cassandra discovers a truth that puts their growing love—and Lawrence’s life—into jeopardy. Desperate to save him, Cassandra must find a way to change history…or risk losing Lawrence forever.

My Thoughts

Cass and Lawrence, the protagonists, are pretty likeable characters.  Her modern day snark and his jazz era sensibilities work pretty well together, and they do have a  romantic and sweet courtship amid the sand and surf.  It will likely leave readers longing for an old fashioned guy with a penchant for poetry.  The story is a pretty fast read but it does allow for a believable romantic relationship to develop.  I did think that the pace was often disrupted by one of the subplots.  In an effort to further thwart a seemingly doomed love and to create a parallel situation between Cass and Lawrence, the author chose to gift Cass with an ardent pursuer in her 2015 life.  I felt like that subplot flopped for some reason.  I guess it was just the stalker vibe the guy gave off, but I think the story would have been better off without his awkwardly determined courtship.  It didn’t ruin the book, and I still think lots of my high school students will enjoy this story, but it did hurt the flow.  Fans of time travel and romance will enjoy this book.  Language and situations are appropriate for grades 7+.

I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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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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