Monday, July 20, 2015

Rewind to You by Laura Johnston

Rewind To You by Laura JohnstonOne last summer before college on beautiful Tybee Island is supposed to help Sienna forget. But how can she? This is where her family spent every summer before everything changed, before the world as she knew it was ripped away.

But the past isn't easily left behind. Especially when Sienna keeps having episodes that take her back to the night she wants to forget. Even when she meets the mysterious Austin Dobbs, the guy with the intense blue eyes, athlete's body, and weakness for pralines who scooped her out of trouble when she blacked out on River Street.

When she's with Austin, Sienna feels a whole new world opening up to her. Austin has secrets, and she has history. But caught between the past and the future, Sienna can still choose what happens now. . .

Was Austin too good to be true or what?  A good bad boy? Yes please.

I really liked how well-developed the characters were. I liked the confusion Sienna felt about Austin and Kyle. It was very characteristic of what teenage girls feel. I liked the neutral character of Brian, but even he wasn't one-dimensional, because he liked Sienna, too, and they all knew it. Sienna was a little dumb, like we all are at that age, but certainly not annoying, like a lot of female YA MCs are. That was much appreciated, and I found her actions and decisions more believable because of it.

You know who was annoying, though? Her mom. She and Kyle both seemed a bit over-stereotypical. The people who should have loved Sienna best were her enemies, using their own grief and insecurities to prevent her from progressing. So...I guess they were supposed to be annoying and it worked well.

The plot was present and well-thought out. I did not think it was necessary for Austin to be in the accident. It seemed like an additional plot point pretty late in the game, an additional conflict when they had already overcome the conflicts that had been set up in the beginning. But...that's just me and conflict. I don't like it. :)

Overall, this was a great book. Good story. Memorable characters. Fantastic writing.

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