Published by Sourcebooks Fire on November 3rd 2015
Genres: Fiction, mystery, Sci Fi
Source: Free for Review
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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 ownÂ—and that the year is 1925Â—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 loveÂ—and Lawrence's lifeÂ—into jeopardy. Desperate to save him, Cassandra must find a way to change historyÂ…or risk losing Lawrence forever.
When I was reading this book, I kept thinking of the movie, The Lake House. They aren’t overly similar, expect they do share two features. Whey are both based at a vacation home on the water and they are both time travel books. Still, reading this book made me want to go rent and rewatch The Lake House. I only have a vague memory of it and a feeling that I liked it. This book had a similar feel even though the plot was very different.
This was a extremely quick read. I picked it up in the morning and finished it on my lunch break. That can be both a good thing or a bad thing. It flowed well but there wasn’t much depth to the story. It was interesting that things happened in the past or the present and that Cassandra and Lawrence Â only ever interacted on the beach. I really liked how their times and their togetherness was linked with the ocean.
However, there were some negatives. I didn’t understand Cassandra’s mother’s motives at all. At the beginning of the book Cassandra gets in trouble and gets grounded. She’s not allowed to go out and have fun, except for when a certain boy shows up. Cassandra wants to stay home and spend time on the beach with Lawrence. However, her mother pushes her out the door and insists that she go on dates and to parties instead of staying home. Yet her mother reminds Cassandra that she’s grounded at every opportunity. While this odd and bipolar punishment method drove the plot, it didn’t make any sense.
The other issue I had with this book is more difficult to explain. It contains a major spoiler, but I will leave that out. This issue was a major problem for me. I ran around complaining to everyone who would listen about how much this annoyed me.Â I love time travel. Back to the Future is one of my favorite movies. What I like best about time travel is the way that the current future changes when events are changed in the past. That’s the entire reason time travel is interesting. Its amazing to watch the repercussions ripple from one small change. The Butterfly Effect. This huge issue for me was when the time repercussion ripples didn’t flow correctly. I shouldn’t be able to notice a glaring mistake. Especially there is only one reason to read a time travel book in my mind, and this ruined it.