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When Lydia stumbles into a portal that transports her to a dangerous and strange new reality, she discovers that all the stories she's ever heard about the Montauk Project are true, and that she's in the middle of one of the most dangerous experiments in history.
Alongside a darkly mysterious boy she is wary to trust, Lydia begins to unravel the secrets surrounding the Project. But the truths behind these secrets force her to question all her choices—and if Lydia chooses wrong, she might not save her family but destroy them . . . and herself.
Engaging Time Travel Tale
First off I have to admit I have a problem with some time-travel stories as the protagonist just ends up back in time without any real explanation on how this happened or there isn't real enough consequences of what occurs after the trip. This story though kept my interest as it felt as if it could happen plus there's real consequences to messing with the time line.
When I first started reading SO CLOSE TO YOU, I was hooked. The whole premise of a teen listening to the so-called conspiracy tales of her grandfather rang true to me. I really liked Lydia as she has a close relationship with her grandfather even though others think he's a little nuts. I like how the family is portrayed too without the snark that is almost too common in a lot of YAs out there.
What I really loved is what happens after Lydia goes back in time. She encounters her great-grandfather right before he goes missing in 1944. She also stumbles on secrets and finds out maybe grandpa wasn't so wrong after all. Her struggles and conflicts with whether or not she should mess with time are put to the test especially when she runs into Wes, a mysterious boy, who seems to follow her. Wes might have the key to helping Lydia go back to 2012 and also on helping her family.
There's twists and turns throughout the story with a revelation at the end that shows the consequence of going back in time. The author calls it the 'butterfly effect'.
The pop culture references to 1944 didn't take over the story either which is a huge plus.
Think The Time Traveler's Wife meets YA. This is a Sci-Fi that works on many levels. There's action, suspense, and even a hint of a forbidden romance. I can't wait to read the second book which follows up with the consequence of Lydia's choice.
I have been WAITING (im)patiently for that book that sets me on the edge of my seat. The one that puts all my senses on overdrive and dives me head first into a world that I can’t get enough of. This book did it. And it hit me with the force of an 18-wheeler. I feel that the universe is back in my favor. And I thank you for that, Rachel Carter.
I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump, and was disappointed in the last few novels I had read. I looked to So Close to You as the changing point to that. It had a lot to live up to, and I didn’t want my expectations to be let down.
But I’ll be damned if this book just did it for me. Over and over.
The time traveling! Frickin’ awesome. I had no idea the book was even about this!
The romance! Oh my God, Wes is adorable. There is just something about a mysterious guy that gets me. Yeah, I am that girl.
I found myself tearing up at times, because Lydia’s relationship with her grandpa is just too sweet.
So yeah. I don’t know how long the sequel to this will be out (tell me it’s soon!), but the ending left me in pieces.
I want more, Mrs. Carter. The world you created is awesome.