Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Released: November 3rd 2015
My Rating: 1.5 stars out of 5
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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 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. (from Goodreads)
First of all, Cassandra. Ugh. All she did was complain and go on and on. And okay, we all complain, it’s human nature. But this was excessive. And there was no balance. This girl had no sense of humour, no good qualities to make up for the complaining - she just had a massive sense of entitlement and pissed me off throughout. And oh my God, her line about Lawrence being her “soulmate” after knowing him for about ten minutes made me actually put my Kindle down and sigh in disappointment. For God’s sake, she was so overdramatic. And this was so insta-lovey. They barely knew each other, the whole thing could have been some elaborate scheme - she didn’t know! Ugh. I just can’t get on board with romances like this. I don’t think it’s romantic to place all your hope and trust into some randomer from another decade who you’ve known less than a month.
And Lawrence really was no better. He fell for Cassandra seemingly because he thought clothes from the 21st century were sexy. And his dialogue! The sappiness! It was so cringey. Plus, he found out he was going to be murdered and his reaction was just to spend more time with Cassandra. WHAT. And Cassandra was like “maybe we shouldn’t see each other anymore” - well it’s too late now Cassandra! Get your act together and help the boy if you supposedly love him so much. And Lawrence (and Cassandra) were both SO dense. It was SO obvious to the reader who was responsible for Lawrence’s murder that having the characters not be able to figure it out was just annoying because we knew from the start what was going to happen and we just had to watch these guys faff about for ages before realising who the culprit was. Also Travis? Can we talk about Travis? He was wiped from existence and no-one seemed to care! He was Cassandra’s friend! And his ancestor who died in Lawrence’s time period was one of Lawrence’s closest friends, but he gave a crap for all of two pages before forgetting about him completely and just focussing on Cassandra, who was indirectly responsible for his death. Ugggh.
Plot-wise, the time travel explanation made no sense whatsoever. Something to do with the moon? What even? And the ending! I actually liked the ending, but the connotations it had in regard to the timelines made it all make even LESS sense. I don’t want to spoil too much, but in relation to the poet - how could both timelines exist simultaneously? Cassandra changed the past - so how could the poet have existed as one person before she did, and another person after? The poet DID exist before Cassandra changed the past. He existed ALONGSIDE newspaper articles about Lawrence’s death (spoiler, highlight to read) meaning at the start of the book, the poet could not have been Lawrence(end of spoiler). So how was that possible? Was the poet two different people, or the same guy? He couldn’t have been the same person before the timeline was changed, unless Cassandra’s changing the past was always accounted for in the timeline - which can’t be right, seeing as poor Travis vanished from existence, meaning the timeline was actively changing. Plus, if that were the case, why would the newspaper articles ever have existed? The poet guy at the beginning therefore was not the same guy at the end but somehow they had the same name and wrote the same poetry. Okay, sure. I’ll just stay confused. (Seriously, did I miss something? Was this explained and I somehow didn’t read it?)
Overall, I didn’t enjoy this book. It was a confusing, sappy, overdramatic festival of cheese and I’d only recommend it if you fancy having a real laugh at how bad it is. The only reason it has 1.5 stars and not 1 is because I did like the ending - though I would have liked it more if it made sense. Seeing as this has a pretty high rating on Goodreads though, I am in the minority, so maybe read some other people’s reviews if you still feel like giving it a go.