Written by Julie Cross
# of pages: 334
Average Rating: 3.74/5
My Rating: 4/5
Read in June 2013
Jackson is a 19 year-old who seems to be a normal guy - he is going to college, he has a girlfriend, and he can travel through time. So maybe he's not that normal after all. Whenever he travels into the past, he does not change anything, it is mostly just for fun and adventure. It is all fun and games until one day strangers appear in his girlfriend Holly's apartment and something happens that changes Jackson's life and puts people in danger. Now it is up to Jackson to try and rescue Holly, all while uncovering secrets from his past, and learning more about himself and what he really appreciates ( or doesn't appreciate enough) about his life.
I found parts of this book to be obvious of what would happen next in the story, rather than building the anticipation in the reader.
This book took me almost a month to read, because I found the first half of the plot to be very slow and boring. Once I sat down in a very quiet place, and put all of my thoughts and energy into this book, I found it quite easy to get sucked into the story and enjoy the rest of it.
This story was told in first person perspective from the main character Jackson, but there were other characters in Jackson's life. That being said, I figured I would reflect on who was my favourite character. Out of all of the characters in this novel, I would pick Adam - Jackson's best friend - as my favourite. He was a great comedic relief to plot points, he was a great part in Jackson's journey as he figured out formulas, came up with theories and conclusions, and was just a great overall help.
My least favourite character was Holly - yes, Jackson's girlfriend - because I found her to be annoying. I could compare he to that fly on your windshield that never goes away. There were times in this story where I found that she was getting in the way of things, saying things she didn't need to, etc. Let's hope that Holly acquires some character development, and is a lot easier to deal with in the second novel.
Overall, this book didn't live up to my expectations, but the ending made up for that. It left you with a bit of a cliffhanger, and made me want to pick up the sequel. This book felt more like a romance novel to me than anything else, and I believe that is what set me off on the wrong foot with it.