Today I am reviewing the YA time travel romance ‘So Close To You’ by Rachel Carter. It is the third book I am reading for the YA+MG Time Travel Reading Challenge I’m participating in.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Rachel Carter launches a mind-blowing time-travel trilogy with her YA novel So Close to You.
Lydia Bentley doesn’t believe the rumors about the Montauk Project, that there’s some sort of government conspiracy involving people vanishing and tortured children. But her grandfather is sure that the Project is behind his father’s disappearance more than sixty years earlier.
While helping her grandfather search Camp Hero, a seemingly abandoned military base on Long Island, for information about the disappearance, Lydia is transported back to 1944—just a few days before her great-grandfather’s disappearance.
Lydia begins to unravel the dark secrets of the Montauk Project and her own family history, despite warnings from Wes, a mysterious boy she is powerfully attracted to but not sure she should trust.
3.5 out of 5 stars.
I had high expectations for this book. I really thought I would delve right into it and fall in love with it and it would be another 4-5 star read. It was good, and I did enjoy it, I just didn’t fall in love with it.
Lydia, our main character, has grown up all her life listening to her grandfather talk about his missing father and how it has something to do with the local conspiracy theory called the Montauk project (which is an actually conspiracy in real life which is really intriguing.)
The first couple of chapters didn’t hook me. There is a lot of going on about her grandpa and his theory. It’s not until she walks down into the secret under ground facility and accidentally transports herself to 1944 that things start to get interesting.
She is followed by a boy named Wes who is part of the Montauk project. He sees her go in the time machine and followers her to 1944 because he wants to keep her safe and bring her back to her own time.
Lydia (rather recklessly, I think) has gone to the same week her great grandfather disappears and decides she is going to try and stop that from happening – despite Wes’s warning that it could dramatically change the future – including resulting in her not being born. But she is stubborn and determined and goes off to find her family anyway.
At the Bentley’s we meet Mary, Lydia’s great-great aunt. Mary was one of the highlight’s of this book. She was such a fun, bubbly character, someone you’d love to be a friend with.
I think Carter captured 1944 really well and it was a really interesting time period to choose.
Some might say there is a love triangle, but I don’t think it really was. There is Lucas, the soldier who finds Lydia when she appears in 1944, who likes her, but the feelings weren’t really reciprocated by Lyida. (A love triangle to me is when the girl likes both boys almost equally.)
Now for the romance. I actually loved Wes and Lydia. They didn’t get as much time together as I wanted, but I enjoyed the moments that they were together. Wes was a very intriguing and complex character who has been shaped by a horrible life. They move really fast so there is a bit of insta-love happening but in this case I didn’t mind it.
Over all it was a good read with an interesting cliffhanger. I will definitely be reading the second installment ‘This Strange and Familiar Place.’ If you like romance and time travel in your YA then it’s worth the read.
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