Clockwise by Elle Strauss

“Casey Donovan has issues: hair, height and uncontrollable trips to the 19th century! And now this –she’s accidentally taken Nate Mackenzie, the cutest boy in the school, back in time. Awkward. Protocol pressures her to tell their 1860 hosts that he is her brother and when Casey finds she has a handsome, wealthy (and unwanted) suitor, something changes in Nate. Are those romantic sparks or is it just “brotherly” protectiveness? When they return to the present, things go back to the way they were before: Casey parked on the bottom of the rung of the social ladder and Nate perched high on the very the top. Except this time her heart is broken. Plus, her best friend is mad, her parents are split up, and her younger brother gets escorted home by the police. The only thing that could make life worse is if, by some strange twist of fate, she took Nate back to the past again. Which of course, she does.”

I went into this book expecting good things; as soon as the synopsis mentioned time-travel I wanted to read it. I found the concept of the book very interesting, with a modern Casey going back in time randomly and having to survive in 1860, which would be a difficult lifestyle for most people, never-mind a socially-awkward teenage girl.
I will say that I found this book addictive and although there were aspects of ‘Clockwise’ that I didn’t like, there were also things I liked such as the concept and some of the events that take place. To be honest, I found the time-travel aspect of this book the most intriguing part but I found bits of this novel a bit annoying. Casey and her best friend Lucinda were the typical teenage girls found in contemporary Young Adult fiction – boy-crazy, a bit socially-awkward, and strange home lives – and this made it a bit too predictable and similar to other books I have read.
The writing was simple and easy to read, so this was in fact a really quick read even though I found it annoying at points. The plot was what drove this book for me. I found it compelling and addictive, and by the end, I was thoroughly enjoying it!
As this was free on Kindle, I would say try it, pick it up and see what you think. I really enjoyed it by the end, despite the flaws, and I think that anyone who likes time-travel or contemporary novels will like ‘Clockwise’.

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