Review: Clockwise by Elle Strauss

Clockwise by Elle Strauss

  • Pub. Date: November 2011
  • Publisher:CreateSpace
  • Pages: 292 

"A teenage time traveler accidentally takes her secret crush back in time. Awkward. 

Boy watching with her best friend would be enough excitement for fifteen year old Casey Donovan. She doesn't even mind life at the bottom of the Cambridge High social ladder, if only she didn’t have this other much bigger problem. Unscheduled trips to the nineteenth century! 

When Casey gets talked into going to the Fall Dance, the unthinkable happens--she accidentally takes Nate Mackenzie, the cutest boy in the school, back in time. 

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 at the bottom of the social totem pole and Nate perched 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 little 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"

First Line: Everyone has to live with something.

Review:  Clockwise was a quick light read about a fifteen year old girl who keeps getting thrown back into the year 1860. And one day accidentally takes her crush Nate with her. Minus the time travel and the time spent in the past this is your everyday young adult story and in my opinion this book actually felt like more of a middle grade read.

Casey was a likable character only because of the maturity she shows when with no control on her part she is thrown into the 19th century where interestingly she has also made somewhat of a life for herself.

The one thing that helped me keep flipping the pages is the fact that a lot of the story was spent in 1860. And I found it interesting to see how present day teenagers adapted to that time period. Not to mention Strauss covered some very real issues that were going on around that time and kept things historically accurate.

Overall I think young readers will adore this novel.  

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