"Summer Sweet Romance Confronts Other Timeless Issues"
Reviewed by Diana Troldahl
Posted September 22, 2014
Young Adult Romance
Sienna and Austin find something special on Tybee Island
the summer before their first year at college, beyond the
sweetness of a summer fling.
Laura Johnston's first novel is a very much better than
average young adult romance. Although she writes from a
Christian perspective, it avoids any hint of preachiness
or heavy handed morality lessons guised in fiction.
Instead she provides a story with great depth with echoes
I expect to last quite a while for me.
The one issue I had is when Sienna did something in anger
that would have logically been damaging to her younger
brother, throwing out something that was a reminder to
him of their dead father. Although I fully expected the
consequences of that act to be woven into the story, it
never arose, leaving me with a slightly dissatisfied
feeling despite the otherwise moving conclusion.
Full confession here. REWIND TO YOU was a very difficult
read for me. I lost my father not long ago and the death
of Sienna's father is central to the plot, bringing back
a large helping of sadness. Despite this the strength of
the story kept me going, and in the end, perhaps I found
some healing as a result.
REWIND TO YOU is at heart a summer-sweet romance but the
issues it confronts of forgiveness, loss and the value of
following one's heart are timeless, making this a
terrific choice for anyone's bookshelf, not only the
young adults toward whom it is targeted. Laura Johnston's
next book, Between Now and Never is due out in March
One last summer before college on beautiful Tybee Island
supposed to help Sienna forget. But how can she? This is
where her family spent every summer before everything
changed, before the world as she knew it was ripped away.
But the past isn’t easily left behind. Especially when
Sienna keeps having episodes that take her back to the
she wants to forget. Even when she meets the mysterious
Austin Dobbs, the guy with the intense blue eyes,
body, and weakness for pralines who scooped her out of
trouble when she blacked out on River Street.
When she’s with Austin, Sienna feels a whole new world
opening up to her. Austin has secrets, and she has
But caught between the past and the future, Sienna can
choose what happens now
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