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Clockwise (Clockwise #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,484 Ratings  ·  426 Reviews
A teen 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 Donavan. 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 talke
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published (first published September 19th 2011)
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Apr 16, 2012 Mitch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alot of this book I didn't like, parts I downright hated, but I'm giving it four stars anyway. Why? Because past the terrible start and cliched insecure/obsessive main character (stuff no guy wants to read about), there's actually a great, serious time travel story here. I just wish I could excise the first part of the book from my head, but since I can't I won't mention any of it and pretend I never read any of it either, except to say the beginning of this book is really, really bad - but stic ...more
Apr 23, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-lending
Casey first time traveled at nine years old. She has no control over it but stress seems to induce the "trip" what she and her best friend call traveling. Casey always travels back to 1860 in the exact same location as she is in the present. She can be stuck there anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks but when she comes back not a single second has passed. She returns exactly the same except completely exhausted with dark rings around her eyes. Anything she is touching at the time also travel ...more
This book is pure YA entertainment!Casey is so funny and likable.There's never a dull moment.There isn't too much unnecessary descriptions and details, which is always a plus in my book.I didn't like how Casey was the only one pining hard for Nate, and how insecure she was about herself.I know the author wanted to give her realistic feelings, but I feel she could be a bit more confident.As for Nate, he should have been more expressive towards her.It felt like unrequited love till the near end, I ...more
3.5 stars

This is a light-hearted time-travel. Part adventure, some disaster, a dash of comedy and an edge of romance. While many things are not very well explained and the summary of the book pretty much covers everything, I did still overall enjoy it.

Casey is a typical teenager who is just trying to live her life. Yet at random, unknown intervals she finds herself thrust back in time. Particularly the 1860s. Sometimes it is for a few hours, other-times weeks she could be stuck there. While she
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Aug 31, 2015 The Girl In Boots rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who liked Ruby red by Kerstin gier

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Clockwise was a fun and light read with a fairytale ending. It was sort of like a short summer read, the ones that makes you kind of happy and light hearted. Strauss’s take on time travel was interesting- you go back in time but travel back to the same moment.

(By the way,I love the cover)

The story flowed smoothly. I loved how Strauss explored each character, rather than focusing just on time travel. It was nice to know that Caseyhad ot
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So what can I say about this book? It was cute. Like really cute but just not my style you know. There were some really nice reviews about it so I thought of just reading it and I did find it cute. But nothing more than that.
But one thing is for sure. I really did not like Nate. He seemed too arrogant. He was just plain annoying. I mean I felt as if he did not like Casey at all. Other than that, yeah the book was cute
Oct 16, 2011 Sharon rated it really liked it

CLOCKWISE was kindly provided to me by the author Elle Strauss in exchange for my honest review.

15 year-old Casey Donovan is your typical shy, awkward teen with a crush on the popular school jock that doesn’t seem to notice her. She also has a very big secret which no-one but her best-friend is aware of – she is a time traveler who without knowing how transports back in time to the 1800’s.

Time stands still in the present when Casey time travels but she is able
Jul 07, 2012 Kereesa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chick-lit YA lovers
I have to admit I've encountered more than a few indie/self-published pieces throughout my exploration of the ebook market. And, let's not lie, 75-80% of those have been less than spectacular, and have featured characters, plots, and writing I have either struggled with or given up on entirely. After DFNing my latest indie novel, I have to admit I was slightly skeptical when I first started Clockwise.

And while I do admit Clockwise has its fair share of typical YAness and stereotypes, (jock boy
Aug 27, 2016 Trisha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The life of a time traveler is nothing but strange."

A very cute story about a young girl who time travels. But, she can't pick the when....and, if she's touching anyone else, she can't pick to go alone.

That's exactly what happens when her crush Nate touches her - they travel. Now she's stuck trying to explain to Nate what's going on as well as hide them and try to blend into the time that's not their own. It was a very cute read and I did enjoy it. I loved the picnic and one of the near final s
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Nov 30, 2014 2 ∞ & ➳ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wattpad-escapes
This is like, one of the first books I've read on Wattpad in 2011!! Ahh, the memories :)
Dec 07, 2015 Fatima rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Al leer la sipnosis, me llamo la atencion principalmente ya que trata del viaje en el tiempo. Nos presenta una chica de la actualidad, la cual es muy insegura de si misma,la famosa invisible de la escuela y tiene un crush por el chico popular de la misma. Pero lo que casi nadie sabe es que tiene un don, el mismo es poder viajar en el tiempo exactamente 1860. Aqui es que donde para mi se pone interesante el libro, aqui nos hace un recuento bajo los ojos de nuestra protagonista como se vivia en el ...more
Jan 01, 2016 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first, I wasn't too sure about this one. I thought the writing, theme, characters all seemed too juvenile for my tastes. But as the story progressed it seemed Ms Strauss improved all around.

In the end Clockwise was a cute, interesting take on time travel. The best part was watching the jealousy slowly enflame Nate, as our MC Casie was courted by the charming 19th century Robert, whether she wanted his attention or not.

Honestly I probably would've have given this one a 2.5 if not for the sur
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Actual rating: 2.5

I needed something easy to read and had this downloaded for some time.
It isn't the most spectacular book I've read, but I've stumbled upon worse. It is a fun story, like one of those Disney movies for teenagers. The idea is there, but the story lacks depth. The historical aspect is pretty poorly done, in the means that besides clothing, lack of modern utilities and a few stereotypical social rules, there's not much world building done.

The characters ar
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Casey Donovan is an awkward teenage girl and for her, high school is Hell. In that respect she's very normal. The one little thing that sets her apart is her pesky time-travelling problem! She never asked to be transported to the past every time her life gets stressful. But after six years of it happening, Casey is used to it. Then the unthinkable happens and Nate, her crush and the most popular boy in school, is transported back with her! The year is 1860 and the country is on the brink of a Ci ...more
Becca Campbell
Jun 05, 2012 Becca Campbell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came to this story with two things: a love of time travel and a general leeriness for YA that focuses on high school drama.

Strauss does a good job at writing a teen time travel story that succeeds in avoiding most stereotypical high school drama, and for that, I liked the book. But beyond that, I really enjoyed her twist on the notion of time travel. She’s got a refreshing new take on it, which really enriched my experience of the story. When Casey travels back in time, her “trips” are always
Medeia Sharif
Apr 01, 2012 Medeia Sharif rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Casey Donovan is a time traveler. She doesn’t skip a second in the present, but she spends days in the past. Only her best friend, Lucinda, knows that when Casey returns to the present with raccoon-like circles under her eyes she’s been “tripping”. Casey’s time loop always brings her to the same place: a forest in the Boston area in the 1800’s. Casey masquerades as a boy, since it wasn't common for women to travel alone at the time. This isn’t hard to do when she’s tall and gangly. Nearby is a f ...more
Jun 29, 2013 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clockwise is a charming, lighthearted read about time travel, which is a genre I've come to enjoy after reading Gier's Ruby Red trilogy.

I don't get the impression that the author has done much in-depth historical research for this story, but I like the characters and the romantic storyline, and, like a bag of popcorn I can't stop eating, I just wanted to read-read-read until I was done!

One thing that bothered me was the abrupt jumps in time - like moving ahead several hours in narrative, not a t
Apr 16, 2012 Katy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was in the mood for a quick, fun read, and this book gave me just that - something quick and fun. I found myself enjoying this book, but disappointedly, not as much as I was hoping.

Did I think this book was cheesy and cliche? Yes, but I'm a sucker for romantic comedies, and that's not why I was disappointed. It's kind of hard to explain, but I didn't really connect with the characters as much as I waned to. I found Casey to be a bit grating on my nerves, but she does grow on me a bit later. An
Apr 23, 2012 Shaheen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed at Speculating on SpecFic for the CLOCKWISE blog tour - including a GIVEAWAY of Watched by Cindy Hogan!

Clockwise is a whirlwind of fun that I enjoyed a lot. Casey is a wonderfully quirky character - a sarcastic, funny girl cursed with the ability to spontaneously time-travel to 1860, and forced to take anyone who she is touching at the time with her! The premise of the book is great, and it gets better with the introduction of the Wilson family - the wonderful caring people Casey stay
Sep 30, 2011 E.J. rated it it was amazing
They say not to judge a book by its cover. But the outside of Elle Strauss' Clockwise is gorgeous and the inside is just as good!

The story is about Casey, a girl with all the usual problems: untameable hair, a crush on a boy who won't even look her way. Oh, and the slight problem of timetravelling back to the 1800s.

What's neat about Clockwise is the development of both worlds, past and present. Unlike most timetravel novels, Casey has a set course for her "travels": her hometown, two hundred y
Apr 23, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gotta say I had no idea what this book was going to be like. You know about time travel novels. Sometimes they can be very complex. And honestly, after the things I've been reading lately, I was in a mellow reading mode. I was not disappointed! This is not a confusing time travel novel. Casey travels back to the same place every time she travels back. She's got it down to a science. She even has a stash of clothes and a few other items that make life easier for her, or so she thinks. There isn ...more
Tabitha (Pabkins)
If I had to summarize this for Twitter it would be: Time traveling teen takes crush along for the ride to pre-Civil War America. It was a super quick enjoyable read. While it is romance, being a YA romance it is very light on the romance end. The two characters have very hesitant interactions which I didn’t find to be overwhelming. Mostly, you’ll be reading about Casey’s affections for Nate.

Pros: Fast pace keeps you wondering as to what is going to happen next. When or where is she going to tri
Oct 19, 2011 Morgan rated it liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, 3-stars

Let’s get real. When I picked up Clockwise I thought it would cute, but I worried it would be a little too young for my taste. However, I was excited to read it because it was different from all of the books I have read recently. This book turned out to be better than I imagined, and surprisingly, it wasn’t too juvenile. The biggest reason it didn’t feel too young was because of the main character, Casey. She is o
Apr 03, 2012 Candi rated it really liked it
This is a young adult time travel book, with a hot guy thrown in. Only the great part is that it's not really time travel, it's more like the heroine is living two lives, one in the present and one in the 1860s in I think, Massachusetts. I loved that she could bring things to the past and make her own stash, with things like prairie dresses and tampons. Additionally, there is no messing with the space-time continuum because she has already lived this life in the past.

I love it anytime a literary
Dec 18, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“But I couldn’t be so lucky to just faint. It was happening. Oh no. Not here. Please, not in front of Nate Mackenzie.”
Casey Donovan was just like any other unpopular high school girl. She could even be considered a wall flower. But little did anyone else know, besides her best friend Lucinda, about her special “gift.” And it was this special gift that was taking over right now…she was headed back into the 19th century and to top it off, in front of her biggest crush and Senior hottie, Nate Macke
This was a fun story. I loved reading a book about a modern girl who has to deal with constant time travel to the 1800s! Books about time travel intrigue me and this one eventually drew me in. I say eventually, because I really would only rate the first half 2 stars. I found both of the main characters to be shallow and unlikeable. All Casey seemed to care about was how she looked or how her love interest looked. Worse yet, she was whiny. Her love interest was a real jerk in the beginning and he ...more
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
Casey loves hanging out with her best friend watching the jocks during their practices and taking the occasional trip. Time tripping actually. Starting when she was nine years old Casey is transported back in time to the 1800’s . Having to learn how to survive while back in time is what has kept Casey alive. And while she may be gone for days or weeks at a time, only mere seconds pass in the present once she returns.

But one night, as a dare hottie Nate asks Casey to dance at the school fall danc
Jan 04, 2013 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the books that really fascinate me is Clockwise. Written by Elle Strauss this book is perfect for anybody who likes action, adventure, and romance. It takes place in Cambridge, Massachusetts 2012, but it also takes place in the 19th century. Casey Donovan is a girl with a not so normal life. She has a list of flaws about her. They are: crazy hair the color of burnt toast, a crush on Nate Mackenzie (the captain of every sports team in the school), extreme height, and one more thing: the a ...more
Who wouldn’t like a story about time travel, especially if you are a young adult living the day to day issues that are so much a part of growing up. Clockwise by Elle Strauss is an engaging read, light and actually a fun experience for all ages! Young Casey travels back into the nineteenth century, and really handles the situation well-especially when you realize she has no control over when she will ‘pop’ back or forward, but at least she returns to the exact moment she left! (Whew, I can imagi ...more
Sep 06, 2012 Candace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love time travel books and as soon as I heard of this one (and saw it free on amazon!) I knew I had to read it. The cover shouts FUN so I was curious to see if it was just a fun light read or had serious moments. It actually had both. It was a fun read but there was lots of serious things going on as well. Casey travels to 1860 which is right before the Civil War. There's lots of unrest and it's not a very safe time for people. Luckily Casey has been time traveling for a long time and is prepa ...more
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Elle is the bestselling author of fun, other-worldy YA: whimsical things like time-travel, fairies and merfolk (with a nice helping of romance!) She divides her time between BC, Canada and Dresden, Germany, and enjoys drinking coffee and eating chocolate in both places.

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