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Lydia Bentley has heard stories about the Montauk Project all her life: stories about the strange things that took place at the abandoned military base near her home and people who've disappeared over the years. Stories about people like her own great-grandfather.

When Lydia stumbles into a portal that transports her to a dangerous and strange new reality, she discovers th...more
Hardcover, 313 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by HarperTeen
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Blythe
WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD

Instances like this make me want to curl up in a corner and cry. When I first read the synopsis for So Close to You, I was definitely intrigued. Right away, this book became one of my highly anticipated reads of the year. I thought it would be amazing. I thought it would be thrilling. I thought it would be that type of book that I would read in one sitting because I wouldn't be able it down. What I didn't think, however, was how incredibly wrong I would be.

In So Clo...more
Michelle
When I was a teen, my favorite books were the Caroline B. Cooney Both Sides of Time series. They were romantic and exciting, historical and fun. I never quite found a series like that again. I think Rachel Carter's So Close to You just might be the start of a new era of romantic time travel books and I couldn't be more excited!

The book takes place under the shadow of the Montauk Project, a secret government operation on the tip of Long Island that conspiracy theorists insist existed in real life...more
Elaine Cristina Oliveira
If there is a sequence, I´ll be waiting in line.
Melissa
I am so in love! This book sucked me in with the decription, and cover. Both make you want to pick it up and just give it a try and let me tell you it is worth it!!

I love Lydia. At first the book started out at a party and I was like " Oh, something bad will happen to her friends." Boy was I wrong! I fell head over heels in love with this girl and story. She goes back in time on accident to try and help her grandfather, and mysterious WES follows her. SHe is not supposed to be there but she wan...more
Mitch
I really like the idea behind So Close to You, but this book just gave off an odd vibe. I'm not talking about the abandoned military base and secret government project aspect, I expected spooky and mysterious there, but I am talking about how a lot of the story feels rushed through, glossed over, or riddled by cliches. Maybe if Carter took more time to develop things, I'd have liked this, but as it is I just can't shake off the unsettled feeling I got from reading this one.

Like the first chapter...more
Paige Bradish
My love for time traveling books keeps growing and growing! it started with Clockwise by Elle Strauss and now it's going even further with So Close To You by Rachel Carter. So Close To You is about a girl named Lydia who lives in modern day 2012 with her parents and here grandfather. She has a normal life except her grandfather constantly wants to go investigate Camp Hero to figure out why his father disappeared years and years ago. One day while exploring with her grandfather Lydia comes across...more
Brooke
PSA: After reading this book I have come to the conclusion that I was born in the wrong time period. And, I need to find a boy that will travel back to the flapper days with me. If you happen to know an adorably cute and caring guy, who has access to a time machine, please send him my way. Thanks.

GUYS! This book was so good! I was super confused and anxious for over half of it, but in a good way!? AND GUYS! It was action-y and romance-y and mystery-y!? (Yeah that’s not a word. But still!)

The bo...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First I want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to Around The World ARC Tours for allowing me to be a part of this tour. I have so many things going on in my head right now about this book that I am having trouble not putting spoilers in here so bare with me while I gather my thoughts and scream at my inner self not to reveal to much!

I also have to give a HUGE shot out to Suz at A Soul Unsung Blog because she read the book before me and told me she LOVED it and I just knew if she loved it I would to becau...more
Liviania
When I began SO CLOSE TO YOU, I didn't realize it was the first book in a trilogy. In fact, I didn't realize there would be a sequel until things fell apart at the end, creating problems to be solved in the next book. I might not have picked up SO CLOSE TO YOU if I knew it wasn't a standalone, which would be a pity.

Lydia Bentley lives in the small Connecticut town of Montauk. Local legend tells of the Montauk Project, a series of experiments that took place during World War II. Her great-grandfa...more
Once Upon
So Close to You wasn’t really what I expected – it was BETTER than what I expected actually. I love the cover with Lydia on it. Her bright Auburn hair definitely stands out against the background.

Lydia is a senior in High School and is eager to leave her small town life behind. Montauk is a small town full of mysteries. Back during WWI there was a military base named Camp Hero, in Montauk where it is rumored to have been a secret laboratory where they did top secret experiments. Lydia's grandfat...more
Hafsah Laziaf
Originally Posted Here

An engrossing plot, a mind-bending dilemma and unexpected love line the pages of Rachel Carter's YA debut So Close To You. Its a quick read with a killer ending that will leave readers muddled.

So Close To You started slow. Throughout the book, the plot is slow-moving. In fact, throughout the first-half of the novel, I found myself distracted and ready to skim a few pages. My mind was wandering and I couldn't keep myself from glancing further into the book. Though in the...more
Susan
So Close To You is an amazing ball of wow, chalked full of interesting history, wonderful theories on the Montauk Project, and interesting plot and character development. Rachel Carter does a pretty awesome job of blending historical elements in with sci-fi so naturally that the story just flows off the pages and it's so easy to become absorbed in it. The characters are interesting and likable, the plot development has a unique twist to it that will draw readers in and keep them captivated, and...more
Jessica
I am not a regular reader of YA, but if you are looking for a Pringles book (betcha can't read just one chapter...) that won't let you stop reading it until you're done- this is the one for you. If you stick with it through the first few pages of exposition, you will be very, very glad you did. This is Carter's debut (the first of a trilogy - and believe me, if you read this one, you'll get the second one), and she does an excellent job of pacing the action, giving just enough description of the...more
Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
So Close To You isn't exactly my kind of book typically (science fiction + some history) BUT I DID IT! I actually enjoyed myself for the most part, too.

Full Review: http://chickloveslit.com/2012/05/revi...
Katie
So Close To You is such a fresh story. I'm always looking for unique stories in YA books and So Close To You has one of the most unique stories I have read. I already have high hopes for this series.

So Close To You is a time-travel mystery with a bit of historical fiction thrown in. Things were a little confusing at times but it was all part of the mystery. I truly never once guessed what was going on or how things were going to work out. The story was full of suspense, lies, and some pretty big...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: While falling into some of the cliches of time travel, So Close to You adds the drama of WWII to our heroines desperate quest to change history.

Opening Sentence: The bonfire in the clearing spits out flames and smoke.

The Review:

The Montauk Project is the East Coast equivalent of Area 51, with even less people believing in it. But Lydia’s grandfather is a believer. His dad worked on a secret project during WWII before he died during a “traini...more
Ana
So Close to You wasn’t really what I expected – it was BETTER than what I expected actually. I love the cover with Lydia on it. Her bright Auburn hair definitely stands out against the background.

Lydia is a senior in High School and is eager to leave her small town life behind. Montauk is a small town full of mysteries. Back during WWI there was a military base named Camp Hero, in Montauk where it is rumored to have been a secret laboratory where they did top secret experiments. Lydia's grandfat...more
Jennifer
Lydia's grandfather has always been searching for the truth of what happened to his dad. He often takes Lydia to search Camp Hero, an old military base that is now a park, where his grandfather once worked back in 1944. There have been rumors of disappearances and tortured children, and some sort of government conspiracy called the Montauk Project. Lydia was never a believer until one weekend while searching the area like they have done a million times, she notices a door open. One that had neve...more
Giselle at BO-OK NERD Canada
Time travel in YA books haven't been touched upon until now. I'm definitely liking this theme. It had an infinite amount of possibilities and it can be rather exciting to move forward or backward in time. We find Lydia Bentley, your average seventeen year old teenager on her way to apply for summer internships. Looking forward to her future she could not guess what could happen. While walking in the forest with her grandpa, she uncovers the secrets that have been haunting her grandpa for the pas...more
Joy (joyous reads)
Stunning cover. Interesting premise. Mildly entertaining book.

Do you hear that? That's the sound of the crushing disappointment in my tone. [Sigh]

This book failed to engross me. The characters were flat with about a foot of range of emotions between them. If you want me to dive into a world you've created, you need to convince me. Whole-heartedly. As it is, time travel is one that's a hard sell, and unfortunately, So Close to YOU didn't even come within an inch to being believable. I was given...more
H.D. Tolson
"So Close To You is an entertaining, fun debut that definitely keeps your attention!"

So Close to You has no doubt been on the top of my wish-list for a really long time. I mean, come on, it has everything I need in a book. Conspiracy theories, romance, time-travel, mystery, suspense, and a fast-pace, all wrapped up in one YA debut? I was hooked. The minute that So Close to You came to me in the mail, I devoured it.

Was I completely impressed by Carter's debut? Not exactly. I found that Lydia lac...more
Sarah (YA Love)
Review originally posted at Y.A. Love

The premise for So Close to You held so much promise and really piqued my interest, it ultimately disappointed me. I love the recent time travel trend happening in YA because it acts as a stepping stone to more solid science fiction, at least some of the “lighter” time travel novels like Hourglass and Tempest do. The blurb on the ARC of Rachel Carter’s novel claimed it has a “compelling romance like The Time Traveler’s Wife” and “imaginative suspense like Bef...more
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: Oh wow, how I loved So Close To You! I don't usually like any kind of book that is historical. I have problems getting into those time periods but So Close To You was fantastic. It's like Time Traveler's Wife meets Scifi Channel.

We are introduced to Lydia who is your average teenage girl. She lives with her family including her grandpa. Her grandpa has a lot of theories about the Montauk Project, which is a space in the forest that used to exist. He has a lot of different ideas of w...more
Hayley G
Diana Gabaldon for teens!


I loved this book! It kept me up all night with it's romance and suspense.


The first few chapters were a bit slow, but once Wes entered the picture, I couldn't stop!


Remember sitting down and listening to your Grandma or Grandpa recount stories from their early years? Ever wonder what it would be like to go back and experience those moments with them? Well that's exactly what Lydia gets to do in So Close to You. She's given the unique opportunity to go back in time and me...more
Heidi McLaughlin
I’m going to admit, when I started reading So Close to You, I thought author, Rachel Carter, was going for the Blair Witch type novel. And so much to my surprise that is not where she went.

Enthralled. Sucked in. Charmed. Enchanted. Those are just a few words to describe how this book makes you feel. This review is incredibly hard to write because I don’t want to tell you what it’s about, but how can I not!!

So the story goes like this Lydia has heard numerous stories about the Montauk Project, mo...more
Addie R.
Originally posted: http://addie-bookwormrecommendations....

Rachel Carter’s debut is one of a kind with conspiracy theories, mystery, time-travel and romance all in one fantastic book! I honestly had no idea what to expect since I’m new to books involving time travel, but it certainly did not disappoint.


Lydia was a very caring and defiant character that I have come to love and connect with. She fought hard for the people she loved even if it threatened her life. There were some decisions she made...more
Anna Silver
SO CLOSE TO YOU is one of those books I wouldn't normally gravitate to, but I'm so glad I picked it up. For starters, I am ambivalent about this cover. And even after reading the book and loving it, I still sigh every time I look at the cover art. I'm not sure it does the writing justice. It's wistful and mysterious- yes. But also dreary and something feels not quite right with the composition. Anyway, I'm here to tell you, if you have the same reaction, do NOT judge this book by its cover. Cart...more
Candace (Lovey Dovey Books)
Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books

Rachel Carter's debut novel, So Close to You, is a delightful beginning to an upcoming series. Readers follow high school senior Lydia through time and space to the 1940's, where she finds trouble and a yearning for truth.

The Montauk Project is a new subject for me and I'm particularly happy that it veers from what's usually written about in young adult novels. Sure time travel isn't new on the scene, but Carter has dusted off the edges and given the concept...more
Tamary Anderson
I received an advanced readers copy of Rachel Carter's So Close To You for free via Goodreads First Reads.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! I absolutely loved this book. When I first got it I didn't really know what it was about but I had a 7 hour drive back to ND from florida and threw myself into it.

Wow. First things first, I absolutely loved the relationship between Lydia and her grampa. It broke my heart that even tho she expected nothing she still went with him day after day, searching for SOMETHING...more
Andrea
SO CLOSE TO YOU caught me so off guard. Based on the synopsis, I thought the main character, Lydia would travel to an alternate dimension, as in another world. So as I read along, struggling to become immersed in the story, I was so happy when I learned that Lydia was not traveling to another world, but to another time. If I had known that prior to beginning, I would have been way more excited to jump into the story.

As you might have guessed, I found the opening paragraphs to be a bit slow goin...more
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I'm a young adult writer and my debut novel, So Close to You, is the start of a three book series with HarperTeen.

Also, it's about time travel. Which I love. Along with vampires, werewolves, epic Russian historical romances, and movies starring Ryan Gosling.

Please, please recommend books to me, especially YA and romance (the more obscure the better!). I'm always looking for new stories to fall in...more
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