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Nothing is going as planned for Rebecca Muir. She's weeks away from starting college--at a school chosen specifically to put a few thousand miles of freedom between Reb and her parents. But her dad's last-minute job opportunity has her entire family moving all those miles with her! And then there's the matter of her unexpected, amazing boyfriend, Jackson, who is staying ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Kelly
Oct 13, 2012 Kelly rated it it was ok
More like a 1.5.

Rebecca's on the cusp of so many exciting and terrifying things -- she's been accepted to Columbia University and will be moving from her family's home in Seattle to New York City. She's thrilled to get away, but she's sad to leave behind boyfriend Jackson. Except, things fall apart before she gets the chance to pursue her dream of architecture school in the big apple. Her father drops the bomb that he just got a job in New York City and the entire family will be moving to New Je
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Becca
Feb 05, 2013 Becca rated it did not like it
Note: I'm about to get REAL spoilerific. Id' say don't read if you don't want spoilers, but this book is so blatantly obvious about EVERYTHING that I doubt I'd be ruining much of any of the experience for you.
Further note: Prepare for much RANTY RANT RANTS.

Dear Justina Chen Headley:

Can I call you JCH? I feel like we've been in a sad, sad relationship, the kind where you start off all butterfly-y and glowy and just completely in love and then SUDDENLY, without any warning, one of us just goes ba
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Kelly Hager
Dec 30, 2012 Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing
This is the second book of Justina Chen's that I've read (the other being North of Beautiful, which I absolutely loved) and I was a little nervous and excited starting this one. Have you ever read a book that you loved so much that you get a little nervous starting something by the same author because you think that it can't possibly affect you the same way, that no matter how great it is, it won't be AS great as the book you first read and loved?

(Yes, I fully realize how completely psychotic I
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Jenni Arndt
Jan 10, 2013 Jenni Arndt rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-own
You can read all of my reviews at Alluring Reads.

If there is one thing I have found out about myself during my months as a book blogger it’s that I am a sucker for a contemporary. I love a good issue book and a cover, such as the one for Return To Me, always sucks me in. This results in me getting bitten in the butt quite a bit. I was quick to request Return To Me and it was quick to bite me in the butt. The only way I can think to review this book is to take my notes (yep I actually took notes
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AnQi
Mar 28, 2016 AnQi rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-by-poc
Okay, so I went in not thinking a lot about it. My expectation hovered somewhere around a frou-frou chick lit of the Sarah Dessen variation with a positive message and an inspirational coming of age story. (Mind, those kinds of books aren't bad, but I'm not usually a fan.) But Return To Me was kind of unusual, and not exactly in a good way.

For starters, Rebecca Muir, also known as Reb, is a daddy's girl who is nineteen, fresh out of high school, and awaiting an architect internship in New York
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April
Apr 04, 2016 April rated it really liked it
Return To Me by Justina Chen is one of those books that is probably much better via audio than holding onto the physical book. Read my review here
Teril
Apr 15, 2013 Teril rated it really liked it
Return To Me is a poignant tale of the hardships of everyday life. Imbued with disappointment, doubt and betrayal, this novel gives a view of life through the eyes of young adult, Rebecca Muir just as she is about to leave for college. The women in Rebecca’s family have a secret that they try to hide, they have a sense of premonition, but what these women see, is not for the faint of heart; their truths are in the faults of life normally, and Rebecca, or Rebel, has a sense she is desperately ...more
Grace
Sep 29, 2016 Grace added it
Rebecca has just moved to New Jersey with her family about to start college when all of a sudden the secrect that was never told came out affecting her life dramatically. After the event they decided it was best they move back to California to continue there old life. My favorite part was when Rebecca's boyfriend Jackson took her on the little rowboat that would grante their wish. I recommend this book to people who are in to Realistic Fiction and drama. Also to people who like suspense.
Sara
Jul 27, 2012 Sara rated it it was ok
Disclaimer: I am basing these hacks on an Advanced Review Copy (ARC) I received at ALA conference. The final published version may be different…especially if the publisher takes my advice


Verdict: An honest look at what happens when someone you’ve implicitly trusted betrays your trust and upends your world – and a hopeful look at how endings can actually lead to new beginnings. There’s a lot of emphasis on adult characters, career planning, and New Age-y philosophy, so not sure if actual young a
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Return To Me is one of those books that stays with you long after you read it. This is the first book I have read from Justina and it won't be the last. I am thankful to Around The World ARC Tours for allowing me to read and review this book. This is a book every girl should read.

In Return to Me Rebecca is in her senior year of high school and she is planning on her future and where she will go to college. She has been accepted into a college and her plans are set for her future and where she wi
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Barbara
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Cindy Hudson
Feb 05, 2013 Cindy Hudson rated it really liked it
Reb, short for Rebecca, is looking forward to trading her home on remote Lewis Island in Washington State for the bustle of college life at Columbia. She can’t wait to escape from her stifling mother and live her own life. But that life takes a few twists and turns: first her parents announce that the family is moving to New Jersey for her dad’s new job, then after everyone moves across the country, Reb’s dad says he’s leaving to be with another woman.

Reeling from the changes, Reb suddenly start
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Gillian Wiseman
Aug 02, 2013 Gillian Wiseman rated it liked it
I was disappointed in this book. Reb, the main character, is a good strong female lead; she spends the book exploring what she wants to do with her life, making good decisions, and such. In that respect it was a great book. Even the romance was decently executed and added to the story.

But the aspect of the book that was really "off" for me was the whole "psychic power" bit. Reb supposedly has "visions" that have frightened and disturbed her, her whole life. So do her mother and grandmother. The
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CiderandRedRot
May 28, 2013 CiderandRedRot rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooked
Perhaps I'm a bitter old hag with a heart comprised of dust and the crushed dreams of teens, but despite feeling a certain sympathy for Reb's trials and traumas I couldn't shake the feeling that this was 'the moneyed privileged guide to finding one's life purpose'. The downbeat beginning of the story, wherein Reb's family life and her immediate plans fall apart thanks to her dad's douchebaggery, gives way to a kind of spiritual growth trek, which reminded me somewhat of a teen Eat, Prey, Love (b ...more
Cierra
Aug 04, 2013 Cierra rated it it was amazing
At first, I did that thing where you look at the author and then judge the book by their past work. I did not like her book NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL. So, I thought I wouldn't like this book very much. But, then I started to read it. And I was sort of right. The main character, Reb, was extremely mean and whiny about almost everything. She was self depended on her parents and looked to them for every single little choice she, on her own, could make. But then I realized that was the whole point of the ...more
Samyuktha
May 23, 2013 Samyuktha rated it it was ok
I got really annoyed with the book after the first 100 pages. When it started off it was pretty good but once went to Hawaii it the pace of the book slowed down and almost stopped. She just keeps repeating the same thing about healing and soul and other things that would otherwise have a lot of meaning and power. All of Rebecca's epiphanies and findings would be valid if there was just more going on. The words just keep circling back to basically the same thing. I almost stopped reading the book ...more
Alice
Jul 25, 2012 Alice rated it did not like it
I found myself skimming for dialogue about halfway through the book. The main character's emotions seemed to be felt in real time, not book time. I was not fond of the writing style or touchy-feely long explanatory nonsense. I did feel that the special gifts of the women were interesting and that the descriptions of the architectural creations were intriguing However, the main character was just not likable to me. Perhaps it is that the author gets the YA thing down, and teens like a character ...more
J
Feb 01, 2013 J rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Teenage girls
Shelves: justina-chen
So many great life truisms that are beautifully crafted using figurative language-----I love the arrangement of Chen's words. I recommend this read to mothers and daughters that are grieving over a divorce. Sometimes, the best slate to start with is a clean one.

New beginnings are blessings as seen in this heart warming story.

"For the most part things never get built the way they were drawn."------Maya Lin, artist and architect

Aleshia Raynor
Nov 01, 2013 Aleshia Raynor rated it liked it
Shelves: first-term
I thought "return to me" was a pretty good book. It is about a girl named Rebecca Muir had to move away. When she moved into her new house her father was barley around and later she finds out that her father has been having an "affair" with another girl that wasn't her mother, Rebecca, her brother and her mother are all devastated and Rebecca starts to question her boyfriend.
Sara
Apr 30, 2013 Sara rated it liked it
Teenage girl with big plans for college and her future has her life fall apart, and it's kind of her fault because she ignored the warning from her sixth sense. She eventually figures out how to trust herself, figure out what she wants and surround herself with people who love and understand her. Satisfying and fun.
Liz Friend
The story: Reb longs to get away from her controlling, list-making mother, and she's planned her escape: attend a college at the opposite end of the country. The only drawback is leaving Jackson, a boy who could be her soul mate, behind. But when her dad gets an unexpected job offer in New York City, mom kick starts the family into moving mode--and it turns out they're all going to be living less than an hour away from her college dorm--plenty close for Mom to be making unexpected visits. Even ...more
AMY
Oct 18, 2016 AMY rated it really liked it
Another great book of healing and figuring out who we are.
Jenia
Mar 30, 2013 Jenia rated it it was amazing
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Laura Lambe
Apr 21, 2016 Laura Lambe rated it liked it
I will start off by saying I love fluff books, Sarah Dessen has my heart. I also enjoy a good magicalness (I am drawing a blank on a good word, I'm referring to mystic aspects i.e visions, psychics, etc)- I REALLY enjoyed Martina Boone's Compulsion (second one was decent too). This book has both (spoiler? Not really), however it was just not working for me here. I feel that this aspect was only included to add a "you must love me and except my *fill in the blank*". Chen had SO many different ...more
Relena_reads
Sep 08, 2014 Relena_reads rated it did not like it
Shelves: at-school, ncte, arc
So, I don't normally do this, but this is the first book since The Maze Runner that I just couldn't finish. Unlike The Maze Runner, which I was reading merely because the kids wouldn't shut up about it, I was reading this book for me. I loved North of Beautiful. I got it as an ARC, and then I loved it so much that I bought it. That kind of love. The language was beautiful, the characters and their dynamics were captivating. Love. Justina Chen had me hooked.

I kept wandering past the ARC of this o
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Jovon Tucker
Jan 13, 2013 Jovon Tucker rated it it was amazing
"What assurance did I have? None at all. It was wedding time."

With Justina Chen's latest novel, Return to Me, I can honestly and excitedly say that I have a new favorite author and top 5 book too!

Return to Me is inspirational, it's raw emotions, and it's powerful! It's more than just reading a book. It's living in the story, being Rebecca!

As Rebecca Muir prepares for Columbia University to begin her life as a fledgling architect, bomb #1 drops. Reb's mom says the one thing that would make any co
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Lilysbookblog
Nov 22, 2012 Lilysbookblog rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I obtained an ARC of this book because of my love for the author’s previous book North of Beautiful, which just blew me away. I was hoping for Return to Me to be a quick and emotionally engaging book with a bit of culture. I felt that I really did like this book but I didn’t love it like I wanted too.

Rebecca Muir or Reb as her friends and family call her (or Rebel as her boyfriend calls her) is about to move with her family to New Jersey for the summer before heading off to Columbia in New York
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Magan (Rather Be Reading)
Mar 05, 2013 Magan (Rather Be Reading) rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-reads
[Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading]

For those of you that loved North of Beautiful by Justina Chen, I am so hesitant to write this review. I, too, loved that book and had extremely high expectations of Return to Me. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel the same deep emotional connection with the characters, nor did I feel as rooted in the story.

My expectations for Return to Me were much different than the story that unfolded in the pages. I assumed Reb would be struggling to put her life back
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Shelly Hammond
Dec 18, 2013 Shelly Hammond rated it it was amazing
I had won an advanced readers copy of Return to Me quite some time ago, but in my disorganized realm of endless book shelves, Kindle books, lists of to reads, have reads, must haves, and haves, among other lists, and the ever changing year that has almost come to pass, I managed to overlook this one for far too long. Finally, it landed in my hands and that first page was turned with the anticipation only a lover of books can truly understand. So the adventure began.

So, I’ll get on with the revie
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Sara (sarabara081)
Jan 07, 2013 Sara (sarabara081) rated it really liked it
You can find more of my reviews at Forever 17 Books.

3.5 stars!

Return to Me is a beautiful story about coming together as a family and discovering who you are.

Reb, short for Rebecca, thinks she has everything sorted out. She is going to college at Columbia to study to become an architect and plans to break up with her boyfriend to avoid a long distance relationship she is convinced wouldn't work. Her family is also making the move across the country, due to her father's new job in NYC. She is a c
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