3.5 stars Enjoyed reading this, and there are numerous things I thought were very well done.
-- a Sliding Doors type story, which is uncommon in YA.
-- Interesting paranormal abilities
-- some genuinely cute romantic moments
-- a story that moves quickly and keeps the reader's interest
-- a solid ending that commits to the path it takes.
A few things that could have been explored in more depth:
-- the powers are fairly straightforward, and your usual X-Men/paranormal types
-- all the characters would have benefited from more layered relationships and back story
-- I didn't really ever care for one romantic interest, and felt fine but somewhat indifferent to the other
-- a little more could have been done to separate the two possible futures for clarity
But most of all, for some reason I just never felt the stakes ever felt that high, so I remained somewhat detached from the story. Sure, there is a subplot involving loved ones being in danger (and yes, a choice that is agonizing in theory); but so much of the book deals with the
romances and uninteresting things like FOOTBALL that I just wasn't as crazy about this as I know some of my friends have been. Oh, and the ending is such a maturely promising but non-obvious one that I was somewhat disappointed to find there is a sequel planned.
All in all, it was an entertaining read for me, but ultimately not one of my favorites.