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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  4,509 ratings  ·  563 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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Maria Everyone. It doesn't have sex-related scenes nor anything like that. I say you can read this book after you can read well enough - 10 or so.

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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Kindle freebie, 6/19/18 (again). 3.5 stars, rounding up since I think it'll really appeal to its main intended audience, high school age girls who love some romance mixed with fantasy in their novels, and I'd definitely recommend it for that group. This is a cute time travel novel about a high school girl named Casey, who keeps getting pulled back to the year 1860 at random times. The plot thickens when she accidentally pulls her hot classmate Nate back to the past with her.

It starts out rather
Apr 16, 2012 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
Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
This was a cute book, typical YA but enjoyable and addictive nonetheless. The romance was sweet and Casey was really amusing. It was actually just what I needed during a book slump!
Nov 16, 2011 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
Jacob Proffitt
Okay, what Tadiana said. And really, that's pretty much it. It starts off rather stereotypical and develops some nice twists and turns by the end. It's a solid 3.5 that climbs well enough throughout to prompt me to round up.
So this was cute but a little off for me.

Casey Donovan is not your normal teenager. She randomly gets sucked back in time - to the 1800's. When this happens, time doesn't change in her era, so that she always returns to the exact spot she left from. Handy. Only her best friend knows her secret...oh and now the super hot football star Nate Mackenzie, who she accidentally took with her.

I liked the characters. They were fun and light. Pretty much average teens, just with time travel happening. The
Jul 05, 2012 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
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
Oct 25, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For 15 year-old girls who have just (re)discovered their love for reading.
Oct 02, 2011 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
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
The Girl In Boots
Jul 27, 2015 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 Casey had o
If I could describe this book in one word, it would be cute. The main lead was cute, the side characters were cute, and the love interest was cute. Everything about this novel made me smile, and it made for a nice easy read.

**Brief rant: one thing that kinda bothered me was the way Casey was obsessed with Nate. Or actually just boys in general. I mean these girls (meaning Casey and her friend Lucinda) spent their time watching the football players, and whatnot just to oogle cute boys. I know it
Oct 03, 2013 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
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll be honest, I almost didn't read this book because of its cover. It seemed uninteresting and I only got it because the ebook was free on Amazon at the time.

I am sooooo glad I read it though. This was such a great book. I'm not much of a history buff or one that finds history to be very interesting at all, but this book changed my view on that.

I would love to see this made into a movie but then again the film makers would probably leave so much out it wouldn't be as good.
2 ∞ & ➳
Nov 29, 2014 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 :)
This book was okay. Not terrific, but not terrible either—there were things I did and didn't like about the plot.
One thing I liked was how Casey goes back to the same moment in time every time and it's not just some random thing. However, speaking of randomness, why the heck is there no backstory? There's literally no explanation as to why Casey has her power. She does meet at least two or three other people with the same power, supposedly, but that doesn't happen until about 3/4s of the way thr
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
You know I rate books based on how much I enjoy them. I'm rating this one 5 stars because it's YA and such an enjoyable book for its target audience! What I love about the Strauss novels I’ve read so far is that they’re still fully for a YA audience so it's a good fit for someone looking for clean & sweet plots! (Yes, I’m 34 and still enjoy it)

The plot is actually pretty good: Casey’s a time traveler who cannot control her strolls into the 1860s. She needs to deal with the issues that come w
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
I really enjoyed this book! It was a fun read that was easy to get through and kept me wondering. There are plenty of twists to keep you into the story and made you continuously wonder what was going to happen next. I definitely see myself reading more of this stories when I need a light hearted easy read.
Jul 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 21, 2012 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
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
May 22, 2012 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
Apr 16, 2012 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
Oct 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, 4-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
Nov 13, 2012 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
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Thank you to NetGalley for a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.
4.5 stars
Brief Summery: Casey is a time traveler. She travels again and again to the year 1860, never knowing how long she'll be stuck in the past or the troubles she might encounter while there. When she returns to her present time, though, it's always as though no time as transpired at all. When she accidentally takes Nate, the boy she has a crush on, to the past with her, Casey suddenly has a whole other set o
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
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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.

She also writes Dystopian YA, Historical Fiction, and Mystery Suspense as Lee Strauss.

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