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This Strange and Familiar Place

(So Close to You #2)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  458 ratings  ·  84 reviews
THESE ARE THE THINGS of which Lydia is now certain:

The Montauk Project has been experimenting with time travel for years.

The Project's subjects are "recruits" from across time, recruits like Wes, Lydia's ally, friend, and love.

The Project is now responsible for the disappearance of two members of her family...

And they're coming for Lydia next.

This thrilling sequel to So
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by HarperTeen
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Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow. It's been a long time since I am completely excited about a sequel. (Perhaps ever since I read Unravel Me and completed it?)

This Strange and Familiar Place is an amazing book that enchanted me from the very beginning. I thought I was going to hate this book (because of my particular dislike for time traveling books and multiple timelines). Instead, This Strange and Familiar Place (what a mouthful of words and title) went back to So Close To You and did a short recap whenever necessary.
Cari Beth
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it

That plot twist tho!!!!!!!
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
I really have to reread this series to review it.

When I see the ridiculous amount of reviews, I'm just - well, you know...

Because passed the first half of So close to you? Pure awesomeness.

Any volonteers to go with me?

Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
it was sad but i loved the last chapter. It gave her hope!!!
Alida Arabelle
I want to give a review but I am too hungover. All I can think of is next books please.

It was tooo fascinating.
Wes I hated you so much u made me cry myself to sleep. But I love you still.
Lydia you are one of my most Fav YA characters. You are so bold when weak too tough yet soft. And you remind me so much of me.

Thank u carter for the love confession scene it fixed me up yet to break me down all over again that twist OMG!!!! It was already excitin nd u went and made me go crazyyy. You are one
Nov 23, 2012 marked it as to-read
Not even a synopsis yet?!? Can't wait to see what happens next!
Alexandra Bayer
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lydia is back in 2012, but it's not the same time she knows. She may still live in the same house with her parents and have the same friends, but all of her relationships with them are different. The Lydia whose life she is now living was different. So when Wes, the boy she fell in love with when they were in 1944, comes to check up on her, Lydia knows that she has to do something to try and make her time right again. Posing as one of the Montauk Project's recruits, she manages to sneak through ...more
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*Also posted at Oops! I Read A Book Again*

Thank you to HarperCollins International for the review copy! This in no way affected my views of the novel.


With how SO CLOSE TO YOU ended, Rachel Carter left readers demanding about WHAT HAPPENED and WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN in the sequel. So when I got my hands on THIS STRANGE AND FAMILIAR PLACE, I dived into it immediately. Because I needed to know. NEED. And boy did TSAFP deliver on all my
Ruth Ho
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 for this.

I am so hooked on to this series. I absolutely cannot wait to read the next installment in this series. Why is Wes acting so cold to Lydia? What is the whole connection with Lydia and the Montauk Project? What is so special about her that makes her the only one who can solve this whole mission that the Montauk project was solely built for? So many questions without answer. Can the next book just come out now so I can find out what happens next? Omg I can't waitttttt!

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Are you effing kidding me? I've just finished this book and, okay, Rachel Carter. I'm giving this a 4 star rating because, if nothing else, that twist actually hit me like a punch in the gut. I find myself heartbroken by twists fairly often. But it's rare when I feel sucker punched by one. So great job on that alone if nothing else.

I'm fairly certain if you enjoyed the first book there's nothing here that would keep you from enjoying this one. I actually enjoyed Book 2 more. 1989 NYC is far more
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Once again I'm really surprised that I found a time travel book so interesting. I couldn't put it down! Reading back over the review of the first book in the series, I didn't seem to like Wes much. I liked him much more this time around. I believed in his relationship with Lydia this time.

It was interesting to see how everything was connected. And to see how one little event in time can affect future events. I liked the side characters of Tag, Nikki, and LJ. They each had their own little
Mel Raschke
This thrilling sequel to So Close to You explores how far we'll go to save the people we love--and what happens after you change the future. These are the things of which Lydia is now certain:
The Montauk Project has been experimenting with time travel for years. The Project's subjects are "recruits" from across time. Recruits like Wes: Lydia's ally, friend, and love. The Project is now responsible for the disappearance of two members of her family. . . .

And they're coming for Lydia next.
Selena Yukino (The Lioness: hear me roar)
Rating before reread: 4 stars

Rating after reread 4.5 stars

2/25/17: Reread.

2/25/17: Finished with reread.

Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
The twists and turns keep coming in this sequel to So Close To You. These books keep building up so that I can't wait to find out how it all turns out. On to book three!
Aug 12, 2013 rated it liked it
I liked it and can't wait for the next one. It ends in such a bad spot!
Jan 11, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2013-books
GAHHH!!! Can't wait!! I lovvveeed the first book!
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Montauk Project id responsible for the disappearance of two of Lydia's family members and now they are coming for her.

It was interesting to me how Lydia could go back into her life even though it was not really the one she remembered it being. As I was reading the beginning I realized how depressing and heartbreaking it would have to be to live your life as if nothing had changed yet at the same time everything did.

I liked how the readers got to see more of Wes' story when they traveled
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
God damn it, Rachel. I thought we were friends.

Seriously though, youre so good at so many things; I just wish messing my heart and leaving me on cliffhangers wasnt one of them.

It took me awhile to get into this one, but I think that was probably because it had been awhile since Id read So Close to You and my brain needed some catching up. Rachel is excellent at plotting, and her pacing is phenomenal, even if it does break my heart.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Why I decided to read this book?
The reason I decided to read this book is because of how the blurb on the back of the book hooked me into reading it, it was the way that the hook inticed me with such a titillating introduction that lured me into dwelling into the world of this girl.

Which category on the bingo board this book completes:
You should comment on the category too why was it interesting (or not)?
This story genre would be related to the work that we studied in class about survival, the
Dark Faerie Tales
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Wonderful sequel filled with mystery, suspense and romance. I love this series and would highly recommend it to all young adult sci-fi fans.

Opening Sentence: My eyes open.

The Review:

I wanted to start off by saying that even though I tried to keep this as spoiler free as possible there are a few spoilers from the first book in this review. So I would suggest that you read the first book before reading this review.

Lydia Bentley has returned to
Kayla Beck
Review originally posted on Bibliophilia, Please.

I was a bit "meh" in my review of Rachel Carter's debut novel, So Close to You , but curiosity got the better of me. I requested This Strange and Familiar Place to see if the series would improve. Did it improve? Not really (in my opinion), but this installment in the trilogy was more enjoyable for me, and I may have come to an understanding with the books.

I know what you're thinking - that I've lost my mind. No, I've always been a bit quirky
Heather (Heather Hearts Books) Kilpatrick
5/5 HEARTS on

This Strange and Familiar Place is a book that I received from Rachel Carter at a book signing at BEA 2013. I was so intrigued by the story that I got the second book even though I didn't own the first. I bought and tore through the first amazing installment in this series in a very short amount of time and was very grateful to have the ARC copy waiting on my night stand so I could dive right back into the amazing world that Carter has created.

The So Close
Brad Sells
Aug 14, 2012 rated it liked it
This review is entirely spoiler free, even if you haven't read book one, So Close to You.

This Strange and Familiar Place is a very nice sequel, however, I felt that it was lacking in progressing the story along in certain parts of the plot. Though I had this problem with this sequel, it was still entertaining.

I'll start with what I did enjoy about This Strange and Familiar Place: more questions appear and the stakes are raised to a new notch. Book one set up the whole conspiracy theory, but
Paige Bradish
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received This Strange and Familiar Place by Rachel Carter from Around the World ARC Tours and this is my honest review.

This Strange and Familiar Place is the sequel to Rachels first book So Close To You, about a girl named Lydia who is trying to figure out why certain family members keep disappearing and from there she discovers the crazy government under ground that time travels. So in the sequel it basically picks up where book one left off. Lydia is living at home but things are very
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
The action really picks up in this second book, and there's none of that lagging-middle-book syndrome so common in trilogies. I read this book all in one sitting; I was completely unable to put it down for a second! So many questions in this book that need to be answered, mysteries to be illuminated, bad guys to take down, and naturally, romance around every corner.

This time the setting is the dirty streets of New York in the 1980s. Wes and Lydia fall in with some homeless kids who are stealing
Princess Bookie
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2013
My Thoughts: I really loved So Close To You, it sucked me right in, and I read it quickly. I did enjoy this one a lot, but not quite as much as the first book.

We are back with Lydia and she is trying to adapt to her new life. Things have changed quite a bit, and she has to deal with them in any way she can. They have altered events a bit, and people seem to be different, even Lydia herself. And, Wes is nowhere to be found even though Lydia hopes he cant be too far away from her. She misses him,
Melissa ♥ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
This Strange and Familiar Place was a great follow up to So Close to You. We delved a bit further into Wes' backstory and we were able to get a small bit of insight into how the changes that happened in So Close to You impacted the life Lydia is leading at the start of the sequel.

As with book 1, I must admit that I still had difficulty connecting with any of the characters. They are all quite likeable and realistic but somehow just a little out of reach. I felt for them and worried about them,
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Super excited for the sequel, this book left me in wonder in what exactly is going on!!

Plot: Traveling back in time to fight a war that has long started with her family, Lydias time is running out quickly. She is once again, on the run and in hiding. She is time traveling trying to piece together what her grandpa did. I really love that with each chapter, Lydia is finding more and more answers. She is asking the right questions which unfortunately for her, is causing people to look at her. She
Jan 03, 2013 rated it liked it
The sequel to SO CLOSE TO YOU, THIS STRANGE AND FAMILIAR PLACE offers a relatively satisfying and enjoyable follow-up to the addictive and exciting first installment. It picks up right after the first left off and follows the next leg in Lydias journey to stop the Montauk Project.

Though the book was an extremely quick read, I felt as if there was something missing from this novel, when compared to the first. In the first book, I could barely stop myself from continuing to read and flipping the
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2013
This Strange and Familiar Place was such an enthralling and compelling read for me. I really enjoyed the build up of reality and time travel that blended so seamlessly. Rachel Carter's world is such an intriguing one to delve into. Her characters are truly fantastic and complex, the world she creates for them is interesting, and the plot arc is definitely adventurous. I found myself gravitating to Lydia, the most, though out the novel.

Beautifully written and definitely inspired, this world is
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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

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