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Aspiring supermodel Kelli Crawford seems destined to marry her hotshot boyfriend, but on her 25th birthday she wakes in the future as a fifty-year-old suburban housewife married to the now middle-aged high school nerd.

Trapped in the opposite life of the one she wanted, Kelli is forced to re-evaluate her life and discover what is really important to her. Will she overcome the hilarious and heartbreaking challenges presented to her and get back to the body of her younger self? Or will she be stuck in the nightmare of hot flushes, demanding children, raunchy advances from her husband, and hideous support underwear forever?

218 pages, Paperback

First published February 1, 2013

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Juliet Madison

32 books146 followers
Juliet Madison is a naturopath-turned-author of fiction and self-help, and a colouring book artist. She likes to combine her love of words, art, and inspiration to create books that entertain and empower readers to love, laugh, and live.
She enjoys putting her characters into extraordinary situations and taking them on a challenging journey to discover their true passion and inner strength, weaving in some laughs, tears, romance and sometimes a touch of magic along the way.
Living near the beach on the beautiful south coast of New South Wales, Australia, Juliet spends as much time as possible writing and coming up with new ideas, while doing her best to avoid housework.
Juliet loves to interact online with readers and writers. You can contact her on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/juliet_madison, on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JulietMadison..., and through her website http://www.julietmadison.com

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Profile Image for Norah Una Sumner.
848 reviews447 followers
January 3, 2016
Such a fun and hilarious read!

I was laughing out loud the whole time and,trust me,that doesn’t happen so often.This book made me relax and laugh after a stressful week full of exams.The main character Kelli is such a great character! Yes,yes,she made some questionable choices like stalking her boyfriend in the future,trying to fit into SlimFX Magic Suit but hey,nobody’s perfect! And if she didn’t do these things I probably wouldn’t laugh my ass of as much as I did.
“I’m sorry, Mr McSnelly. We did everything we could. We managed to remove some of it, but couldn’t get it all, I’m afraid. The situation was too far advanced and she couldn’t fight any longer. I’m very sorry.
Will would collapse in tears and the doctor would go back to the operating room and sign my death certificate. Cause of death: Asphyxiation by SlimFX Magic Suit.”

I love her humor,even in ‘life-or-death” situations like this! When it comes to supporting characters…wow,the author created amazing supporting characters – Ryan is probably my favourite,he’s such a supportive and great guy. Diora is very perky and talkative but I really liked her and that scene where’s she’s all like : “We are going to get YouthMagic treatment and have some fun!” and then she literally falls asleep immediately was so funny!


Then we have Elaine,the snarky and sassy best friend,and Will. *sigh* Will is A M A Z I N G.Or should I say…Superman? The cutest dork of them all. (Chapter 20 killed me.)


Still not convinced that you should read this book? Then you should check out these hilarious quotes:
“Wait … if I was married to William McSnelly, then that would make me … Oh God, no!
Kelli McSnelly. Shoot me now. I didn’t end up with McDreamy or McSexy, uh-uh. I ended up with McSnelly, or McSmelly as the kids at school used to call him. Me included … and now I was Mrs McSmelly.”

“C’mon, surely you have some idea. Was your pregnancy with me that unmemorable?” Diora planted an exaggerated pout on her face.
If only she knew the half of it. I couldn’t exactly say: ‘Actually Diora, I don’t remember it at all, nor do I remember giving birth to you and I certainly don’t remember your (gulp) conception.’ I shuddered at the thought of me with William. And then I remembered what he said about my other birthday present being later tonight. Oh God, I had to find a way back home before then!”


Like I said,I really enjoyed reading this book and I surely hope that more people will read it and love it just as much.

You can read this review on BookishFever.
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182 reviews78 followers
August 13, 2016
Fast Forward, I love you.

Not because you're an extremely deep and thoughtful book (because you're not... or at least not really but more on that later) but because you gave a teenage girl's brain a (in my opinion) much deserved little break after weeks of (LE HORRIBLE!!!) exam stress.

Sometimes, when I give books like you 5 stars, I wonder: is it unfair to other books I've given 5 stars to? You know, I love you and all but then I start comparing and I'm like: mhm, is this fair? And you know what? DAMN RIGHT IT IS FAIR. Because you are amazing for making me feel good and giving my brain a break and then there was Will (more on him later as well), so why should I not award you The Five as well? SO I WILL.

Anyways, even if you were the most delicious brain candy I've read in a while, you've also made me think. Sometimes it's so hard to judge your own mistakes and bad life choices (or even realize what they are) when you're in the now and currently making them and when I tried to imagine myself being in Kelli's position, I started thinking about my own life and some of my stoopidnes current disastrous life decisions as well. You know, even if I didn't have a fast forward myself to get to some much necessary DINGDINGDING LIGHT BULB ROSE, LIGHT BULB! moments, through reading you, I got them. So thank you for that. (I will FOREVER be grateful.) (Seriously.)

And then there's Will. (Cue ALL THE ❤❤❤❤'s.) What is it with Wills that I just can't help but love them? First The Dr Pepper Prophecies Will and now Fast Forward Will. People should read you just to meet Superman Will. I mean it. I love Kelli but in my opinion, the #1 reason to read you is: WILL ❤. People, you will go crazy just like I did with being like KELLI YOU STOOPID YOU HAVE ZE PERFECTION IN FRONT OF YOU, MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS!!!!! and then you will swoon during Will moments and you'll start loving Kelli because reasons that are spoiler-y (but I can tell you that they include Will).

Overall, I really can't say anything else than that I loved you. Thank you for giving me a much needed light bulb moment, thank you for giving me THE WILL (❤) and thank you for giving me The Kelli.



Profile Image for Fiona Marsden.
Author 33 books115 followers
February 10, 2013
This is the first Chick Lit book I've read for a while and it took me a while to get into it. Perhaps this was because the heroine kept complaining about being me. As in a 50 year old middle aged woman with adult children, saggy breasts, jelly belly and an affinity for Princess Fiona as an ogre in Shrek. Yes the reason why I am Princess Fiona in my emails and net persona is that I identify with that particular character.

All the same, once I got into it, I thoroughly enjoyed the story line. Our heroine Kelli starts off on the track of model superstardom with photographer Grant as the man of her dreams. No doubt waking up with the former class nerd as your future spouse, two children you never planned on and a business you'd abandoned the dream of as a thirteen year old was quite a shock.

As we travel with Kelli through her 50th birthday, we learn all about 25 year old Kelli, and also her new life. Everything she never wanted.

There are some laugh out loud moments and some goopy, emotional moments as we take the journey. The ending is very satisfying and while it never gets too deep there are some good little positive messages for us to take with us when we finally say good bye to Kelli and the life she chooses.
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Author 54 books149 followers
September 10, 2016
A fun chick lit story with a time travel twist.

I related more to the 50-year-old future life of Kelli than I did to her immature self-centred 25-year-old life and hoped that she would realise its value and make the right choices to take her there. I found Kelli immature and annoying at the beginning of the novel, which gave her great scope for character development.

A fun, quick read. I'm looking forward to reading more of Juliet's books.
486 reviews49 followers
November 27, 2013
The original review is posted here:


Kelli is about to celebrate her 25-th birthday. Seems a brilliant modelling career is ahead of her, and her boyfriend Grant is going to propose. Everything appears to be perfect for her. Until one day she wakes up and comes to realization she is 25 years older and even has wrinkles! Not only her appearance is changed and she seems to aged over night, but now she’s married to William and has two kids. Oh, and she’s soon becoming a grandmother too. What a nightmare!

What a hilarious read! I laughed so much I have the feeling my face still hurts. Finding herself in the future, Kelli has to learn to live with modern technology, like e-pad and Foogle. She can’t even shower in the modern bathroom, too many buttons. She doesn’t know what happened during the last twenty five years, and has no idea how she aged over night.

The story reminded me of that movie “Thirteen to Thirty” and I loved that movie.

Kelli is a girl who appreciates only beauty, and suddenly has to live without it. Ironically, she needs to carry on living without the things she appreciates the most in life, beauty and youth. It’s pretty challenging and not very easy for her, but that’s what made this book so funny. I not only laughed but enjoyed seeing her grow and realizing there are more important things in life. Throughout series of situations and many LOL moments, Kelli is soon to discover who really loves her for who she really is. Can Kelli go back in time and change certain events or she is stuck in the future that is now her present? Life gives her a lesson, but will she learn from it? Is she ever going to be able to love and accept herself for who she really is?

If you knew the future, would you change the present? Would you make things different?

In a humorous way, Juliet Madison gives us a lesson about important things in life, appreciating the things we have and the people we care about. The story kept me awake late at night, it was that hard to put it down. I absolutely recommend this fabulous, funny and entertaining story to all chick lit and rom-com fans.
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3 reviews5 followers
March 29, 2013
If you're looking for a fun, warm-heated and intelligently written contemporary romance, you can't go past Fast Forward. This is a triumph of a debut novel from Juliet Madison! The story follows Kelli, a 25 year old model who wakes up on her birthday, only to discover she's jumped into the future and is now 50. She is, of course, horrified and desperate to return to being 25 again. Through all the crazy experiences she has in the future as a 50 year old, Kelli discovers what's really important in life. Juliet ends the story with a strong message, though it never feels preachy. The book is full of very funny moments as well as extremely touching ones. One minute I was giggling uncontrollably and the next my eyes were welling up. I'll be looking out for all of Juliet's future novels.
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Author 10 books202 followers
January 24, 2013
I was lucky enough to read Fast Forward prior to publication. Juliet Madison is a master at humour and combines this seamlessly with tough, emotional challenges the characters are faced with. Fast Forward takes the reader on a roller coaster that will have you laughing one minute and tearing up the next and the reader can't help but root for the main character, Kelli, to make ammends and finally work out what is most important in her life. This is Ms. Madison's first foray into fiction and I'll be marking her books as MUST READ in the future. I highly recommend this book!
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Author 27 books293 followers
March 13, 2013
This is already going on my "best books of 2013" list and I'll be watching greedily for anything else this author puts out.

I laughed so hard...and I sniffled from "I'm so touched" tears more than twice.

Imagine..You're 25, you're whole life is ahead of you, you're a supermodel with a sexy cameraman beau...what more could a girl ask for?

But then you wake up 50 and find you have two kids, a roll of fat, a husband named McSnelly, and wrinkles!

Kelli has one day to figure out why she's suddenly time-traveled 25 years in the future, what happened to change her life course, and decide what she's gonna do about it.

So incredibly funny!!! There's futuristic stuff, sarcastic wit, some kind of spandex bodysuit that may endanger the entire female race...I really can't say anything that will do this book justice. Let's just say I like to read in bed, in the wee hours of the morning, and my husband will be sleeping next to me...and I laughed so hard, I woke him up.

Full review on Book Babe...I'm certainly not done. http://wwwbookbabe.blogspot.com/2013/...
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Author 26 books19 followers
March 7, 2013
Kelli is gorgeous, thin and aspiring supermodel. It’s her twenty-fifth birthday and today she should be wearing thong and celebrating her birthday with her smoking hot boyfriend and a super amazing best friend but instead she woke up as fifty-years old with roll of fat, a husband who is looking forward to kinky sex and as if it is not enough than she has children too, one gay and one pregnant. Kelli has no idea that how and why her life has taken such a big leap but all she knows that now she has to do the things she has never done cue bungee jumping and stay under one roof with people she hardly knows. She wants her life back but she doesn’t know how. She has to find answers and way to get back her old life in her old flat. This is the super funny and fabulous debut by Juliet Madison. I totally loved Kelli. She is sweet, caring and bit crazy. When I picked up this book, I had no idea that I was going to laugh so hard that it will bring out tears in my eyes.
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Author 21 books103 followers
January 25, 2013
Fast Forward is a great read! Fresh, funny and very entertaining. Juliet Madison has done a wonderful job with her debut release. There are many LOL moments in this book, so be prepared for a fun ride. Ms Madison balances the humour beautifully with tender moments - have the Kleenex close at hand.

A five star read and one that tops my list of 'to read again'.
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500 reviews96 followers
October 9, 2015
Kellie had a chance of a peek into her future, twenty five years forward! But she found a life she didn't ever expected or wanted, married to a man she never thought in a million years she would be that in love with, with a different career and with kids!!

A very interesting and lovely story! And I really liked the author's image of the future, I absolutely enjoyed that!
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Author 34 books32 followers
February 3, 2013
I so enjoyed reading this book that it was a shame for it to end! I laughed with the characters, and at them. I cried with them and for them. The characters were engaging, real and memorable. I recommend this book to anyone after a great read that will stay with you after the final page.
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1,485 reviews21 followers
July 24, 2013
Posted on What I'm Reading

My thoughts on Fast Forward:

First off Fast Forward reminded me a lot of 13 Going on 30, you know that movie that starred Jennifer Garner who turns 13 and on her birthday wishes she's 30. The next day she wakes up 30 and still has 13 year old mind, but looks older.

Well, Kelli Crawford is about to turn 25, but the day of her birthday she jumps ahead 25 years and now is 50. Eek, talk about a bad dream. She has no clue why she has woken up at 50 years old when she's suppose to be 25 and having the time of her life. Plus, she's about to have a promising career as a model and dating a hot photography, but those things are no where in sight.

As you read the story, what Kelli planned for her future and what her future actually turns out are two completely different lifestyles and she's trying to figure out why. Well, she starts to realize the life that she's destine to live actually isn't bad and learns that she's experiencing a fast forward. Which happens be to something monumental happens and is sent to the future to help her understand why she choose the life she does.

Now you can understand why Fast Forward kind of reminded me of 13 Going on 30. Overall, I enjoyed. I thought it was a cute read with an interesting premise. How would you handle jumping to the future and seeing why your life turned out different from what you plan? I honestly thought Kelli handle the events quite well, better than I would. So, if you loved the movie 13 Going on 30, I'm sure you will enjoy Fast Forward.

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Profile Image for Michelle.
376 reviews13 followers
February 7, 2013
Fast Forward is Juliet Madison’s debut novel, published by Harlequin’s digital imprint Escape Publishing. We will be part of Juliet’s big release blog tour later this month when we have her in for an interview, but before that I have a review of her debut novel Fast Forward.

I loved this book! I found Juliet’s writing style to be emotive and witty with some extremely beautiful scenes that had me reaching for the tissues.

Fast Forward isn’t what I think of as a time travel story but I don’t know what I would call it instead. Main character Kelli did lose quite a large chunk of time but it was more a case of her skipping 25 years. Regardless of what you’d call it, I was still left with the basic time continuum questions that plague me everytime I read a book where people have moved outside of their timeline.

To read the rest of my review: http://bookgirl.beautyandlace.net/ebo...
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Author 104 books387 followers
February 4, 2013
"Fast Forward" is not only the title of the book, it's also a really intriguing concept that Juliet Madison develops through the story. It's original (to me, at any rate!) and believable (in its way). Best of all, the characters in "Fast Forward" are honest, recognisable, and their relationships -- I loved the genuine emotion of the relationships, their conversation and the tangled mess we can make of relating to those most important to us.

There is a clarity to "Fast Forward" that gives depth to the rom com fun. Compassion, wisdom -- we're on Kelli's emotional journey with her.

This is a wonderful book. Reviewing is a tough gig and I was thinking of cliches: heart warming, life affirming. Nope. What "Fast Forward" does is celebrate life. Live your dreams--and read "Fast Forward" :)
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891 reviews52 followers
December 10, 2017
I cheated. I couldn't read this all the way through or I would have choked with all that gagging..the author doesn't have that magical talent of writing where you don't tell the reader but you show.

I think with better writing and the protagonist was a less self absorbed or detail obsessed woman then I may have enjoyed it a bit more and connected more with her. But it felt like a happy go lucky shove it down your throat sugar fest. And quite juvenile, less mid 20s more teen angst.

I'm sorry but I wouldn't recommend to anyone. apologies to those who do like it. Looking at the vast amount of positive reviews, this may be for you as I had thought. Maybe I didn't give it enough of a chance but I'm fairly intolerant to sugar. This is not brain food its brain dead.
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Author 30 books884 followers
January 24, 2013
I was also lucky enough to read an advance copy of Fast Forward. I have never laughed so much in any book ever!! I stopped reading and immediately emailed Juliet and said, I really am LOL'ing, and not the computer LOL'ing, the real Laugh out loud, I've forgotten I've had a bad day, this is hilarious kind of laughing. It's a great fast paced story with a nice message. Loved it and can't wait for the next book by this author.
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1,997 reviews7 followers
July 26, 2013
I really liked this book. The premise was intriguing and story made me laugh throughout. Kelli was annoying at the beginning but I believe the author made her that way to show her growth and maturity. Overall, this was an extremely satisfying read and I would recommend it to everyone. I give this a very high 4.5 stars!
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20 reviews
February 27, 2013
Oh gosh, this made me cry. In a good way. Maybe because I'm just a few years shy of 50 myself and can relate to the huge change in values people have from age 25 to 50. Especially anyone who has children.
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17 reviews4 followers
May 2, 2015
I love love love this book. Simply beautiful. I love how the story goes and there is nothing that I don't like about it. The whole concept of the book and how the story unfolds. And the writing style. Its just wonderful.

I would recommend it to everyone to read it!
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103 reviews35 followers
April 25, 2014
what an amazing book! It has a such a unique plot and was written really well with great characters. 5 stars.
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298 reviews2 followers
September 18, 2019
Loved it!! At first in the “fast forward” I found it a little odd (due to weird futuristic things) but I was soon hooked and couldn’t put it down. I loved every page of this book and couldn’t wait to find out what happened.

Kelli gets an unexpected experience of what her future looks like. It’s very different to what she expected, but it’s absolutely perfect. Jump in and read it, you won’t be disappointed!!
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2,085 reviews87 followers
February 4, 2013
Kelli Crawford has everything going for her. On the eve of her 25th birthday, the aspiring model is incredibly happy. Her career is taking off, she has the most perfect photographer boyfriend who she thinks might be about to propose and all her friends are gathering the next night to help her celebrate her milestone. And she’s bought the most perfect red dress for the occasion.

When Kelli wakes up the next morning, there’s something wrong. The face looking back at her isn’t her beautiful, smooth, perfectly unlined 25yo face. The face looking back at her has wrinkles. And crows feet. Kelli has somehow woken up on the morning of her 50th birthday, fast forwarded in time. The bathroom is futuristic and confuses her. And instead of gorgeous photographer Grant, it appears that Kelli is married to William McSnelly, the high school nerd. Which makes her…. Kelli McSnelly.

Kelli’s not sure how her life ended up this way. She has two kids, a husband that she can barely remember in high school except as being a dork and a business. Where’s the modelling career? Where are her glamorous looks and beautiful clothes? Where’s her gorgeous husband? Kelli has to negotiate the crazy new technology that she doesn’t know how to work, relate to people who think they’ve known her for years when really to her, they’re nothing but strangers, and fend off the amorous advances of her husband all the while getting ready to celebrate her 50th in style – but it isn’t the birthday she wants. She’s desperate to go back to being 25 – but how on earth is she going to make that happen?

The longer she spends in her 50 year old body, the more Kelli comes to realise what is important. And if she ever makes her way back to her 25yo life….it might not be the one she wants.

I heard a few people raving about this one on twitter and I thought the concept sounded like a lot of fun so I nabbed it for my Kindle and ended up reading it practically in one sitting. It’s a funny book with a more serious thread running through it.

Almost 25-yo Kelli is quite shallow and seems to care only about her burgeoning modelling career and the fact that her boyfriend is good looking. She’s looking forward to partying and basically thinking about how awesome her life is and how boring it is that her sister doesn’t seem to think that way, storming out when Kelli was making a speech about how good things were. When she wakes up as a 50 year old, she’s still that shallow girl trapped in a middle-aged body. She is horrified at her wrinkles, her soft tummy and her sagging breasts. There’s plenty of moments to giggle at reading Kelli trying to negotiate a futuristic shower and a wrist device known as an epad which seems to have obliterated the need for a handbag. It’s a phone, tablet, wallet, etc all in one and also contains information like drivers license, of which can be accessed via scanning or at the touch of a button. The very name epad had me laughing – my technologically inept father struggles with names of things – for many years he has referred to iPods as ePods and when iPads came out he referred to them as ePads as well. The term ePad has been entered into our family vernacular for years now, so it was funny to see it actually existing in terms of this book! Kelli finding out exactly who she was married to brought the laughs as well. She was firmly stuck back in high school when she was pretty and he was the nerd who got post-its saying “Kick me” stuck to his back every day.

Watching Kelli negotiate her new life was hard! I was trying to imagine how I’d feel if I woke up some 25 years into the future. What would be different? How would I react to certain things? I already have children, so I wouldn’t be shocked at their appearance like Kelli was but it would be very bizarre to wake up one morning and find out that my boys were now 29 and 26! There are countless ways for her to slip up, clueless as she is with life 25 years into the future. She didn’t know what her own daughter looked like! And it was nice to see a character not-so-quietly freaking the heck out. I’ve read time travel books before where the main character is kind of all blase about being catapulted around in time (usually backwards) so it was nice to see Kelli losing the plot and having trouble maintaining a façade of everything being okay.

There’s lots of laughs here but there’s also quite a nice thread about Kelli learning what is important and how it’s okay to want to chase a dream and not be so caught up in a trendy lifestyle. She learns to take herself more seriously and realises that she’s not just a really beautiful woman – she’s also much more than that and there are people out there who will appreciate her for being more than a gorgeous body and face. She has great ideas and a smart brain and is capable of doing things and caring for people and having a fabulous family and life. This was a great book, very addictive and it was all too easy to simply sink into Kelli’s life and laugh at her predicament and cheer her on through it as she tried to get back to her 25yo self so that she could live the next 25 years and enjoy them.

I want more to read from Juliet Madison.
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121 reviews28 followers
July 22, 2014
Shallow soon-to-be supermodel Kelli is having the time of her life. With a career on the upswing and a possible engagement to the love of her life, she has it all. Then on her 25th birthday, she wakes to find herself thrown into the future, 25 years forward, in a jiggly, saggy 50 year old body. She doesn’t recognize herself, nor the family she seems to have gained overnight: two grown children and a husband, William McSnelly, the high school nerd.

Kelli is desperate to go back to the past she knows. But as the day progresses, she is faced with a new truth, a future/present she never wanted nor expected yet needs. A life full of love from people she realizes truly sees who she is inside. Is it then still worth going back to an uncertain past?

My Review:

Juliet Madison did a great job in making what could have been another version of a much abused time traveling plot original, or at the very least close to it. With her sharp wit and great sense of humor, she takes this story to a higher level….a thoroughly funny and laugh out loud level.

Kelli is a great character because she’s so charmingly shallow, a trait her mother molded her to be, and to watch her grow with realizations and hard won decisions is so satisfying. I loved William the most. His life is his love, and he loves his wife with every word and heartbeat. He made Kelli more lovable just by being Will.

And though this is a light fare, I found myself crying at the end when Kelli finally realizes that THIS is what love is supposed to be…. But I’m getting ahead of myself. The point is, if you’re looking for something to enjoy, something that can make you laugh by yourself and look like a crazy person in a crowded room full of strangers, something that will probably elevate your expectations of men to fall for, something you can highly recommend for the lessons within, then this is the book for you.
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1,823 reviews4 followers
February 24, 2018
3.5 Stars

You can also read my review at https://www.lizzylovesgoodbooks.com/r...

A cute, if predictable, cross between 13 Going on 30 and Freaky Friday. This is one of those books that you read in an afternoon on the beach - or, in my case, the middle of February, wishing I were on the beach. . . .

Aspiring supermodel Kelli Crawford is living the dream with her best friend, Selena, and hot boyfriend, Grant, but the morning of her twenty-fifth birthday she wakes up at age fifty instead in a totally different life than she expected. Wrinkles and flab. Two grown kids, one with a baby on the way. And of course her husband, William McSnelly, who twenty five-year-old Kelli remembers as the nerd from highschool.

Easily the most entertaining part of this book for me was seeing the different technological advancements that had happened during this twenty-five year period. Kelli notes that there are no hoverboards (Back to the Future lied to us) or flying cars, but cars do have a self-driving feature and everyone relies on their “e-pads” - a combination phone, tablet, and wallet. When Kelli goes out to a restaurant with her sister, she also discovers the “broccolato,” a combination of broccoli and a potato. I actually really wanted to try that for myself.

As a massive Harry Potter fan, I was also disappointed to learn about the hottest franchise of the time, the Lizardile.

“‘The mutant lizard-slash-crocodile who defeated the Lord of Zarcan to free the inhabitants of Drokon Island? The only book and film franchise to outsell Harry Potter?’

‘Oh, that Lizardile, of course!’ How the heck could a mutant lizard crocodile creature thingy outsell Harry Potter?’”

Never did I relate to Kelli’s character more than in this moment. The world needs answers!

But there are also limits to that technology which I found a welcome bit of realism. Kelli goes to see her doctor about her apparent memory loss between twenty-five and fifty and despite the panel of tests he runs on her, he can’t find out the reason for her “fast-forward.” While out with her sister, she also learns that their father passed away from cancer several years ago. In her twenty five-year-old life, Kelli and her father had been distant and she reacts very emotionally.

Being a twenty-something myself, I couldn’t relate to suddenly fifty-year-old Kelli’s problems regarding wrinkles and hot flashes, but I did like seeing her interact with her family and friends in this world. Will was such a sweetheart. It would be difficult for his and Kelli’s romance not to feel at least a bit insta-lovey - seeing as she falls for him in the span of one day - but Will’s reminiscing about their lives together helps mitigate some of that. I also thought the quiz he prepared for Kelli’s birthday was a cute idea and a clever way for Kelli to fill in some of the gaps. Not to mention, he’s supportive as hell.

“‘We bring out the best in each other, I tell ya. What did I say at the party? We’re like a lock and key, you and I.’

‘So which one am I, the lock or the key?’

Will’s eyes searched the sky. ‘I think you’d be the key. A lock’s more idle, more like a possibility. A key, well, that turns the lock and brings the possibility into reality. Like you’ve done.’

‘I have?’

‘Yep. Without you, I’d be a lock that hasn’t been opened, still waiting for the right key.’”

Elaine was my favorite character overall. She was a great friend to Kelli and a wonderful wife and mother even if she was dissatisfied with her lot in life. I was so glad that Kelli helped her to achieve her dreams once she returned to her younger body. I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of girl hate in this book. So much of chick lit consists of women tearing each other down, and I assumed that would be the case with this one, but being friends with Elaine does not automatically negate Kelli’s friendship with her other best friend, up-and-coming actress Selena.

Kelli’s kids, Ryan and Diora, didn’t really stand out to me. They rounded out the nuclear family and acted well as plot devices, but otherwise just fell flat for me. The song that Ryan and his band perform for Kelli’s birthday straddles the precarious line between cheesy and cute.

I did have a small problem with the writing. The dialogue was cute but some of the prose felt like it was worded too dramatically for the mundane things that were going on. This only happened a few times in the book but it was a bit odd.

“A glass vase fell to the floor with a high-pitched, splintering smash. Glass shards launched themselves into the air like rockets, puncturing the skin on my left arm and dark red blobs of blood bulged out.”

While there may be some cheesy moments throughout the book there are also some genuinely heartwarming ones. One of my favorite parts is when Kelli, after returning to her younger body and living the twenty-five years in between, contemplates her fifty-year-old body in a new light. Some of the prose may be a bit purpley but I love the overall message of body acceptance and seeing your so-called “flaws” as experiences rather than failings.

“I flicked on the light in the bathroom and splashed water on my face. Squirting a blob of moisturiser onto my hands I massaged it into my cheeks, circling the laughter lines that had deepened after many a fun night watching comedy movies with Will. Then I let the lotion glide over my forehead, seeping into the furrows I had developed from hours and hours of concentration hunched over my designing desk. I dabbed my ring finger in the jar of eye cream and patted the lines framing my eyes which had cried at the birth of my two children, then pressed lip gloss into the lips that had kissed many a sore knee after a fall at the park, and lips that had poured forth my love for Will onto lips of his own. As the moisturizer sunk into my thirsty skin, I rubbed lotion on the arms that had rocked babies to sleep and embraced my husband. I lifted my shirt to nourish the loose but resilient skin on my abdomen that had long ago stretched with the promise of new life, and adjusted the straps on my bra, supporting the breasts that had fed my two children.

My body was a living reminder of my wonderful life. It had done amazing, beautiful things and there was no way in the world I’d prefer to look like a twenty-something perfect beauty with a body untouched by life.”

As you’d expect from chick-lit, there’s the cookie-cutter “happily-ever after” ending after Kelli returns to her twenty five-year-old body. Part of me wanted Grant to be more of a scumbag, and for that to be her incentive to break up with him, but sometimes people do just grow apart. I also wished that Will had come into her life in a more natural way than Kelli orchestrating their meeting at the school reunion. It almost feels a bit paradoxical - “oh, we’re married in the future so now I need to find him in the past and fall in love with him” - but then again, it’s chick-lit, so it’s something I’m mostly willing to overlook.

There are a few minor discrepancies I noticed as well but I don’t want to go into details here. I try my best to reviews what books are and not what I want them to be, and I hope no one goes into this expecting a literary masterpiece. Whether you’re on the beach in July or the couch in the middle of February, I would recommend this.
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March 7, 2014
I had a horrible day yesterday so I decided to find a short quick read for myself and as I was going through my collection of “short” books, I saw this one. When I originally downloaded it, I was very intrigued by it so I figured why not? I was really looking for something to catch me and keep me entertained.

Well I definitely got a good one! To me the book was just going to be some moral story, romantic, & have some comedy. However, it also has a slice of sci-fi which was awesome! The author didn't just have the character go into the future and everything stayed the same… No! There were new devices all around her and it was awesome & hilarious watching her discover each one.

The other thing I seem to always get with the books I am able download for free, is that I always seem to be leaving me wanting more. This book definitely did not leave me feeling disappointed in anyway, the ending wasn't too short or anything. I absolutely loved this book!
There were a lot of comedic elements but all of the characters for the most part seemed so realistic. Have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by quick decision to read this book. I personally finished in within two days, but I did stay up an hour and a half late last night because I wanted to know what happened and then stopped right before the climax hit.

My favorite quote: “Braxton Hicks? Who’s she talking about? Was he some kind of pop singer? And what did he have to do with pregnancy?” It definitely shows how sheltered she was at the age of 25!
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November 21, 2014
So I read Fast Forward by Juliet Madison over a few day period after being recommended to me by a friend of mine when I was looking for a light chick-lit read. Fast Forward is about 25 year old model Kelli who wakes up the night after her 25th birthday and she can't remember what happened the night before. Worse than that, she wakes up and is no longer her slim model-self. She's become an overweight 50 year old version of herself. She's horrified to find this and I'll admit, I thought she was extremely conceited at first. BUT there was a lot of laughter. Her writing style was lovely and just kept me flipping the pages. And seeing what she imagined as the future was a lot of fun, too.

As the book progresses you can easily see the character development. She has some crazy experiences in the future and you can see that returning to her 25 year old self may not be what is best for her. Sure, she has an attractive boyfriend and a model-perfect body... but is that really everything? I was thoroughly entertained and went from laughing to tearing up within minutes.

Later in the book I felt myself starting to understand Kelli as well as some of the other characters. The only reason this wasn't quite a 4 star book for me was something simple - there wasn't always a consistency early in the book with the Kindle version that I read. Some doctor was abbreviated Dr. other it was just Dr and things like that have a tendency to drive me crazy. I am very glad I gave it a chance, though as I really enjoyed the read!
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