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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  883 ratings  ·  200 reviews
There are so many moments Ruby Wright wishes she could change. The moment her dad uprooted her from California to live in backwoods Ohio with their new stepfamily. The moment she moved away without telling her best friend George she loved him. The moment a car accident ended her mother's life.

But no one can rewrite time. At least, that's what physics-obsessed Ruby believes
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Walker Childrens
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Diabolica When I read the book I didn't see a lot of swearing, if any. I really don't think there was any of that, but there definitely wasn't any sex. …moreWhen I read the book I didn't see a lot of swearing, if any. I really don't think there was any of that, but there definitely wasn't any sex. (less)

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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
"I wish, I wish, I hadn't killed that fish."

No, that's not a quote from this story. That is a quote immemorial from one of my favorite The Simpsons specials, Time and Punishment. The gist of that episode is that Homer fried a toaster while trying to fix it (naturally the way to fix a toaster is by jamming random stuff in it until it works). That toaster ends up taking him back into the time of the dinosaur, where---crap---Homer's every action in the distant past hilariously changes the cours
Oct 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Also reviewed for Addicted2Heroines

I like the idea that there are other alternate realities out there, and in that respect this book is a win. Can you imagine being able to scroll through other (maybe better) versions of your life? To be able to see the What If factor first hand? Very cool.

Ruby is dissatisfied with her life. Her mother was killed in a car accident years ago, and now her father has remarried. The package comes complete with a psychotic step-sister. Oh, and she had to move away fr
Ashley (Loves Books)
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
***A version of this review will be posted to Ashley Loves Books at a later date.***

Something I loved about Relativity is the different approach it takes to parallel universes and string theory. It’s not drastically different universes filled with pandas or fantasies, or completely different futures and trajectories – it explores how a fork in the road can alter things but still have some things remain the same. As a big believer in fate, destinies, and 'meant to be's, I like how Relativity inco
Trish Doller
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was nervous about reading this book because (SPOILER ALERT) Cristin is one of my writing partners. I'm not the type to automatically throw five stars at someone just because they're my friend, so when I read it for the first time I was worried because WHAT IF I DIDN'T LIKE IT?!

Silly me.

I love this book. LOVE. Ruby is SMART (See those capital letters? I'm not joking. I wasn't going to admit it but some of the science in this book that Cristin Bishara just drops so casually? Makes me feel like
Princess Bookie
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts: This was very interesting! And I enjoyed it alot! We are introduced to Ruby who lives with her father. They have an okay relationship. Also living in the house is her father’s new girlfriend (or was it wife?) and her daughter. Ruby does not get along with the daughter at all.

They move into this new house and Ruby notices a big tree on the property. Its mysterious and kind of weird looking. Ruby is drawn to it! Ruby was such a fun girl. She was in love with her best friend from back
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Relativity is an amazing read! Lord who would not want to live a different reality? Every kid has wished their life was different in one way or another. The only difference is that the reality of it is that it won't happen but for Ruby she gets a whole lot of realities.

Ruby wishes for so many things. She wished her mother was still alive. She wished her best friend George liked her more than a friend. She wishes her father never re-married Willow because with Willow came her nasty daughter. Ruby
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the concept, I just couldn't be bothered to read through the scientific jargon.

One of the things that peeves me the most about these books, is that they all present background information as if it was actual scientific information. However, whether the information is correct or not is up to the reader to research, and I haven't the time for that

That aside, the book was slightly snooze-worthy. To be honest, I started off the book wanting it to end, and nearing the end of the book that wa
C.J. Sarcasm & Lemons
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It's pretty funny. While I was reading this, my boyfriend was reading Dragon's Egg by Robert L. Forward, which also deals with wormholes and is one of the most scientifically dense science-fiction books ever written. Don't worry--Relativity is not that dense. Bishara definitely did her research about string theory and wormholes, and she explains them in a way that's easy-to-understand and plot-relevant. And the plot! Oh boy. I was hooked. Each u
Alice in Readerland
Sep 04, 2013 rated it liked it
This review was originally posted on Alice in Readerland: I love the concept of hopping from one parallel universe to the next and Relativity played that part to perfection, in my opinion. I think it really captured the excitement and wonder of stepping into a parallel universe.

What’s different in this other universe? Who’s here and who’s not?
I was so excited each time Ruby stepped out of the tree so that the both of us could discover what type universe she landed in and who “she” was in that u
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 stars

I've always loved the idea of parallel universes (and I root for my parallel counterparts - you go, girls!), although a magic/mystical tree for a portal is a little out there for me. I think Ruby handled it really well, though. She travels through time and space to find all sorts of different families, searching for the perfect one, and learns a little bit about what family means each time. She was a pretty cool character (it did get a little annoying that each time she landed
The only good thing about Relativity are the sci-fi tidbits. However, the parts focusing on string theory and parallel universes seemed to nullify themselves as the small nuances that brought them about were just too unbelievable. There are supposed to be infinite possibilities yet all the universes she travels to are just too similar and convenient to the plot itself to be believable. So while the idea was interesting, its execution wasn't.

On the whole, Relativity could have used a lot less of
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's officially official. I'm obsessed with the concept of parallel universes. This can be proved by the fact that the past three books I've read all revolved around one thing: parallel universes. Do you know of any parallel universe books? Anyway, this book was so great, I'll have a review up closer to the review date!

Updated August 26, 2013

**Thanks so much to Bloomsbury for the review copy in exchange for an honest review!**

Ruby has been uprooted from California so she can move to Ohio with he
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, reviewed
I really love reading books about parallel universes. It's fascinating to think that there is another version of you out there living life- yet that life could be completely different than the one you are currently living. Our main character Ruby gets to test out this theory firsthand in Relativity. While a lot of the scientific jargon went way over my head, I was still able to enjoy the story and not overanalyze how it could all happen.

Ruby is a likeable character, though I have to say: my hea
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2013
Relativity is sharp, intelligent science fiction young adult novel, that is wonderfully gripping and compelling. Delightfully entertaining and highly imaginative, Cristin Bishara will definitely wow you with her storytelling abilities, imagination, and originality. The sci-fi element of this novel is just amazing and I fell in love with the characters and their journey. It's just a super fun read that was incredibly hard to put down. I was up until all hours of the night reading, because my ...more
Ronnie Stephens
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ultimately, Relativity proved itself as a strong model for YA fiction centered on alternate realities/worlds. The novel has a strong plot with clear continuity and well-developed characters. Bishara writes economically in the sense that every scene and every detail directly relate to Ruby’s quest. Though the language is a bit rudimentary (a necessity considering the POV), it is also authentic and fluid. The one shortcoming is that Bishara follows the hero’s quest, only to end the novel abruptly ...more
Anna Kay
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ruby is un-enthused to say the least about moving to Ohio from California. Especially when it means that she's gaining a new 'Mom' and a psychotic stepsister. So when the aforesaid stepsister, Kandy, is terrorizing her one day Ruby comes across a tree that is famed for being haunted - killing anyone who tries to chop it down. So when she sees a door in the tree she uses it to escape from further pain. Once inside the tree, things get really weird. When Ruby steps out again she's in a universe wh ...more
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Okay here's the thing...I thought the premise was awesome. Kinda Sliders and Fringe with a bit of Lost season 6 and less morbid The Butterfly Effect thrown in. I was digging that it was the little things in some universes and huge things in others that made the universe not ideal.

The execution and Ruby however frustrated me.


What frustrated me most of all was the fact that Bishara jumped from glittery idea to glittery idea. For instance at one point we find out what's up with the Rubys of each
Jul 31, 2013 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of Relativity in exchange for an honest review.

Relativity is the story of Ruby Wright, who, like most teenagers, hates her life. Unlike most teenagers, however, she's just been dragged from California to Ohio to live with her dad's new wife and her diabolical daughter, Kandy. Fearing for her life after a particularly bad fight with Kandy, Ruby takes refuge in a nearby tree, rumored to be dangerous, maybe even killer. This tree transports her to various parallel universes,
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
What if life was a choose your own adventure story? For Ruby Wright, a wormhole found in an Ohio cornfield of all places, gives her access to variations of her life, but is the grass really greener on the other side? Relativity by Cristin Bishara explores the possibility of accessing parallel realities in a fun and engaging way that will keep you on your toes until the very end!

This is one of those endearing stories that really touches the core of all of us. What if my mom was still alive? What
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
It took me a while to get into this book. The first few paragraphs hooked me with their descriptive language, but after that the book got kind of dull and slowly built up steam after that. However, the last portion of made me so tense, because Ruby's leg injury got worse and worse as the book went on, and all the lightning had me worried. I wasn't sure how this was going to have a happy ending. So props to Bishara for the unpredictability of the buildup and climax.

Unfortunately though, Ruby was
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
I loved this book. The science was fascinating, the possibilities were scary and hopeful and heartbreaking.

Even without mulling over the possibilities that might stem from the existence of parallel universes there is a lot to think about with this book. About forks in the road, the butterfly effect, about how a seemingly unimportant decision can have major repercussions down the road.

I had not expected the book to take as long of a journey as it did through the parallels but I loved it. I loved
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, 2014, fantasy
I don't even know where to begin.

I started out liking this book - the main character, the premise, the science littered throughout it - all awesome.

By the end, I thought the plot was ridiculous and the main character horrible. Even the science went a little astray - why were there only ten options? Why were all but two so damn similar to each other? There should be infinite possibilities of alternate worlds.

Ruby was horrendous - supposedly so concerned with her mother, but taking time out to faw
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I love the idea of this book. Who wouldn't want to see the different possibilities of their lives? However, it was a little too much work for me to read.

I struggled with physics in school, even with my good friend's mom as the teacher. And since the majority of the book talks about string theory and the like, I felt more like I was reading a lecture than a book.

Ruby is a good, smart character. She gets stronger as she travels through the universities and is definitely more level heade
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, ya
After moving cross-country with her dad and in with a stepfamily she barely knows, Ruby is burdened by all the losses she can't change. Her mom died in a car accident when she was young, and now she's lost her best friend and secret love, George. When her scientific curiosity is piqued by a mysterious tree near her new house, she discovers it's a portal to nine alternate universes. As she finds surprises in each one, she feels more and more driven toward the perfect universe - one where her mom ...more
Krista Dulaney
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
Wow. I really REALLY liked this book! I wasn't expecting it, I had the ARC from NetGalley on my Kindle for weeks before I gave it a chance.

It's such a fresh concept, really interesting characters, thrilling action. I got a tiny bit confused around the middle with all the universes, but not enough to deter me or bother me about the book overall.

Anyone who loves sci-fi or is kind of a geek will LOVE this.
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really loved this book. I teach seventh graders and book talk novels when I finish them in order to get kids interested in reading. This year I teach a kiddo who just lost her mom and is struggling with the loss... I recommended this book to her and she has been reading it voraciously. This particular student is a non-reader, so to see her so into a book that I also loved is such a treat. Thank you!!
Joy (joyous reads)
Oct 18, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: own
I'm going to have to put you on hold for now. You are just not my thing nowadays. ...more
Sep 28, 2015 rated it liked it
I skimmed through the middle part because it had gotten stale, but the ending and beginning were still quite good! Over all, an interesting concept and quick read.
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Before publishing Relativity, Cristin Bishara worked as a professional copywriter and taught composition and fiction writing at the university level. She has an M.F.A. in creative writing (poetry) from St. Mary’s College of California, and she majored in English at Kenyon College.

Cristin now lives in Florida with her husband and two girls, where she is hard at work on her second young adult novel.

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