Rewind is the story of Peter, an 11 year old boy who is killed by a car crash, and is given the opportunity to return to a point in his life to try and alter his life such that he doesn't get hit. It also turns out that he is adopted, and that his adoptive parents are now expecting a bio-baby. Peter spends most of this book trying to convince his parents, and himself, that he is wo ...more
Told from the viewpoint of a smart-but-naive pre-teen, this book real ...more
It's a very short book, but a lingering one. That says a lot, I think.
My opinion on the sett ...more
Peter is a normal boy who doesn't like math or sports, but loves drawing. One day he is hit by a car and dies. There is hope for him yet, because a mysterious voice gives Peter the option of going back in time to any date he ...more
The story was very engaging, but the arc and outcome was rather disappointing. Peter's evolution wasn't conv ...more
Rewind by William Sleator is a book about a kid, Peter, who dies in a car crash, hit after running out from an argument with his mother and his father, after fighting, the tension breaking after he found out he was adopted. Some great figure gives him a second chance to possibly change his past-- and live again. But he can't simply try to be better, he has to go deeper.
In this book, Peter says something about to write something good, you have to combine reality with fantasy. Fantasy so it gives...more
Good book except for the message, which really felt like "you need to make your jerky parents love you to survive." Peter's parents are uniformly horrible to him at the start of the book, and there's never any burden on them to change, or any realiz ...more
Eleven year old Peter has always been an only child and has always struggled for his parents affection. Shortly before the end of his sixth grade year, Peter learns that he is going to be a big brother but that his was also adopted. This leads him to start striving more for his parents affection but nothing seems to work, until one night after a fight, he runs out into the street and is killed by a car.
However, he doesn't die right away. ...more
Sending a message that adopted kids are not as loved as biological kids is just awful.
One star for the idea, but the rest of the book really was awful and glad that my son didn't want to pursue reading to the end. I did just to see if the potential was fulfilled. Disappointed.
I'm only part-way through this book . . . but I'm vastly pleased with it so far.
The writing brings to mind Nancy Kress' earlier work, and the plot has elements of Carl Sagan's "Contact" (which is, in fact, mentioned in this book.)
It is an interesting intellectual exercise to confront some of the questions raised in the book . . . and see how the author's characters solve them.
For more than thirty years, William Sleator thrilled readers with his inventive books. His House of Stairs was named one of the best novels of the twentieth cent ...more