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2.8  ·  Rating details ·  212 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
Sometimes, love only makes sense backward.
This is a teen romance like no other -- a thrilling tale of betrayal and heartache told in an incredible reverse format. Think MEMENTO meets SUMMER BOYS!

It's prom night. Shy hippie chick Cady is hoping for a dance --- and a hook-up ---- with her long-time crush, the sexy musician, Lucas. Instead, she witnesses Lucas commit an act o
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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Apr 30, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
I hated this book. I feel bad even saying that, but it's true. It's gimmick/appeal is that it's written backwards, starting at the end of the story of Lucas, Hope, and Cady and working to see how it all began. I tend to hate that sort of thing (it's got timestamps at the beginning of each chapter) but I kept at it to see where it was going, which was dumb, because I knew where it was going because it started with that. Does that make sense? Anyway, there was no resolution (obviously) and even af ...more
Alexa McIntosh
Feb 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
I'm just going to start by saying: DO NOT READ THIS BOOK!. Seriously though. It will only bring disappointment, anger issues, and a three week session of yoga. The main characters in this book (Lucas, Hope,& Cady) are a complete disappointment to me.Lucas is obsessive,possessive, and a wee bit mean.Oh, who am I kidding?He's a complete $%&%$#@! Hope is a self-centered, conceited, brat. And Cady is just.......Cady I guess? Anyways, did Lucas really had to go with the vile witch? *cough*Hop ...more
Nov 21, 2011 added it
In the beginning of the book Cady was pretty shy because of her long-time crush, Lucas. In the middle of the book she begin seeing the other side of Lucas. He begin being mean to people by hitting them against the wall, punching them in their stomach, kicking people in their backs and etc...
Cady and her best friend started to know who Lucas was in reality.
at the end of the story Cady saw something she could never imagine Lucas would do. He slapped Hope, his girlfriend, who cried and said she was
May 05, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: the-worst, reviewed
I thought this book was pretty stupid. It's been a while, but I remember finally getting to the end and being disappointed at the shabby explanation for why the whole thing started.
Aug 26, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: teen
We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming for a public service announcement: Mutual emotional whining is not love, teenagers. Girls, violent boys are just that -violent- and dangerous, not misunderstood. Boys, no matter how heartbroken you may, it is no excuse to resort to hitting.

Rewind tells the story of Cady, Lucas, and Hope, three seniors whose entanglements with one another end in a bad prom night. The title of the book refers to Downer's usage of reverse chronological order as she
Feb 24, 2010 rated it liked it
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It's prom night. Shy hippie chick Cady is hoping for a dance --- and a hook-up ---- with her long-time crush, the sexy musician, Lucas. Instead, she witnesses Lucas commit an act of unforgivable cruelty toward his date, the gorgeous and popular Hope. But nothing is what it seems. As the story unfolds in backward time -- retracing one senior year --- we see a slowly developing photo of the truth. Roles are reversed, secret motives are exposed, and hidden desires come to
May 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Dec 10, 2011 rated it liked it
I liked this book, but the way it was formatted confused me. It was nice to see the two characters' friendship evolve from bitter anger to kindness, but I really wondered if I should have just read from the back to the front. I thought Cady and Lucas were cute together, but was taken back by Lucas's obsessive relationship with Hope. Sometimes, I felt like the middle was not in fact the past but the present, you know? I read it but I never had time to type up a review but I do remember some of th ...more
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
This story was told back to front, starting with the ending and working back through time to see how it all began. It seemed like an interesting way to write a novel when I first picked it up, but it just didn't really work out the way that I thought it might. The characters felt forced, the climax wasn't that exciting and it just lacked something. There are a lot of stories out there that have a dark hidden secret from the past that is revealed at the end, but they seem to do a more successful ...more
Jan 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
I want to delve into the dark deep crevices of Dower's mind to figure out what sort of mind creates a book like this. This book is amazing, I've never read a book backwards before and I can't believe that it flowed so well and made so much sense. Rewind brings ill fated love to a whole new level and Dower does a great job of not spoon feeding you the ideas but letting you come to your own conclusions.In fact, Dower's novel might just bring back long forgotten memories of past loves. If you belie ...more
Jun 14, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm not sure how I feel about this book. It goes backward in time, from the end to the beginning. Hence the name, Rewind. But I ended it not really having an answer for the beginning, or at least not an adequate answer. It was a typical teen story - good girl, bad girl, and boy in the middle. At any rate, I'm glad I read it. Of course then, I've never read a book I was sorry I read. Give it a try. Maybe you'll see something at the end that I missed. After all, it's been a LONG while since I was ...more
Amanda Mic Perkins
Apr 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporary
Don't waste your time. The characters are dull, the prose is boring, and the plot is, well, nonexistent. I mostly wanted to read this book because the timeline is reversed - the chapters come in reverse order. But, really, there was no reason for it. All it did was mix up facts, and by the end I didn't know what was going on. There are better books. Choose one of them instead.
Oh, also, this book offers no ending. Nothing is ever resolved or explained. The climax is the first thing you read, and
Josianne Haag
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-contemporary
This book was interesting in the way that every chapter brought the story farther back in time, but I have to say that I didn't really like this story. Just because of the way the story was presented the ending wasn't really an ending and it was all very strange.

I really liked Cadu and Lucas together, but Hope just brought down the story for me. In the end I was just so frustrated with how things turned out and couldn't really concentrate on anything else. It was just very unsatisfying.
Kimberly Polanco
Sep 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers and people in love
Recommended to Kimberly by: The Public library
Rewind is about a shy girl named Cady Sanchez who has a long-time crush named Lucas Wheeler. But Lucas is wrapped up in gorgeous, popular Hope White. Hope White happens to be an old friend of Cady. At prom night Lucas slapped Hope White in the face and of it changes everything. This book is read backwards. From the end of the book to the beginning of the book, it might get confusing but once you get the hang of it is a great book.
Sep 01, 2010 rated it liked it
The book "Rewind" by Laura Dower is told from ending to begining. The books is told from 3 character's points of view and shows everyones side of the story.It begins with the events of Senior Prom night and then goes back in time to eveything that leads up to this miserable night for Cady, Hope and Lucas. I enjoyed the way the story was told and how I could learn everything each character experienced.
Aug 15, 2010 rated it did not like it
This book is what happens when you try to write a book that runs in reverse chronological order and you don't OUTLINE the shit out of it first.
Characters change personalities between scenes and between sentences. It's rushed and sloppy. I see what the author was trying to do, but it really doesn't come across well.
My version was an ARC picked up from Goodwill, maybe some of it was fixed before publication, I don't know. But the version I read was just... lackluster.
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
I thought it would be really interesting to write a book backwards--and was excited to see this book written in just that way. Sadly, that was the best part of the book. The characters were annoying so you didn't really empathize with them. The ending (beginning?) was also much too abrupt--no denouement epilogue or anything to wrap it up. They dropped the ball on this one.
Sep 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
Like the title hints, this story is told backwards. I don't think I understood the story any better, but it was interesting to see "why" things happened or turned out after knowing how it ends. It was quick read and a little different than most stories I've read, but the characters didn't really stick to me, 2.5 stars.
Mar 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: youngadult
It's been a while since I read this one, but I remember liking it. The characters were well-developed and the author did a very nice job of keeping the story interesting and easy-to-follow, despite the backwards sort of order to the plot.
Apr 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I tried to finish it even though the book from the start to 3/4 was pretty typical. I kind of expected the ending to answer all my questions but it just made me more confused. I still like it because it peaked my interest
Okay, I didn't not like this book at all. I'm sorry. The beginning I was like OMG why the hell did Lucas hit Hope and why Lucas say that Cady was the one. I though there was going to be a really good book but everything was just so confusing.
Mar 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
This was a very interesting book in the way that it was written. It was written backwards and you really had to pay attention to what was happening. I wasn't so happy with the ending because it left so many questions left unanswered.
Apr 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: disappointments
The concept of this story was really cool-starting with the end and going backwards to the beginning. But overall, the story just went nowhere. The characters were underdeveloped and I was left completely unfufilled.
Zinniah Free
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was really good. I loved how Laura Dower wrote it from the last chapter to the first. You could feel the moods of the characters and on the cover of the book when it says "Sometimes love only makes senses backwards" is true.
Feb 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Yet another book that romanticizes relationship abuse.
Kalaisha Totts
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked the book. I liked the way it goes from end to beginning. That's how I write my stories. I finished the book a bit confused but hopefully I figure it out. Good read though.
Feb 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-my-type
Not my cup of tea one bit. An interesting way to write a story but the plot was to much for me to bear. I don't like it at all. In the end, there wasn't exactly an ending.
Jan 03, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: hate, romance
i hated it this book totally sucks do not read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
I really disliked the format of this book. The love triangle was horribly boring and incredibly overdone.
Jenny Werewolf Girl
Sep 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Great book!!
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Laura Dower worked in marketing and editorial in kid’s publishing for many years before taking a big leap to the full-time life of an author. Since 2000, she has penned 90+ books–from picture books to young adult fiction and nonfiction. Along the way, she had two sons and a daughter. Laura and her groovy family of five live in Yonkers, NY.
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