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3.54  ·  Rating details ·  337 ratings  ·  137 reviews
How do people decide on a path, and find the drive to pursue what they want?

Ida struggles more than other young people to work this out. She can shift between parallel universes, allowing her to follow alternative paths.

One day Ida sees a shadowy, see-through doppelganger of herself on the train. She starts to wonder if she’s actually in control of her ability, and wheth
Paperback, 246 pages
Published January 1st 2017 by Bonnier Publishing (first published December 6th 2016)
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Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
This has an incredibly fascinating concept and such a wonderfully diverse cast of characters!
My main concern with this book, however, is that the world-building and some details regarding some of the characters aren't explained enough or very clearly, leaving me feeling quite confused.
Ida was a clever but downright confusing read with a choppy plotline. I went into this story with moderately high expectations - there were so many of things that could have gone right, I couldn’t see where it could go wrong - but the story’s less than stellar execution of its incredible-sounding premise left me unsatisfied.

The basic storyline follows Ida who possesses the ability to go back in time and change any decisions she has ever made. However, at the start of the novel, she realises that
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: diverse-reads
I know sometimes I rip my 3-star rated books apart, but this one's definitely a positive, "would recommend" 3 stars.


Ida has a secret power: she can undo any decision and choose a different path. She thinks it's time travel until she starts seeing doppelgangers, copies of herself that seem to be following her - and growing more dangerous each time they appear.

I'd classify this book as New Adult, not Young Adult, and would really like to see more stuff like this in that genre! Ida is out
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
3.5 stars

Ida was so gripping I read it in one sitting. It's so rare to have a SFF book about time travel and parallel universes that is also an own voices book featuring so much diversity, and I really enjoyed it while reading.

Full review to come.
Taylor Knight
Mar 31, 2017 rated it liked it
I have some mixed feeling about this book.
The synopsis sounded amazing but the actual plot is kind of confusing. I really paid close attention, thinking I wasn't reading it well enough, but it was just confusing to me. I don't know if it's just me or others have had the same problem but I just couldn't follow along with the plot.
I loved the diversity of the characters. There was a lot of different aspects of diversity in this book and I thought that was pretty great. However, I couldn't connect
Deborah Ideiosepius
Ida is a young woman living somewhere in Victoria with her dad and cousin. Like many younger people she seems aimless and lacking in direction to her father, but Ida has greater struggles than the normal ones; she can shift through time.

Driving home from work one day she is in a car accident, but, no worries, she shifts back in time so it never happened, this is the norm for her; spill a coffee - shift back, car accident - shift back, missed a phone call - shift back.... It is all part of her p
3.5 stars.

This book was kind of amazing, especially where diversity is concerned. But it's also a book that hurt my brain. So.

Let's start by talking about diversity, because there is a LOT of it.
- The protagonist, Ida, is bisexual. She's also biracial - her mother was Vietnamese and her father is German-Australian. And she's overweight, to the point where she was described as "the fat kid" all through school.
- The protagonist's love interest/partner, Daisy, is genderqueer and uses they/them
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loveozya
Genderfluid, bisexual and transgender characters with a wonderful emphasis on each characters preferred pronouns. Ida is bisexual and biracial, of Vietnamese heritage. Blended with a captivating urban science fiction narrative, it's thought provoking and beautifully diverse. There were too few pages though. A longer narrative would have allowed for further explanation of how Ida's ability progressed and of Damaris and Adrastos' characters.
Jess Best
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
It is ALWAYS either:
- about to rain
- raining
- about to stop raining.

This was actually pretty good! Kinda the right amount of freaky because I'm scared easily but it still had an eerie feel to it. This would be the sort of book to read in one sitting on a cozy day in bed with hot chocolate.
Sinead Anja (Huntress of Diverse Books)
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I received an ARC of Ida from Netgalley. I chose to read it because I had heard a lot about this book, and I really liked the cover.

It’s #ownvoices for genderqueer and bisexual representation.


I am a huge fan of the writing in this novel. The writing style is rather disruptive, jumpy and jaggered. I feel like that captures the essence of the story. It’s a story about parallel universes, and the main character is going from one
Jananee (headinherbooks)
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
As rare as it is to see a new addition to the #LoveOzYA SFF category, it's even more rare to see one that is as fantastically diverse as Ida. This book follows our main character, Ida, who has the power to reverse any decision and event that she experiences by simply going back in time, or so she thinks. What follows is unique science fiction novel that introduces a lot of interesting, albeit at times confusing, concepts. The idea of parallel universes and "multiple selves" is something that has ...more
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
A full non-spoiler review to come at the end of Jan!!!
Hedi [ The Dutch Reader ]
I recieved a copy from Netgally for an honest review

Well.. what can i say, this wasn't my favorite. It was just okay, short from DNF.. There were aspect from this book that i really liked, like the way there was so much diversity. The main character was a child of Vietnamese and German parents, had a genderqueer partner and a transgender cousin. Also the plot of 'timetraveling' or 'dimention jumping' was really fun and different.

But now the things i really didn't like.. and there are e few thi
Eleanor O'Keeffe
Jan 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Why the lungs? Why so many lungs, all the time?

Others may think of this book as 'Why so many genderqueer people, all the time?' And indeed, it's a strange coincidence that by page 59 we've met 6 characters: universe-switching protagonist Ida, her formerly female-identifying and now genderqueer lover Daisy, her trans cousin Frank, the genderfluid Time Travel Squad Officer Damaris who's about to start looking for Ida, and Damaris' genderfluid boss. Oh, and Ida's dad.

That level of coincidence is s
3 and a half stars. I did enjoy the story and I quite liked Ida as well as Daisy and Frank and I really enjoyed how easy Ida’s relationship was with both of them but I felt there was something missing. Not quite sure what though as it was an interesting story and I was keen to find out what was going to happen in the end, I think I felt that the story didn’t go deep enough so I wasn’t able to connect with Ida or the story. But I will put this one down to ‘not the right time for me’ and a keen to ...more
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I don't read science fiction/fantasy very often, but Ida is making me think I should. Many of the reviews I'm finding say that they were confused the whole time, and I'm left trying to figure out why. I would never suggest that I'm smarter or anything of the sort, but there must be something different about my perspective on this story. Maybe it's because I don't have as much experience reading SFF than other reviewers. Maybe this particular story just cli
Avery (Book Deviant)
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I would like to thank the people at Echo Publishing for allowing me to have an ARC of this book via NetGalley.

Wonderfully diverse

Ida is not promoted as something that will be filled to the brim with diversity such as it is. I originally found it through a chance retweet post that brought genderqueer representation to my attention. But that's not all that was in the book. Daisy, the genderqueer character that uses they/them pronouns (which was so
This book was okay..

There were aspects I really liked about this book. Mainly being the amount of diversity in the novel. The main character has German and Vietnamese parents and lives in Australia. Her partner identifies as genderqueer and her cousin is a transgender. This book is also an own voices novel which deepens the diversity even more.

In the novel, Ida is able to transport herself between different dimensions in order to change past decisions. I thought this was a very interesting con
Jan 16, 2017 rated it liked it
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Rachel McDonald
Apr 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
This was an interesting premise, but very poorly executed. I continued reading in hope that the idea would develop, but in the end only finished it because I could see the end (and it counts to my Goodreads challenge). Reading the acknowledgements, this novel came from a 15 page script, which makes sense. I think the writing is that of someone more visual than verbal. The overuse of phrases (especially about lungs and forgetting how to breathe) was jarring. I have a feeling that this storyteller ...more
Bren MacDibble
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Ida captures that sense of becoming an adult in a time when it's so hard to get a break that loads of young people have no idea how to get started at adulthood, and when every direction feels wrong, perhaps it's just easier to slide sideways.
I adored the relationships in this, and whenever Daisy went missing, or Dad was shut down, my heart broke for young Ida.
The sense of menace from the dopplegangers was great. Ida battling them all was so cool.
The end, realising the past was a
Sprinkled Pages
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it
i thought this was an interesting read. the rep was really, really good and is #ownvoices so yay! the writer is an australian author which i absolutely love bc #loveozya and i thought the idea of this was quite cool + the cover is very awesome.

it let me down a little because i didn't really enjoy the plot because i was confused/wasn't able to keep up with what was happening and i didn't feel a connection to the characters quite sadly! the writing wasn't very special either.

overall though, do rea
I requested for this book because it’s all about travelling between parallel universes which was a concept that really intrigues me. So it was a pleasant surprise when I discovered how incredibly diverse this book was.

We start of with our main character, Ida, she’s bisexual and biracial. Then we have our supporting characters: Daisy (her partner) is genderqueer, Frank (her cousin) is transgender, and two other genderfluid characters that I’ll tell you more about later. I loved every representati
What if you have the ability to go back in time and alter your choices? Move back 5 minutes to stop yourself from saying something stupid. Go back a few hours so you could pick your umbrella from home when you were setting out? That's the ability Ida possesses. Though at first it is cool, and extremely convenient, Ida starts to depend on her ability too much, and realises that all these time, she hasn't been time travelling but rather has been shifting into alternative universes, and has shifted ...more
Lori Murray
May 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
I just couldn't finish the book it just wasn't going to happen. I really did want to love this book but I knew I wouldn't be able to give the book the love a book should have.
I really liked the main character, so because of her, I gave the book 1 *.
I am sure other individuals would love this book, it just wasn't meant to be for me.
I would love to think the publisher, Author, and Netgalley, for allowing me to try and read the book, once I requested it to read. This opinion was my very own, and no
Jojo (The Reading Bee)
I received this book via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

I tried, I really tried liking this book, but I can't. The premise of the book is interesting and it's what made me want to read it in the first place. This is also the most diverse book I have ever picked up, and while all that is great, it was easily diminished by the writing style. It's not that I don't like it, it's that I HATE it. It is so emotionless, so robotic.I couldn't keep reading. It doesn't show, but it tells, A LOT
Annie (Diverse Reads)

• Ida (mc) is Vietnamese-American and bisexual
• Daisy (li) is genderfluid and uses they/them pronouns
• Daramius (mc) is genderfluid and in a gf/gf relationship
• Transgender secondary character
• #Ownvoices nonbinary representation


Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I whizzed through this fast-paced contemporary debut, which won People's Choice in the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. The story's slightly fragmented form, which switches between numerous parallel timelines, made it a rather challenging read at first - but when I realised this disruptive mode of storytelling was allowing me to experience Ida's distress myself, I appreciated the story on a whole new level.

Ida, just out of high school, finds life dull, has trouble finding direction, and oft
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“It wasn't the first time I'd been with someone, but it was different this time. Maybe it was because when I told them I was bisexual they weren't like the girls who thought I was *really* a lesbian; they weren't like the boys who thought it was hot. Maybe it was because when they told me they were genderqueer I just said that I knew and they cried as they smiled at me. Or maybe it was just because our limbs fit together, maybe because it tasted like salt water and was the colour of sunlight through grass. Or maybe it was just all these things.” 2 likes
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