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Clockwise by Elle Strauss
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Jun 20, 2012

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bookshelves: fantasy, sci-fi, freebie, humor, angst, ya
Read from July 01 to 05, 2012

This was a funny, adventurous tale of Casey, a frizzy haired, knobby knees, teenage girl who has the ability to travel back in time. The story has the traditional formula of an unpopular teenage girl who crushes on the hotter than words can express, jock, named Nate who of course is dating the beautiful & popular head cheerleader. Casey is invisible to everyone at school except her best friend, Lucinda. She is whiny and insecure but she isn't boring and shows the ability to be able to survive under extreme duress and poor conditions due to time traveling back to the 19th century. Drama arises when she travels back accidentally taking the hot jock, Nate, with her. Casey's life is more interesting in the past than it is in her present, which is why it is a good thing the story sticks to its time travel theme and takes place mainly in the past. Nate and Casey struggle to deal with their life in the present as they become closer and closer to one another in the past. I find Nate too accepting of being in the past initially, although he thinks it is a practical joke being played on him most of his first trip. When he realizes Casey is telling the truth, he only freaks for a short amount of time. He should have been out of his mind, scared shit less, and near tears to be in a century that he was currently reading about in his present world. The story is overall suspenseful as they witness the beginnings of the Civil War, help a runaway slave, and try not interfere with historical events all the while dealing with their feelings for each other.

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