I loved this book in many ways, but the love is tempered by some things that really bothered me. Let's start with the good...This one kept me up late at night, and this morning it was the first thing I reached for. Yesterday I resented a hairstylist for interrupting my reading so we could begin my haircut. Then I was disappointed she didn't ask me about the book, because I wanted to talk about it. :-PThe journal elements dragged occasionally, because they were essentially just descriptions of a life, not particularly strong as stories in themselves, but intriguing enough to keep a reader interested. Because of the time travel aspect, it is a little harder to commit to some sections of story, since what might change, what might stay the same?Ellie is selfish. One thing I kept thinking of was how she only tried to help herself. Not to say she was incapable of loving and caring about others, but she never really tries to help anyone else. If you went back in time with the intention of changing things, wouldn't you also try to do more than just help yourself?Now, some specifics that bothered me. First, all of the characters say "Ya." A lot. This of course results in them sounding either Swedish or like 80's valley girls, and it is really pretty annoying.I pay attention to editing, and while this one was not rife with typos in terms of spelling, there was definitely some loose editing with quotation marks (missing ones, weirdly nested ones, etc. ).So, while I found this book fascinating, I think one more editing swipe and a few well-placed lines to make Ellie more empathetic or endearing could have made it significantly better.
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