Terra is 28, single, and muddling through her life as though locked in a time capsule of early adulthood. She obsesses about an old crush, commiserates with her best friend from high school and scours her old diaries for answers. That is, until a strange encounter with a violent waitress whisks her back to the world she documented in her diaries — a world where she is 16 years old, her life hasn’t yet ground to a screeching halt, and she might still have a chance with the boy of her dreams. As Terra sets out to change the mistakes she made as a teenager, she discovers that her memories and reality don’t quite fit together in this new version of her old life. A boy who claims to be in love with her becomes more dark and controlling, her own crush is more aloof than ever, and a mysterious girl lurks in the periphery, threatening to tear down the walls of Terra’s past. As the truth begins to unravel, Terra slips into a time-bending spiral of memories and lost dreams that she might not be able to escape with her life.
I really wanted to like this book. The premise sounded great. But, like so many free kindle books, it didn’t live up to its potential.
I thought I could overlook the bad spelling, but I doubt I’ll ever forget seeing ‘common’… instead of ‘c’mon’, which would have made more sense. Or ‘axe’…instead of ask. How does that mistake happen? Good grief!
After a certain point, the story just fell apart. Time shifts happened without warning, and it took too long to realize it. The closer to the end, the more confusing it was, and it seemed to break all the rules that had been previously established. The ending was abrupt, and made no sense whatsoever.
A careful rewrite (and edit of all the spelling mistakes!) would do this book a world of good. I’d even be willing to give it another shot, if it happened. I just hate to see good ideas go to waste. What a shame…
Author: Andrea Stark
Title: The Long Way Home
Published: June 9, 2011