Clockwise by Elle Strauss

Clockwise

Casey Donovan has issues: hair, height and uncontrollable trips to the 19th century! And now this –she’s accidentally taken Nate Mackenzie, the cutest boy in the school, back in time.

Protocol pressures her to tell their 1860 hosts that he is her brother, and when Casey finds she has a handsome, wealthy (and unwanted) suitor, something changes in Nate. Are those romantic sparks or is it just “brotherly” protectiveness?

When they return to the present, things go back to the way they were before: Casey parked on the bottom of the rung of the social ladder and Nate perched high on the very top. Except this time her heart is broken. Plus, her best friend is mad, her parents are split up, and her younger brother gets escorted home by the police. The only thing that could make life worse is if, by some strange twist of fate, she took Nate back to the past again.

Which of course, she does.


It was a quick, entertaining YA novel and I enjoyed Casey’s exciting time-traveling ride throughout the book.

First and foremost, Casey is not your typical cutie kind of girl. She seems more like a tomboy to me and I really like her because I’m not such a cutie nor feminine type either (Duh).
She is straightforward, unassuming and funny. She is also brave and not hesitant to display her survival skills (not at all lady-like) which she had acquired during her previous time travels even to her crush – Nate.
She hunts a quail with a slingshot, chops its head off, skins it and even takes the guts out IN FRONT OF Nate. — Now you see what I mean- she is quite different from what you might imagine.

I found the writing is very crisp, vivid and straightforward in a good way; it goes really well with Casey’s candid character and it makes the story even more engaging and relatable.

The plot thickens when she accidentally drags her crush, Nate back in the past along with her. I tremendously enjoyed how their love starts budding as the story goes. It’s not crystal clear when Nate actually stars to see Casey as a love-interest, yet it does make my heart flutter!

There is actually a part, the importance of which I wondered to myself, thinking, “Is this development really, absolutely necessary at this point of the story? It’s an interesting twist, but I’m not sure if it’s indispensable.”

I was, once again, proved to have been wrong; it IS necessary. It does serve a great purpose later in the book. It didn’t knock my socks off, but it was a nice twist, I must say.

The pacing is very brisk and fast-paced which is fine with me, but I find the last few chapters are a bit hasty. It could have slowed down a little bit to let the development sink in because a lot of things do happen in the end. Nevertheless, it’s still delightful and entertaining and I really liked it.

My only complaint about this book is the ending; I thought it was a bit weak compared to how well-crafted the rest of the book was. Again, I found it a bit too hasty; it was a bit anticlimactic and a bit of a let-down to me.

Other than that, I am quite satisfied with this cute book and I’m keen to read the rest of the series, particularly Nate’s side of the story! (‘Clocked,’ I think it is?)

 

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