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Posted February 4, 2013
Justina Chen Headley wrote a very dear novel to my heart, North
Justina Chen Headley wrote a very dear novel to my heart, North of Beautiful. I found her writing to be powerful and her characters and plot to portray the lives that many people nowadays go through, so when I found out she had a new novel, I immediately picked it up. However, Return To Me, even with its soul-searching and signature writing of Headley, did not impress me and in the end I passed it as a good, but not great read. Rebecca Muir's life comes crashing down when she discovers something about her father and ends up doubting every single person in her life, especially her boyfriend. In the beginning, I found Rebecca's attitude towards her mother, sneering and condescending, to be a bit of a turn off to the novel. My mother and I are very close and I acknowledge all of her sacrifices for me, so I didn't understand how Rebecca could only look at her mother's need to be organized and in control as something to snicker about with her father. Something else that I found out of place was the paranormal aspect of this novel. I am not a big fan of when contemporary novels have a hint of paranormal to it, and Return To Me had that. I found myself disregarding anything paranormal in the novel and just focused on Rebecca's relationships with everyone around her and how she is dealing with the drastic change in her life, something Headley is good at conveying to the readers. I did enjoy Return To Me but I would have enjoyed it so much if the author focused on the contemporary part of the novel. I just didn't know where to direct my attention towards, plus I'm not that big of a paranormal fan and I entered reading Return To Me thinking it will be the same emotional ride that I took with North of Beautiful, a novel that I recommend to everyone to read. As for Return To Me, I recommend it to fans who like a mix of genres in their novels as well as a down to earth novel that centers around family, relationships, and emotions surrounding them all.
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Posted April 26, 2013
Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite "Return to M
Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' FavoriteWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
"Return to Me" brings readers the story of Reb (Rebecca) Muir just as she was preparing to head across the country to attend college at Columbia University where she planned to study architecture. Reb was looking forward to putting distance between herself and her obsessive mother who ruled with lists and schedules; however, Columbia didn't look quite as exciting when Reb considered she would be leaving Jackson, her boyfriend, or when her mother announced that the whole family would be moving because her father had a new job. The women on her mother's side of the family all had a special gift. They knew things before they happened. Thom, Reb's father, refused to believe in the gift and became a little angry when it was mentioned. Although Reb had the gift she tried to ignore it because she wanted to please her father. In her willingness to please him she was willing to give up her dream of building functional tree houses. Then the unthinkable happened...Reb's father left his family for another woman. Reb and her mother draw closer together and she reconnects with her maternal grandparents.
Justia Chen takes readers on a roller coaster ride of emotions in her book "Return to Me." I was mesmerized by this book. I formed very strong opinions of the characters. I did not like Thom or his girl friend. I loved Reb, Jackson, Reed, their mother and grandparents. The characters are realistic. They are so real that they danced off the pages and right into my heart. The reader experiences the maturing and changing of the characters. Reb matures and learns to help her mother when her mother is devastated and unable to cope. Reb's mother learns that sometimes when you face tough times you come out on the other side happier and stronger. This is a book suitable for middle school and high school but adults will enjoy it too. This tale is filled with romance, compassion, love, hope, heartbreak, and dreams. The genre could easily fall under the categories of relationships, romance, drama and Young Adult. I will be watching for more books by Justina Chen.
Posted April 12, 2013
There is nothing that upsets me more than a broken family. Comin
There is nothing that upsets me more than a broken family. Coming from one myself, I found this book to be both hopeful and enlightening.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The plot of the book faces a broken down family. Reb is torn between her parents and their divorce. She thought she knew her father and the image she has of him image shattered before her. It moves quickly between shock to hurt to hope. Each chapter the broken family faces a new dynamic that, what you think may tear them apart is actually making them stronger.
Reb is going through changes and trust issues. Now being upchucked from her home, Reb is questioning everything she thought she knew. I mean, who wouldn’t? Reb is discovering that no matter what her parents go through she can still have her life. She doesn’t have to be afraid of it.
The ending of the book is what places the hope in reader. No matter what crossroads Reb faced by herself and with her family, she made it. She lived her dream. And that’s what counts.
Return To Me is an compassionate story of love and hope. Remember no matter what your parents go through, you don’t have to follow that. You can live your dream and find love. A touch of hope that proves you can accomplish anything, Return To Me is wonderful.
Posted January 28, 2013