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by Elle Strauss

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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. Awkward.

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

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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. Awkward.

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 the 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.

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CLOCKWISE 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 83 reviews.
Flybrariman More than 1 year ago
Casey is just a regular teenage girl except for a couple of minor issues: her unmanageably curly hair, her equally untameable mega-crush on school football hero Nate, and oh yeah, that pesky problem of uncontolled time travelling at the most inconvenient possible times. This is a cute, fun and fresh feeling read, and while I could agree with Nate that Casey is far more fascinating in the past, where her spunky self-reliance, quick wits and gumption come to the fore, she's pretty much a charmer whatever time zone she's in. She does have a lot to be mopey about back here in the real world, what with Nate breaking her heart, her parent's divorce and her little brother's unfortunate reaction to it, and her friend Lindsay's feeling left out of Casey's temporal traumas. The historical elements have an authentically gritty feel to them, and the way the plot moves between the two periods is clever and skillfully handled. The opening chapter has a bit of a middle grade feel to it, but it quickly becomes more and more sophisticated and complex, narratively and emotionally, as the story builds. Casey's story really drew me in, and the twists of the plot and Casey and Nate's relationship were fun to experinece and worry about. This is a sweetly satisfying story, with loveable characters, a clever plot and lots of witty, wry and winsome writing! There's a couple cute twists, and it's fun to see some seemingly disparate plot elements coalesce and resolve. The author asked me to read this, and give an honest review, and I'm so glad she did, as this was a good read I prob wouldn't have found on my own. She's a generous spirited supporter of good YA, and I'm delighted to have made her (virtual) acquaintance!
ObsessionwithBooks More than 1 year ago
CLOCKWISE was kindly provided to me by the author Elle Strauss in exchange for my honest review. 15 year-old Casey Donovan is your typical shy, awkward teen with a crush on the popular school jock that doesn't seem to notice her. She also has a very big secret which no-one but her best-friend is aware of - she is a time traveler who without knowing how transports back in time to the 1800's. Time stands still in the present when Casey time travels but she is able to feel when it is coming on and is left exhausted when it ends; unfortunately at a school dance while dancing (as a dare) with Nate MacKenzie, her crush they are transported back in time. An initially disbelieving Nate handled the time travel well once it was explained and played the part of her brother Nathaniel willingly although protectively, but things went back to usual as soon as they were back in the present much to Casey's dismay and heart-break. I am glad Nate had the opportunity to travel on a number of occasions with Casey which enabled him to get to know her outside of school, he was quite sweet and supportive of her ability. I really enjoyed both of the worlds Casey was between; I enjoyed the history of the past - their way of living, the politics, the people both good and bad and how she was able to adapt and cope which was the same as how she was dealing with the present and the issues a regular teen faced with family and school life. I wish we could have found out more of why Casey had this ability, and how she was able to travel between times? It is the only thing I found to be missing in CLOCKWISE; I wanted to know how it all worked. There was a slight twist at the end which I really enjoyed and definitely didn't expect, it was a nice ending to a really enjoyable story. I thoroughly enjoyed the interactions between all of the characters; each were thought out, likeable and written well. I liked Ms Strauss's detailed writing style, it was a solid and entertaining plot which held my attention and left me wanting more of the world she has created - the 19th century and present time was interweaved perfectly, Ms Strauss certainly knew her history which was impressive and the pacing was spot on for me. CLOCKWISE is the first time travel novel I have read and I really enjoyed it, I am not sure if it is a part of a series but it would definitely be a great start. I will definitely be reading more books written by Elle Strauss.
travelers-wife More than 1 year ago
A spunky girl, a hot boy, lots of twists and turns and an ending that makes you go, ah.
shekinah_annora More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I couldn't put it down once I got into the story. It was fun! I could feel for Casey when she kept bouncing back and forth between her own time period and 1860. She was very resourceful in how she dealt with the whole situation. I will enjoy reading more of these stories!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like how the time travel was handled, and it blends in well with the present day plotlines. Good, solid read, cute without being cloying, and rocking the girl power without going feminazi. Best free book I've read, and I'll gladly pay for more from this author. I'd love to have her books in print form.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story i will someday read it to my daughters!! Parent approved!!! Any age!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a cute and interesting time travel book. Time travel books are my favorite. It ended a little abruptly though.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Clockwise is the first book in the Clockwise series by Elle Strauss. To have the gift of time travel would be amazing, but to have it and not be able to control it would be down right scary. Casey handles it well though. I thought she handled her life in 1860 better than her present day life at times. She just seemed well adjusted to life there. I wasn't sure what to think of Nate at first. He seemed a little superficial to me at first, but towards the end he grew on me more. This was a very entertaining story and I read it quickly. It has some dramatic moments, but for the most part it's a pretty light read. I enjoyed it, and I like the premise a lot. I'm curious to see where this story takes us in future books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book. At first when I saw it I though to myself," This book look really stupid. " So I just ignored it, but one day when I was bored I decided to just check it out and buy it. It then turned out to be a really good book in the end and i LOVED it so much. It has a little bit of everything, romance, action, a great plot, awesome characters, cool protagonists and cool antagonists. I loved the plot twist at the end! it was cool. Never judge a book by its cover,judge it by its title xp. No... wait...that doesn't sound right... oh yes I know... judge a book by the inside... yeah that's it, any who just read the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was vey interesting. I loved how there was added romance to the book. With adventure,history, and a touch of mystert
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good young adult reading. When I finished reading I hadn't even noticed how much I had read in a short period of time. I am going to get the second one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I originally read this book on Wattpad, and I loved ot so much that I was going to read it twice - something that I never do. Amazing.
Emma_Ayala More than 1 year ago
Clockwise is a fast-paced, fun and entertaining novel. I loved it! I loved the whole concept where she travels back in time and she can't control any of it; that no one notices when she travels. I really liked, very much, how everything in the present sort of just freezes while she travels and even though she spends an indefinite amount of time there. When she comes back, everything's the same as when she left. I was very pleased with this book. Even though in the beginning Casey is totally tongue-tied with Nate (aren't we all when we have such a huge crush?), she pulls on her big-girl panties and takes control of the situation when she accidentally takes Nate back in time. I liked how Nate had a pretty realistic reaction to everything. At first he thought it was a all a huge joke, instead of just buying it all or freaking out—it was great! It was pretty refreshing. The situations they face when they travel back are interesting and I loved how she managed to adapt herself to that era. I can't wait to read ClockwiseR!
Anonymous 15 days ago
I found the book to be a good read. The story was light, fun and moved along at a quick pace.
Anonymous 21 days ago
Twists and surprises on every page. It was a wonderful story that i did not want to put down. I will be looking for more stories! written by this author
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Very good book, enjoyable and fun.
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Great story. Very unique, couldn't put it down. I will definitely read the next in the series.
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It is a well written book. Bought the box set after I read this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A sweet story with a surrprise ending.
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