The Locket

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On her seventeenth birthday, Katie discovers a locket and decides to wear it for good luck. But when her boyfriend Isaac finds out she cheated on him - with their mutual best friend Mitch, no less - he dumps her, leaving her devastated.

And then a miracle happens. The locket burns on Katie's chest and she feels herself going back two weeks in time, to the night she cheated with Mitch. At first, Kate is delighted to be a better girlfriend to Isaac this time around. But as other ...

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Overview

On her seventeenth birthday, Katie discovers a locket and decides to wear it for good luck. But when her boyfriend Isaac finds out she cheated on him - with their mutual best friend Mitch, no less - he dumps her, leaving her devastated.

And then a miracle happens. The locket burns on Katie's chest and she feels herself going back two weeks in time, to the night she cheated with Mitch. At first, Kate is delighted to be a better girlfriend to Isaac this time around. But as other aspects of her life become inexplicably altered, she realizes that changing the past may have had a dangerous effect on her present.

Can she make things right before the locket destroys everything - and everyone - she loves?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Katie is in love with her longtime boyfriend, Isaac, and hopes they'll be together forever. But one night, on a whim, she kisses their mutual friend, Mitch; when Isaac finds out about the betrayal, he breaks up with Katie on her 17th birthday, abandoning her roadside. Katie is heartbroken and wishes she could erase what happened with Mitch. Luckily, she gets the chance: Katie finds a mysterious locket belonging to her grandmother that allows her to travel back in time, relive that night, and take back the kiss, so she and Isaac can live happily ever after. At first, Katie is overjoyed to have her life back to normal, but as Isaac becomes increasingly preoccupied with basketball, frequently standing her up, Katie wonders if sometimes what feels like a mistake is really a blessing in disguise. Though the paranormal element remains unexplained and events end predictably, Jay (You Are So Undead to Me) effectively builds tension while conveying Katie's slow acceptance of how even feelings that seem set in stone can unexpectedly change. Ages 12–up. (Feb.)
VOYA - Marla K. Unruh
As Katie prepares for her three-year anniversary date with Isaac, she spies a silver locket among her Gran's things and impulsively puts it on, pleased with the way it seems to complete her look. But the date does not go the way she had hoped: Isaac has heard of her indiscretion with their mutual best friend, Mitch. He drives her out into the country and dumps her. As she struggles home in the rain, the locket becomes very hot, the scene changes, and suddenly she is back at the cast party where it all happened. Can she really do it all over and save her relationship with Isaac? As Katie relives the previous two weeks, she is encouraged by the inscription on the locket, "Some Mistakes Are Not Meant to Last." Surely this means that the mistake she made with Mitch can be erased. But was it a mistake? Katie agonizes over one wrong turn after another in her two-week do-over, depending on the locket to repair the harm done to others, forcing herself to believe that she and Isaac are meant to be together. But can the last tragedy be undone? For mature readers, Katie's endless agonizing may become a bit tedious. But younger readers with a romantic bent are sure to be engaged by Katie's journey out of denial and into clarity. Katie does decide to take responsibility for her actions, and that is gratifying. Reviewer: Marla K. Unruh
VOYA - Nicole Jacques
Stacey Jay's The Locket appears at first glance to be any romance critic's nightmare of stereotypical drama. And though it contains many components of a common romance novel, Jay incorporates an aspect of science fiction that makes it a fresh experience. This author has astounding talent for telling truth though fiction. She spares no details of the great damage giving into temptation can do, and consequently her novel and characters appear drawn from real life. 4Q,3P. Reviewer: Nicole Jacques, Teen Reviewer
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—On her 17th birthday, while dressing to go out with her boyfriend, Katie finds a locket in a pile of her grandmother's jewelry. Inscribed on it are the words: "Some mistakes weren't meant to last." Inside are pictures of her grandparents when they were young. Their love had lasted, and Katie is sure that her relationship with Isaac is destined to do the same—as long as he doesn't find out about her one rum- and anger-fueled indiscretion with Mitch. She puts on the necklace, but knows something is wrong when Isaac arrives late. In the car, he tells her that she and Mitch were seen kissing and drives away, leaving her stranded in the middle of a heavy thunderstorm. As she wishes she could go back in time and neither drink nor kiss Mitch, the locket grows hot enough to burn her skin and her shirt where it touches. As suddenly as they began, both the pain and rain stop, and Katie finds herself back at the party two weeks earlier. She is thrilled at the chance to undo her mistake, but as the two weeks repeat, she realizes that everything is not exactly as it was before, and that she has to live and grow with those consequences. Although The Locket could stand as an example of the perils of underage drinking, the paranormal aspects will keep even the most reluctant reader devouring the book to its satisfying, if a bit too convenient, conclusion.—Suanne Roush, Osceola High School, Seminole, FL
Kirkus Reviews
All Katie Mottola wants—all she'severwanted—is to be the girlfriend of her first love, varsity-basketball superstar Isaac Tayte. Basking in his reflected athletic glory is enough for her, but when Isaac discovers Katie's drunken hookup with their mutual best friend–for-life, Mitch, he dumps her on their anniversary. Heartbroken and regretful, Katie makes a fateful wish on her grandmother's enchanted locket, turning back the clock two weeks, so she can avoid kissing Mitch and set everything right again. Of course, messing with the space-time continuum yields dire consequences, and, most unfortunately for readers, Katie's consequences make no sense and only highlight the obviousness of the plot (selfless Katie clearly belongs with sensitive musician Mitch, not self-obsessed jock Isaac). For example, in the redo past Katie creates, the smartest boy in school is suddenly—and pointlessly—a slacker pothead. Why? After another time-turn causes a devastating accident, Katie finally grasps that she can't change the past and she must take charge of her own decisions and relationships, but by then, most readers will be long past caring.(Fiction.YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595143358
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/3/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,169,854
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Stacey Jay is the author of You Are So Undead to Me and Undead Much. She lives with her husband and three kids in Maumelle, Arkansas, and is also a photographer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    The Locket by Stacey Jay is about a girl named Katie. Her life i

    The Locket by Stacey Jay is about a girl named Katie. Her life is perfect, perfect boyfriend Isaac, perfect friends, perfect family. Until Katie makes a horrid mistake, she cheats on Isaac with Mitch there so called friend. Isaac, Katie, and Mitch all three knew each other since they were little, but when Isaac finds out about her cheating. He dumpes her, and to make it all so worse he dumped her on ter three year anniveriary. Katie is hurt and devistaed by this, so the locket that she took from her grandmother burns her neck and it taked her two weeks back in time. So when the time came when Katie cheated with Mitch, she made it right. Well, while making it right, it turend a twist in the future. Like things she didn't remeber and Isaac cheating on HER!!! So, is changing the past to make a right, really a right to change the future? Unlock Katie's journey by reading The Locket!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    Amazing

    Loved it! Such an amazing young adult book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

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    Great book!

    This book is very intense and very fast paced. The reader is able to get into the book fast cause of the great story line. The story line of this book is just filled with non-action, drama, secrets, and betrayals. All the things I love to see in books. As the story lines flows, the reader get more into the story of the locket and what is really does. I like it when a character can time travel and changes things. But I also like how Ms. Jay interpreted the consequence of changing the past. That element I was not expecting and I love it.

    The characters themselves were well developed. I knew right from the start that there was something fishy Issac. He just rubbed me the wrong way. Mitch I knew there was something there but could not put my finger on it. I like how Katie is forced to make a desicions. To see a characters have an epiphany right before your eyes is awesome. It shows the characters growth but also their flaws. It made her see her love for him. Love that she hadn't realized is there.

    Overall, this is quick and fast book, that I easily dive into and liked. Ms. Jay's writing is fantastic at describing every detail in the book down the to core of the characters emotions. Characters learn secrets, create and lose friendships and discover lost love.
    *few curse words*

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    soo dramatic-awesome!!!!!!!

    (look above):)

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

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    Great book!

    I wasn't supposed to read this book until 9th March, the day my exam ends. But I couldn't resist it and took a peek... and ended up finishing the whole book in 2 days. Which explains why I'm writing this review now. I want to share the good news - I really like it!

    At first, the locket sounded like a great gift from God - it enabled Katie to travel back in time and fix the mistake she made two weeks ago, that was cheating on her boyfriend Isaac by kissing her best friend Mitch. And I bet you know what happened when Isaac found this out: he dumped her. Seriously wanting their relationship to work again, Katie was brought back in time by a supernatural power, but found that the little difference in the alternate world can eventually lead to many serious disasters. The pretty magical locket suddenly turned into something more evil and twisted.

    I like how the author layered this novel with twists and turns. The story was interesting, but sometimes I felt like slapping some sense into Katie - she knew she was in love with Mitch but denied it all the way, letting poor Mitch drown in his misery of an unreturned love. But there were times when both of them felt a mutual attraction that surpassed the "best friends" relationship.

    <blockquote>

    "... They're so perfect."

    Mitch smiled and looked back at the bride and groom. "They are. I'd like to be like that someday."

    "Yeah?" I asked, not realizing Mitch had his arms around my shoulders until I instinctively leaned into his warmth and felt the soft scratch of his wool coat against my cheek.
    --- page 175
    </blockquote>

    I really don't understand why would Katie pick Isaac over Mitch. Isaac, though nice and caring, cared his basketball more than his girlfriend. He was constantly busy and didn't have time to accompany Katie. On the other hand, Mitch, however busy he was, would spend time with Katie, even though he knew he didn't stand a chance with Katie, who believed that her first and only true love was Isaac, with whom she dreamed of having a family with. (Hey there, Katie, Mitch is so much better, OK!)

    The minor characters in this story played an important role in this story. We have Rachel Pruitt, an obnoxious, rich, sickeningly-sweet and gorgeous queen bee who totally has a black stone as her heart, Sarah Needles, a gutsy girl who is Katie's (only) best girl-friend, Theo, an actual academic whiz who failed to be as clever in the alternate world, and a few other lesser characters. These people made Katie re-think about everything - her time-travel, her happy ending with Isaac, her more-than-friend feelings for Mitch, the truth and lies etc.

    While the locket seemed to be an evil object to cause many disastrous, painful events, it did taught Katie a lesson, that is to follow her heart and overcome her fear of falling, or rather, failing in the eyes of others. As a conclusion, the locket contributed to Katie's inner growth and played a part in helping her to discover her true self. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy having fun and happy endings!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

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    Wowie!

    I'm pretty much breathless after reading this. I laughed and I cried. I would have given 5 stars, but it drove me crazy. It's one of those stories that makes you want to shake the character to make her see what she's missing right in front of her face.
    It was weird how there were random changes with each do-over that had nothing to do with what Katie did. I'm not sure I liked that, but it was interesting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

    Very Good For a Going Back in Time Story!

    This book is written by one of my favorite author. This story is about a girl, named Katie, who finds her grandmothers locket on her birthday. She puts it on right before her boyfriend tells her he knows she kissed their mutual best friend. He dumps her and then the locket mysteriously sends her back two weeks in time so that she might have a chance at fixing her mistake.
    But is time travel really ever that easy? Of course not, small things that shouldn't matter are different. Katie will have to learn if it was really worth it trying to change fate.
    I love how Stacey Jay just jumps right into the story. She also doesn't make you feel like you missed any of the story by doing so. You feel like you know the main character and can relate to her. She stresses a lot about what's happening and has a good amount of angst to it, but that's really how most of us are. The story flows very well, this is a must read!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

    Great book!

    THE LOCKET, by Stacey Jay, is a well-crafted story about the dangerous effects that time-travel poses. Everyone has regrets, but changing them for selfish reasons can lead to more and possibly worse regrets.

    I am always a bit wary when I come across a "time-travel" story, but I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Although this story was based more on the relationships than the element of time travel, I think Jay really did it right. The subtle differences in environment became more prominent as Katie experienced her new "present". Familiar places looked different, and whole lives were changed in this new reality. I liked how changing a small element in time completely tilted the new reality.

    One thing that didn't really feel right with me was the relationship between Katie and Issac. I felt it was too forced and they weren't even a great match. The relationship between Katie and Mitch was more believable. Issac was very self-centered and the people he surrounded himself with were really not great people and relaxed. Katie tried to fit in with the senior popular girls to no avail, but I think she was blinded by the idea of forever with Issac than anything. Mitch was definitely my top choice!

    Overall this was a great book. I loved the way Jay portrayed the reality change and the friendship between Katie and Mitch was really sweet. I was definitely surprised at the horrible turn of events that this new reality brought, but I was pleased with how Jay ultimately formed this book into something really spectacular.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2010

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    I flew through The Locket, finishing it in one sitting. I have always been intrigued by being able to go back in the past and change things, and the repercussions of doing so.
    The Locket's main character, Katie, is easy to relate to and has a genuine voice. I felt for her as she felt guilt, regret, love and confusion. It is a very important lesson for her learning what is important to her as well as how little things can really affect everything else. I was drawn to Mitch the whole time, and I don't know if that is the intent, but I never felt much for Isaac. Mitch is more of a free spirit, he is funny and he really appreciates Katie for who she is.
    My only complaint is that some small things were stressed and I really didn't understand how it affected the big picture, unless that was the intent.
    The Locket is well paced, and it kept me in suspense, wondering what would happen, if she would go back to change things, and how it would all end up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2010

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    The Locket

    I enjoyed reading this book though the plot didn't grab me very forcefully for some reason. I thought it would be the same-old, same old thing that I expected it would be. Although it did have an overall predictable outcome, I was surprised by various events throughout the story and ultimately with how the end came about. Was it predictable, yes, but it did have some interesting twists.

    To me, the character development isn't as deep as I would have liked. The main character is developed to a certain extent, but it seems that as soon as we get to know the other characters even a little bit, the book ends.

    There wasn't really anything wrong with this book per se. It just didn't have an extra special something to make me fall in love with it. The whole moral and practical dilemma of traveling back in time to fix mistakes is an interesting one, so I wouldn't discount this one necessarily.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2010

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    you must check this book out!!!

    I love all books by Stacey jay.I started reading her books this summer. So far all of her books I've read of been fantastic.If this book is half as good as her others you'll love it.this is the summery for the book i read off the internet.Enjoy! :D



    On her seventeenth birthday, Katie discovers a locket and decides to wear it for good luck. But when her boyfriend Isaac finds out she cheated on him - with their mutual best friend Mitch, no less - he dumps her, leaving her devastated.

    And then a miracle happens. The locket burns on Katie's chest and she feels herself going back two weeks in time, to the night she cheated with Mitch. At first, Kate is delighted to be a better girlfriend to Isaac this time around. But as other aspects of her life become inexplicably altered, she realizes that changing the past may have had a dangerous effect on her present.

    Can she make things right before the locket destroys everything - and everyone - she loves?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 27, 2014

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    "Why do you care so much? Was it just for show?"

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