This Strange and Familiar Place
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This Strange and Familiar Place

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by Rachel Carter
     
 

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Rachel Carter’s breathtaking time-travel romance, This Strange and Familiar Place, is a great pick for fans of Kerstin Gier’s Ruby Red trilogy.
 
In the second book of the So Close to You YA trilogy, Lydia Bentley has discovered that the conspiracy theories about the Montauk Project, the ones her grandfather had told her about all her

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Rachel Carter’s breathtaking time-travel romance, This Strange and Familiar Place, is a great pick for fans of Kerstin Gier’s Ruby Red trilogy.
 
In the second book of the So Close to You YA trilogy, Lydia Bentley has discovered that the conspiracy theories about the Montauk Project, the ones her grandfather had told her about all her life, were true all along.
 
The little town on Long Island really is the Area 51 of the east. Lydia’s hometown has been the site of government time-travel experiments since World War II. Among the “recruits” the Project has used as subjects in these experiments are two members of Lydia’s own family, and Wes, the boy she loves.
 
What is Lydia willing to sacrifice to save them?

Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist
“BACK TO THE FUTURE meets THE X-FILES.”
VOYA - Loryn Aman
It has been a few weeks since Lydia Bentley time-travelled to the year 1944 and back. She quickly learned that the repercussions of the decisions she made while in 1944 have severely changed her current life; the biggest change being her grandfather, Peter, disappeared before she was even born. Not only is she struggling to live a life that is not at all what she knows (her mother and father are not the loving parents she knew, she has a boyfriend she never wanted, and everything she does confuses people), but she is also waiting, day after day, to see Wes. So when the opportunity to time-travel presents itself again, Lydia jumps at the chance with the hope of helping Wes and possibly figuring out the story behind her grandfather's disappearance. Along the way, Lydia learns many things about the Montauk Project, including both her and Wes's role in everything. Overall, Carter has done a decent job of following up and continuing Lydia's story. Lydia's life back in 2012 has changed so much from before she time-travelled that it is almost a relief when she ends up travelling back again in the hope of finding more answers. There is adventure, suspense, and a good helping of romance making this more than just a holding place before the trilogy wraps up. There are a few incidents that occurr that are never fully addressed, but it does not severely impact that overall outcome of reading this novel. This is a highly recommended purchase. Reviewer: Loryn Aman
School Library Journal
09/01/2013
Gr 7–10—In this sequel to So Close to You (HarperCollins, 2012), Lydia Bentley has returned through the time machine to her home in 2012. But it is not the home that she remembers. Her trip to 1944 has altered the time line drastically, and Lydia is desperate to get her old life back. When Wes, the Montauk Project operative who helped her return home, appears one night, Lydia is only too willing to travel with him through time again. Their new mission takes them to 1989, hoping to reverse Lydia's grandfather's disappearance, uncover the truth about the Project, and extract Wes from it permanently. However, time travel proves to be much more complex than that. As more facts surface, the possibility of escaping the Project becomes slimmer and slimmer. This Strange and Familiar Place starts out cautiously but slowly rises to a heart-pounding finish. Carter's characters are again complete and engaging. Readers of the series will anxiously await the conclusion of the trilogy and the resolution of Wes and Lydia's stormy romance.—Sara Saxton, Tuzzy Consortium Library, Barrow, AK
Kirkus Reviews
The mystery deepens as time-traveling Lydia struggles to set right the past that she inadvertently altered--driving her beloved grandfather insane six years before her birth. Lydia knows the Montauk Project is no crazy conspiracy theory; her family's been victimized by it twice now. Worse, she doesn't know if she will ever see her beloved Wes, a Montauk "recruit," again. Readers won't be remotely surprised when he appears and whisks her back to 1989--the year her grandfather in this altered timeline was committed to Bellevue and then disappeared--so they can investigate and perhaps learn how to set history right. Oh, and kiss swooningly, of course. In 1989, Lydia poses as a recruit assigned to investigate, with Wes, a New York City politician who--gasp--has some connection to her grandfather. (How this top-secret, technologically advanced, hyper-regulated operation fails to notice the black sweatpants and hoodie she wears instead of standard-issue shiny black spandex is just one of the many details this novel hand-wavingly dismisses.) The plot juggles three elements: Lydia's quest to right her timeline; the Montauk Project's cruelly sinister exploitation of homeless children as time travelers; and Lydia and Wes' irritating pushmi-pullyu romance, in which either Lydia or Wes continually worries the other's undying love has suddenly died--a ham-handed contrivance that does not noticeably amp romantic tension. Guess what: There's another cliffhanger. Stay tuned. Or not. (Science fiction/romance. 12 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062081087
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/02/2013
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
389,745
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
HL640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

Rachel Carter has been a teacher, a nanny, a caterer, and a bellhop. A graduate of the University of Vermont and Columbia University, Rachel is also the author of So Close to You and This Strange and Familiar Place. She lives in Vermont.

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BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Super excited for the sequel, this book left me in wonder in what exactly is going on!! Plot: Traveling back in time to fight a war that has long started with her family, Lydia’s time is running out quickly. She is once again, on the run and in hiding. She is time traveling trying to piece together what her grandpa did. I really love that with each chapter, Lydia is finding more and more answers. She is asking the right questions which unfortunately for her,  is causing people to look at her. She is calling way to much attention to herself and I knew, just knew certain things would happen. Love: I loved how this love progressed. These two need each other in every single thing that they do. They do try to fight it, to try to get on with their lives. It seemed that as though no matter what Lydia did, it always comes back to her. Wes is great character who pulls through for Lydia during tough times. He had me smitten for him until… Ending: *Jaw Drops* What. The. Heck. No seriously. Back up and rewind. Whattttt? I thought I had read that last few chapters wrong or something.  It really happen. And therefore not only I’m I slightly confused but really intrigued as to what will be reveal to the reader in the next book. Consider me hooked! Another fabulous tale, written well with plenty of action and time-travel, this book is awesome. I don’t think I ever spent so much time thinking about a book afterward. It certainly had a touch to it that leave me wanting more. Creative with a gut wrenching ending, This Strange and Familiar Place is an excellent addition.