Living Backwards

Living Backwards

by Tracy Sweeney




Twenty-nine-year-old Jillian Cross refuses to believe that a pair of skinny jeans has led to her untimely demise. Life just isn't that cruel. But when an overly-enthusiastic attempt at squeezing herself into them leads her to fall and lose consciousness, she is faced with just that possibility. When she awakens with both a bruised ego and a bump on her head, she's not in her tiny apartment but her childhood bedroom circa 1999-the spring of her senior year in high school. Jillian knows that time travel isn't logical. But then again, neither was her decision to wear skinny jeans.

As she attempts to navigate her way through the halls of Reynolds High, walking the same path and making the same choices she made years before, she knows that any change she makes can have a catastrophic effect on her future. But when she strikes up an unexpected friendship with motorcycle-riding, cigarette-smoking Luke Chambers, can she pretend to be the same shy girl she once was? At least she has her pink sparkly flask to take the edge off. One little change won't hurt, right?

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ISBN-13: 9781621371861
Publication date: 01/21/2013
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

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Living Backwards 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a previously published online fanfiction by the same name.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this story before as a fanfic and now as a book, its a beautiful, sweet, funny story that I've enjoy more than a few time. It's worth reading, it was easy to picture everything like a movie in my head. It was fun to be transported back in the 90s for a while. And really who wouldn't like a chance to have a re-do? 
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite What would your life be like today if you could have a high school do over? Would you do it all the same or would you take this chance to seek revenge on the popular girls who mocked you and the jocks who ignored you? Or would you take this impossible opportunity to create your own destiny? Those are some of the questions 29 year old Jillian Cross must answer in Tracy Sweeney’s "Living Backwards". Instead of plodding the same path, Jillian must decide if the risk of changing the past with an unlikely friendship is worth the trouble of a different and more rewarding future. And with the help of a fabulous pink flask, what could be the harm in having a little fun the second time around? "Living Backwards" reminded me of a 90’s version of the film "Peggy Sue Got Married". Although not all friendships and very few romantic relationships last beyond the walls of high school, those relationships play a big role in who we become later in life and Sweeney captured that expertly by allowing different characters a chance to tell their stories. This is very effective story telling because our memories often become colored by time and outcomes and the story simply appears more real with input from multiple characters. This is truly a great read. It won’t change your life but it will make you laugh and it’ll definitely make you wonder what happened to that brooding guy in the back of class you sometimes fantasized about but never told your friends of.