Rewind to You

Rewind to You

by Laura Johnston

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ISBN-13: 9781601833518
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 09/01/2014
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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Rewind to You 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
hmweasley More than 1 year ago
The story within Rewind to You was enough to hold my attention although there was nothing about it that particularly wowed me. It was, overall, what I expected going into the book. I did enjoy some of the attempts to incorporate the setting into the story and make it an important part of what was going on. In fact, if I had to choose a favorite part of the story, I would probably choose its setting on Tybee Island, which made it very much feel like a summer book. My least favorite part of the book would without a doubt be the characters. Aside from Sienna's boyfriend Kyle, who you figure out pretty quickly is not someone you're meant to like, I wasn't particularly interested in any of the characters. I did like Austin. He's just about the only character I can say that about. While I get the impression that I would have liked both Brian and his mother if we saw them more, the fact of the matter is that we don't. Sienna and Brian are meant to have been friends since they were kids and spend every summer with each other, but that didn't come across that well in the book. Once Sienna meets Austin at the beginning, I think she interacts with Brian maybe twice. Or once? I honestly don't remember. At any rate, it left their friendship being something that you were told about far more than you actually saw. I also think I would have liked Sienna's brother Spencer more if we actually saw him. I think I was supposed to be left with the impression that their relationship greatly improved over the summer based on the ending of the book, but I'm not really sure how that could be when it wasn't shown in the book itself. Really. Sienna's relationships with everyone except Austin and Kyle is neglected in the books. That's not necessarily a bad thing. I went into this book knowing it was a romance, so I expected such a thing to be the case. It's just that the author seemed to try to make the book about Sienna's relationships with everyone at the end, which didn't feel accurate to the rest of the book's sole focus on Sienna and Austin's relationship. All of that being said, I did enjoy Sienna and Austin together, and because of that, I mostly enjoyed the book. The only pet peeve I have is that Sienna spends the majority of the book dating both Austin and Kyle, which Austin knows about and Kyle doesn't. While Kyle is set up as a jerk who has repeatedly cheated on Sienna from the beginning, it didn't leave me feeling any better about Sienna's reactions. Sienna also gets very defensive when her mom is angry about this, which seems a bit unfair considering the circumstances. Was Sienna's mom unfairly prejudiced towards Austin? Yes. She treated him horrible as a person. However, I would have been more worried if she'd seen her daughter cheating on her boyfriend and not been angry about it. I was actually surprised that she didn't do or say more to condemn what Sienna was doing. Overall, Sienna seemed to get a huge pass for cheating from just about anyone. Almost everyone knows she's dating Austin despite the fact that she has a boyfriend back home, and hardly anyone seems to care, which is an aspect of the story that I can't seem to wrap my head around. It made what would have been an otherwise more positive experience instead leave a bit of a sour taste in my mouth. I didn't like it, and it made it far more difficult to support Sienna and Austin's relationship. I almost would have appreciated a bigger focus on Austin anyway. I enjoyed th
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Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
Any book where the main character is grieving the loss of a father instantly grabs my heart. Sienna is struggling with guilt over the death of her father and pressure from her mother to be a success- but on her terms. It was a pleasure to read the developing friendship and romance between Austin and Sienna, with the first person point of view switching between the two characters. In fact, I'd say the story equally focuses on Austin and his struggles as well- feeling like he's from the wrong side of the tracks, falling in love with a girl who won't break up with her boyfriend back home, and holding on to anger towards his own father. It was easy to experience the emotions, the ups and downs of Austin and Sierra, even though I wish they would be smarter and make things easier on themselves! This is a clean young adult romance (despite what the cover infers) and the only thing I didn't like is the fact that Sienna is essentially cheating on her boyfriend with Austin and leading Austin on, yet doesn't see anything wrong with it. The writing is excellent and the story only deepens as the summer draws to a close, leaving the characters with resolution and the reader with a satisfying ending. (Thank you to Book Blasts & Blog Tours and Kensington Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A beautifully written and highly emotional older YA read. A chance meeting on the streets of Savannah has the power to alter the course of two lives. He's worked hard and overcome stereotypes and obstacles to get to just this place in his life. Everything is good. She's still an emotional mess after a horrible life loss but trying hard to make her way. The summer after their senior year is one neither is ever likely to forget... This is a great read and one I recommend to all.
CamiChecketts More than 1 year ago
I loved the clean romance in this book and the way the plot weaves the character's lives together to create such angst and the opportunity to forgive. I would highly recommend Rewind to You to teenagers on up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love a good YA summer romance and for me, this one totally hit the spot! Why didn't I ever have a summer romance like this one? Sienna is a girl who seems to have it all--star football player boyfriend, wealthy, beautiful, and ready to start college, majoring in dance. But she has some issues. Her father passed away the summer before her senior year in a car accident--and she was driving. Sienna has a hard time dealing with that and when the family goes to Tybee for their annual summer vacation, memories resurface and cause problems for her. Right off the bat, Sienna finds herself in a scary situation...and she also finds herself in the arms of a very handsome stranger. Austin hasn't had an easy upbringing. He's had to fight to get to where he is, yet he is the kindest, most non-judgmental guy you could meet. He and Sienna seem so different, from the opposite sides of the tracks, yet sometimes, opposites really do attract. What girl in her right mind could resist Austin? Sienna has some serious choices to make. I really enjoyed the sparks between these two characters. They both have issues to deal with and the way they come to realize what really matters was such a treat. They both make some generalized assumptions about people, including themselves and each other, but there is generally more to a person than just a few facts. I loved the journey; I loved the story; I loved the romance; I loved the little surprises and twists; and I loved the ending! Content: no language; mild violence; lots of kissing. Clean!
lovelygen13 More than 1 year ago
I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I have a few male characters on my book-boyfriends list and Austin made it into the list. What I love so much about Austin is his honesty. He is always honest with Sienna…ALWAYS. The building-up of the story and the romance was great. I actually liked the pacing because there were interesting facts in this story. I am a Psychology major and I learned something in this book that could be seen as Epilepsy but it isn’t—it has to do more with the psychological matter and I can’t wait to investigate more on this. I loved every character, except for Kyle (Sienna’s boyfriend) and Nancy (Sienna’s mom). I was in my Advanced Spanish class in college and I kept rolling my eyes, shaking my head, raising my hands in a frustrated way so much that my friend seated behind me asked me if I was okay. I was so frustrated with those two. Not only that, I hated the cheating part. I don’t and will never agree with cheating and this story has loads of it, coming from Sienna. This is the reason why I can’t give this story 5 stars. All in all, it is a great story to read. Very light and to the point and shows a lot about honesty coming from a guy, which I love.
quibecca More than 1 year ago
FAN FREAKING TASTIC!  Let's just get that out of the way.  This story was such a sad, and beautiful story all at the same time.   I love that this book is told in alternating POV.  I love it when a book does that.  I love to know what is going on in the head of all my characters.  Some books offer that, and some touch on it.  This book on the other hand captured it all, and it was awesome. Sienna - She is a fantastic, and complex character.  She is damaged and doesn't really know how to "make things better".  She has had tragedy in her life and doesn't seem to be able to forgive herself for things that have happened.  She is struggling, and trying hard to be happy, even though her mother seems to have mapped out her life for her. Austin - Well "swoon"...ahhhh.  The minute he comes into the book I fell in love with him.  No, I am completely serious.  He is just the type of guy I would want my daughter to find and marry some day.  I cannot think of one thing I didn't like about him.  He has his flaws as well as some secrets.  He is trying very hard to make the best out of the life he has.  His so kind, caring, compassionate, and down right sexy.  (Well at least in my head he is.  Johnston does a great job of making a drool worthy character). There are some other characters in this book that I ended up liking as well.  I really liked Sienna's younger brother.  Problems and all.  He was actually quite funny.   Sienna's mom is my least favorite character.  There always has to be at least on character that you don't like right?  Sienna's boyfriend Kyle is also a character I felt like hitting upside the head the entire time.  He is the type of guy you PRAY your daughter doesn't fall in love with!  I just cannot stand him. When Austin and Sienna met I couldn't wait to read on and find out what was going to happen.  I devoured this book.  I couldn't put it down.  It seems like every time I had to it was a critical part of the book.  UGH, that "mother" thing can be so bothersome when you are reading such a great book that you just cannot put down.  Hehehe.  KIDDING.  I love my kids ;). Just when I thought all was well something else would happen.  Johnston has some beautiful writing.  Now, for my FAVORITE thing about this book...it's CLEAN.  It's a beautiful books about loss, betrayal and best of all unconditional love.   Seriously, there is nothing I can say about this book that I didn't love.  Other than those characters that are thrown in there that are great "love to hate" characters.  That just means the author did there job in keeping the book balanced.   I honestly could feel the hurt and pain they were going through, as well as the joy.  One minute I am crying the next I am grinning ear to ear.  This is such a fan freaking tastic book.   Source:  I was given this ARC ebook by the publisher in return for an honest review.  I was not compensated for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
bhillson83 More than 1 year ago
A powerfully written novel that will evoke every emotion of you possible and leave you feeling empty and full at the same time - a paradox of emotions. Laura Johnston's debut novel is a knock out of the ball park, as she has written a novel that is none like no other, with her tale of Sienna and Austin two people who are destined to be together but have a past that can tear them apart ... Johnston is a fantastic writer as her story flows from page to page, capturing your heart, soul and mind as your read along to Rewind to You and has your full attention. Once I started reading Rewind To You, I was unable to put the book down as I had to find out what was in store next for Austin and Sienna. The connection between the reader and the characters is amazingly strong as Johnston's writing captures your attention and draws you in so that your focus is only on the beautiful story in front of your eyes. I can't say it enough times how much I love books where the POV is alternating between the characters and Johnston doesn't disappoint. I find that these books are so well rounded as the reader has the ability to understand each character better and see through their eyes what is going on and gets to feel what they are feeling and it's like having a key to the inside of their brain. In this case, it is a real treat to be able to understand each character that much better and to actually see and feel what they do. Rewind to You is a beautifully written story about guilt, forgiveness, love and the ability to move on with the sweetness and purity of young love. You need to add this book to your To-Be-Read Shelf immediately!
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
Laura Johnston quickly drew me into Sienna and Austin's story. With the storyline centered on the city of Savannah,GA., it was easy for me to envision Sienna and Austin walking along River Street visiting the shops,and scrolling down Tybee beach. I’ve lived fairly close to Savannah my whole life, so this was a plus for me while reading this novel. Rewind to You also centers around death; the pain of those who are left behind, the struggle they have to deal with after losing a loved one. But it also shows us how meeting that special someone and their love has a way of filling the empty hole of loss in our hearts. And this will be what Austin and Sienna's love does for each other. Their love will be the healing and the forever kind. Sienna was very naive at the first of this story. And this was hard for me, because I like to read and connect with a strong heroine. I did get a little impatient, wanting to see Sienna lift her chin high, straighten her back, and kick some butt with the situation between her mother and jerk of a boyfriend, Kyle. But I have to admit, I love seeing Sienna grow into her own, independent self through this story. And her love for Austin gave her the strength. I enjoy seeing love that encourages and builds one another. To me, that's romance, true love. And Laura Johnston delivered that kind of beautiful romance with Sienna and Austin. Austin; I fell in love with him from the get go. Yep, this boy is beautiful inside and out. I do love a football star. Austin has had a horrible family life, but with everything he had to endure while growing up, he is an amazing guy. This boy had me shedding tears for him. Especially toward the end with what happens between him and his father. Rewind To You is a beautiful, heart touching romance. Laura Johnston deals with a subject we don't want to think about, the loss of a loved one, but she did it with heartfelt tenderness and a beautiful romance. I recommend Sienna and Austin's love story as a must read.