When I heard that this book involved time travel and that it was set in the year 1944 I practically traveled at the speed of light to grab a copy. I just adore anything that takes place in this era and after reading Rachel Carter’s debut YA novel, So Close To You I was reminded why. In the book it is discussed why the younger people of this era act so much on impulse, for example eloping at a young age or deciding to become a nurse for the war instead of going to college with other friends. Because of the war, youth new that life is short so you have to take every chance life has to offer you. Throughout the book author Rachel Carter is able to capture that sense of, I can do anything with a character like Lydia, who time travels to this very year, she fits right in because she has that very same attitude.
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Lydia Bentley has heard stories about the Montauk Project all her life: stories about the strange things that took place at the abandoned military base near her home and the people who've disappeared over the years. Stories about people like her own great-grandfather.
When Lydia stumbles into a portal that transports her to a dangerous and strange new reality, she discovers that all the stories she's ever heard about the Montauk Project are true, and that she's in the middle of one of the most dangerous experiments in history.
Alongside a darkly mysterious boy she is wary to trust, Lydia begins to unravel the secrets surrounding the Project. But the truths behind these secrets force her to question all her choices—and if Lydia chooses wrong, she might not save her family but destroy them . . . and herself.
From reading the journey that Lydia Bentley embarks on, you know she is destined to be a great journalist. When trying to discover the secrets of her families past you are right in it with her and all the adrenaline pumping moments. She is constantly in the line of fire when shuffling through important military documents and being suggested as a spy from her very own great grandfather Dean. Lydia is very quick witted when dealing with such accusations, while being asked innocent enough questions about her family, by her family in 1944, she has to come up with answers so that she is not ever revealed as there future relative. Overall Lydia is just a young woman who has her families best interests at heart. The mystery behind her great grandfathers disappearance has had repercussions on her present day family and Lydia will stop at nothing to solve this very mystery and help her entire families misfortune. She is immediately likeable when reading the book because of this honest characteristic.
Wes is so dark and mysterious. There are still so many questions I have about him, but in a good way. My goodness and entire book could be written about his experiences alone. Wes is the young man who keeps showing up mysteriously whenever Lydia is on to some big discovery about the Montauk Project. So Close To You has an extra punch to it because of Wes. While reading you are constantly wondering the secrets of the Montauk Project but then whenever Wes appears you know an even bigger secret is about to be uncovered and this only helps Lydia get closer to both Wes and the secret.
Mary, Lydia’s confidant and great aunt is the bee’s knees, she was so much fun to read. She acts on impulse and always has a smile doing it. She would be a remarkable friend for any girl to have. For me Mary really sums the era of the 1940’s. She lives life to the fullest and is always there to lend a hand or encourage others who need it. Throughout the book she always stands by Lydia when her brother Dean is making early suggestions in regards to Lydia being a spy. It’s almost like Lydia is the shadow of Mary or what could be attainable by her someday in her own future.
I love how this book has its full circle moments. While Lydia is stranded in 1944 she literally gets to climb her family tree. She learns how her family met the love of their lives and their futures together, and at the same time she is face to face with the person she could possibly see herself with. The ending of So Close To You is literally like a heartbeat. Everything happens so quickly but in the exact way you’d expect things to happen. Dean’s moments near the end of the book are just so genuine that I could see him in my mind and I was completely torn up about it. And my god the ending is just…I’ll just say that I was speechless for about fifteen minutes. After going through my thoughts I had another drawn out discussion with my husband. During this discussion I thought to myself, “Wow, this is really great that a book like So Close To You could actually strike a great conversation about family, and a lot of ‘what would you do’ questions.”
Rachel Carter’s So Close To You is a book that anyone can read. If you like to read historical fiction you could easily get caught up into this wonderful book. If you are a time travel nerd like me then you will LOVE IT! You will come out of it with a new perspective of how we live today and hopefully look at your family in a new light if they lived during WWII. I strongly recommend this book and advise everyone to give it a chance.
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