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Return to Me [Kindle Edition]

Justina Chen
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Nothing is going as planned for Rebecca Muir. She's weeks away from starting college--at a school chosen specifically to put a few thousand miles of freedom between Reb and her parents. But her dad's last-minute job opportunity has her entire family moving all those miles with her! And then there's the matter of her unexpected, amazing boyfriend, Jackson, who is staying behind on the exact opposite coast.

And if that isn't enough to deal with, mere days after moving cross-country, Reb's dad drops shocking, life-changing news. With her mother and brother overwhelmed and confused, Reb is left alone to pick up the pieces of her former life. But how can she do that when everything can change in an instant? How can she trust her "perfect" boyfriend when her own dad let her down? Reb started the year knowing exactly what her future would hold, but now that her world has turned upside down, will she discover what she really wants?

Justina Chen, the acclaimed author of North of Beautiful, has created a moving and powerful novel about the struggles that arise from betrayal, the uncertainty of life after high school, and the joy that ultimately comes from discovering what's truly in your heart.

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Rebecca's father has a new job in New York and with Rebecca's imminent attendance at Columbia University, her mother decides to move the entire family to New Jersey from Washington. Rebecca has an overwhelming sense of foreboding and not just because she will be leaving her boyfriend behind. Shortly after moving, her father reveals that he is having an affair and is leaving her mother. Rebecca's whole world is thrown into chaos and she is no longer sure of what she wants. As she struggles to forgive her father, she forms new relationships with her maternal grandparents, brother, and mother. She learns to embrace her intuition and be true to herself. The author sensitively writes of the heartbreak involved in a betrayal of family without skipping any of the more gritty parts. Readers will feel the characters' pain as they are carried along with the engaging plotline. The story does bog down a bit in the abundance of healing and growth metaphors, but the conclusion is particularly satisfying.-Mindy Whipple, West Jordan Library, UTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Rebecca Muir (“Rebel” to her boyfriend) comes from a family of psychic women whose marriages never succeed. Reb is eager to begin studying architecture at Columbia, leaving her domineering mother behind in Washington. But troubling visions of wailing women and intense sorrow are confirmed when she learns that her beloved father is leaving the family for another woman. With the help of her devoted boyfriend, architect mentors, and her family, Rebel constructs a happy ending for herself, embracing her psychic gift and finding success as a tree house architect. Readers interested in New Age philosophy will enjoy the healing sanctuary in Hawaii; Reb’s theories on colors, auras, and tree houses; and the grandmother’s psychic healing tours. Despite these trappings, what drives Rebel’s story is her search for a meaningful life, a theme that will resonate with most teens pondering college and beyond. The plot resolutions are a little too tidy, and characterization is sometimes scant, but as New Age comfort food, Chen’s (North of Beautiful, 2009) latest work is a satisfying read about family betrayals, ties, and acceptance. Grades 8-12. --Debbie Carton

Product Details

  • File Size: 1046 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316102555
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (January 15, 2013)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZFPS3W
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,489 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ!! January 15, 2013
By Jovon
"What assurance did I have? None at all. It was wedding time."

With Justina Chen's latest novel, Return to Me, I can honestly and excitedly say that I have a new favorite author and top 5 book too!

Return to Me is inspirational, it's raw emotions, and it's powerful! It's more than just reading a book. It's living in the story, being Rebecca!

As Rebecca Muir prepares for Columbia University to begin her life as a fledgling architect, bomb #1 drops. Reb's mom says the one thing that would make any college freshman's toes curl! The whole family is moving with her!

While excited about starting college and getting out from her mother's dictatorship of lists and schedules, she is saddened over having to end her relationship to the love of her life, Jackson. Jackson who gets her. Jackson who loves her and only her. Everyone says she should end it. Her BFFs, her mom, and even herself.

The only person on her side it seems is her dad who tells her that some relationships are worth the fight and maybe this one is too.

However her dad had different reasons for this statement and is the very reason Reb, her brother and mother are uprooted and shaken to the very roots of themselves.

Of course this would happen. Happens to all the women on Rebecca's maternal side of the family. All the woman have "the gift", their men can't handle the second sight and the women are left alone. Become spinsters, are kooks.

Rebecca and her father, Thom, scoffed at the mention of the family curse and Rebecca's dream of building fairy tree houses instead of "functional" corporate offices.

Rebecca fights the visions that wage war with her to not move to the East Coast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Empowering January 29, 2013
Rebecca is excited to start college at Columbia University, across the country from her father's big expectations and her mom's color-coded schedules and detailed planning. So when her parents announce that they're moving to New York with her, she's less than thrilled. But the surprises don't end there; once in New York, Reb's father drops a bomb on the family that devastates them all and forces Reb to examine what she really wants, both in her future career and in her relationship with her boyfriend Jackson, and causes her to look at her family in an entirely different light.

Return to Me is perhaps Chen's most emotionally raw book yet. Reb and her family are betrayed early on, but this is not a story about reckoning with a cheating husband and disappointing father as much as it is about picking yourself up and finding your way in the face of heartbreak. Reb's story is about a family upended and lost, and how a person can find a safe refuge to start fresh, and with a fresh start, the courage to follow a pursuit with passion, the assurance of trusting intuition, and the ability to be open to everything that the future has to offer. Reb learns a lot not only about her family throughout the book, but also about love and trust through her rocky relationship with her boyfriend Jackson. Jackson is patient with her while she figures out her feelings, but he doesn't let Reb use him as a doormat. Each character is developed well in the novel, making Chen's message about finding love and acceptance a lesson for every character in the book. Return to Me is inspiring without being overwrought and is an empowering story for readers of any age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect high school graduation gift! January 23, 2013
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Add this book to your gift list for all the high school seniors in your life. The book will inspire them to follow their true passion as they embark on their post high school life. So many life lessons interwoven in one tale, fantastic!
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4.0 out of 5 stars More to this book than meets the eye, in a good way July 14, 2014
Rebecca is getting ready to experience freedom. She'll be leaving soon to attend Columbia University in NYC, giving her some space she desperately needs because her family is smothering her. Even though she'll be creating a 3,000 mile gap between herself and her first real boyfriend, Jackson, taking this risk is worth the possibility of the relationship failing to survive. Maybe, once she's free of her parents, Rebecca might be able to be herself the way she wants to.
Dad and mom blow her plans up in a hurry when he takes a job in Manhattan and they decide to move to New Jersey. Things get a lot worse when they make the move and Rebecca discovers her father is in the midst of a full-blown affair and is going to dump his family for a much younger woman. Not only does this threaten her college plan because the family finances begin to look really precarious, but her plan, adopted reluctantly in the first place (to follow in her father's footsteps and become an architect designing big box fancy projects), starts to fall apart as well, when her interview for a summer internship at a prestigious architectural firm, results in her being humiliated.
Rebecca inherited the family gift, or is it a curse, which both her mother and her grandmother have where they can 'experience' things that predict the future. Rebecca had it hit her for the first time when she realized her best friend's dad was going to die of cancer well ahead of when everyone else expected him to. She shared that with her friend who became so freaked, it severely strained the friendship. Since then, she's tried to hide her ability, even from Jackson, for fear she'll have another disastrous experience. Besides, she saw how the 'gift' hurt her grandparent's marriage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend
Good book from a good writer, love all her books!
Published 2 months ago by Barbara
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational story about family and growing up
Return To Me is the story of a teen coping with betrayal of the family, difficulties with relationships, and the search for self identity. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kris @Imaginary Reads
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and delightful fantasy
Return To Me is the story of 18-year-old Rebecca, whose family is disrupted first when her father moves them from Seattle to New Jersey, second when he walks out on them within... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Write Away
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book!
I had won an advanced readers paperback copy of Return to Me quite some time ago, but in my disorganized realm of endless book shelves, Kindle books, lists of to reads, have reads,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Shelly Hammond
5.0 out of 5 stars Great embodiment of everything I love about contemporary YA fiction
Several years ago, I read and loved Justina Chen's North of Beautiful. I haven't read any more of her books since then, but I've been meaning to. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kelli of I'd So Rather Be Reading
4.0 out of 5 stars The Book Heist Reviews
Coming from a home that is pretty substantially normal, I feel like I could never understand the full effect of what that situation mean. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommend
Earlier this year I read Justina Chen's last 3 books. I read Girl Overboard, then Return to Me, then North of Beautiful. Read more
Published 14 months ago by LChin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
There is nothing that upsets me more than a broken family. Coming from one myself, I found this book to be both hopeful and enlightening. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Savannah (Books With Bite)
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Captivating Read By Justina Chen
Uplifting, honest, authentic, intimate. I came to really care about the characters, loved looking at ourselves from so many different perspectives, minute by minute, emotion by... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Valerie Vasey
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing book!!!!
I have read and reread all your books every year, but this one is by far my favorite. I feel like I totally relate to the character and am in a lot of the same positions. Read more
Published 18 months ago by E. Williams
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More About the Author

Justina Chen is an award-winning novelist for young adults whose most recent book, Return to Me, was called an "uplifting story" by Publishers Weekly. Her other novels include North of Beautiful (a Kirkus Best Book of the Year), Girl Overboard (a Junior Library Guild premiere selection) and Nothing but the Truth (and a few white lies), which won the Asian Pacific American Award for Literature. She co-founded readergirlz, a cutting-edge literacy and social media project for teens, which won the National Book Foundation's Prize for Innovations in Reading.

When she isn't writing for teens, Justina is an executive communications strategist for executives. Previously, she was the speechwriter and executive communications manager for a president of Microsoft. Justina also conducts popular storytelling workshops, presenting at prestigious organizations ranging from the Mayo Clinic to Microsoft.

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