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Totally Tubular (An '80s Time Travel Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Gwen Hayes
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Book Description

When sixteen-year-old Carrington Morris attends an 80s themed dance at her high school, she inadvertently travels back in time to 1986 and quickly latches on to the only person she "knows"--her 16-year-old mother, Heather.

Forced to navigate a world with New Coke, an MTV that plays actual music videos, and a mother who takes her to keggers and tries to set her up with the future mayor, Carri worries that she will screw up her future like she's seen in the movies, so she befriends three nerds (who else would understand the time-space continuum?) One of those nerds, Nate, might have the key to her time travel...and her heart

When her mother's tragic past catches up to Carri's present, she'll need to walk a mile in Heather's jelly shoes if she's going to save both of their futures.

Product Details

  • File Size: 485 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gwen Hayes (December 6, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LQ8NSO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,972 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable and Well-Delivered September 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Ms. Hayes has a knack for creating engaging and likable characters from page one. Carrington and Nate, a pair of teens caught in a time warp in her ubiquitous Serendipity Falls, were no different. Their romance was believable and warm despite all those tricky time travel paradoxes. Paradoxi?

A child of the 80s myself, I couldn't resist picking this one up. I believe this book is technically a YA, but it's definitely suited for adult audiences, too. It was a short read but full of emotion and charm. Plus there were 80s jokes. And lots of music references. And New Coke.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Adorable February 5, 2013
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Carrington is fed up of dealing with her mom's two bottle of wine a night problem and tendency to play "Careless Whisper" a little too much. She's meant to be the kid in the house, but she feels far older than her 16 years. Carrington heads off to the school dance dressed for the 80s theme in jelly shoes and crimped hair. While looking in the mirror in the bathroom at school, her reflection blinks. She touches the hand reaching for her from the other side of the mirror, and hey presto, she's back in the eighties and face to face with her sixteen year old mother, Heather. Heather takes Carrington under her wing, and she finds herself living with her grandparents and sharing a bedroom with her mom.

Now Carrington's a smart girl; she knows she should stay away from her mother. Every time travel movie and book says not to make waves in the past - it's the surest way to get yourself written out of the future, or history - or whatever, but she can't help it. She likes her mother at sixteen and they become best friends. Carrington tracks down a few nerds to help her figure out how to get back to her own time. She doesn't bargain for one of the nerds to be such a hottie. Soon enough, life in 1986 is looking a hell of a lot rosier than what's waiting for Carrington in 2011.

I loved Carrrington's voice. She's full of life, warmth and wry humour. "I was having a déjà vu that went déjà wrong". The teenage speak was charming, and Carrington's narration made Totally Tubular a simple but gorgeous read. She has a personality I adore: funny, a tad sarcastic and down to earth. She's also a good person and a responsible teenager. Carrington's a bit jaded with the world, as she herself readily admits. I warmed to her immediately and dare any reader not to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Time Travel December 21, 2011
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I really enjoyed the trip down memory lane to the 80s. This book lived up to the premise of a girl walking a few miles in her mother's Doc Martens. The romance was fun, too. The story fell apart a little, for me, during the wrap up, but then it's often hard to bridge that gap between past and present when one half of a pair of star-crossed lovers has to make a believable switch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chick-lit December 16, 2013
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Easy to read books, like most of Gwen Hayes books are.
Light entertaining, dosen't demand to much of you. Should be qualified as classic chick-lit.
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More About the Author

Gwen Hayes lives in the Pacific Northwest with her real life hero, their children, and the pets that own them. She writes stories for teen and adult readers about love, angst, and saving the world.

Gwen's first novel, Falling Under, was released in March of 2011 by NAL/Penguin and followed up by the sequel, Dreaming Awake, in January of 2012.

She is represented by Jessica Sinsheimer of the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency.

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