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Through Ed’s eyes Alexa Kang succinctly shows the differences between the social mores of the Forties and Eighties. For example, Ed is shocked that in 1989 Julia is driving a Japanese car and listening to pop music sung by a German band. When she takes Ed to a school she is very surprised to see “colored” students mingling and dancing with white students. He is not angry about it but he is definitely astonished. There is also a part in the story when Julia is worried about her grades. Initially Ed didn’t understand her anxiety, because in his day most women married after high school. “You’re a girl. As long as you pass, that’s good enough.” He doesn’t say this with derision, but it upsets Julia. After discussing things he begins to see Julia’s modern point of view.
This is a sweet story of young love, but Julia and Ed are not an ordinary teenage couple. They belong in different eras, and despite Julia’s plea to stay in 1989, Ed is a man of honor, and he refuses to let down the men in his unit.
This book is a quick and enjoyable read. This is the fifth story written by Alexa Kang and that I have read. I recommend this one, as well as her Rose of Anzio series.
First of all, I felt instant connection with the characters, and that says a lot. Julia is a very relatable protagonist, even though in the beginning she comes across as a little lost and confused concerning her relationship, her studies and even her own future. However, everything changes as soon as Ed, a young soldier from the past appears in her room through a time portal in an old clock. Watching their attraction grow was a beautiful thing on its own; but the way it influenced Julia and helped her grow up into a wiser, much more mature and determined version of herself shifted this novel to a new, emotionally deeper level.
Ed won my affection effortlessly as well, being a perfect role model of not only a true patriot but also a true gentleman. What I also appreciated was how the novel dwelled on such issues as compromise, sacrifice, standing up for what is right, and even feminism and chauvinism.
I’d definitely recommend this novel not only to a YA audience but everyone who loves a good story.
The love story was very sweet. Julia and Ed's relationship develops naturally through the story without any rushing, and when they get together, one can't help but feel happy for them. I really wanted Ed and Julia to find a way to be together always.
I also loved the time travel aspect of the story. I thought that Kang took a concept that we are all familiar with but breathed new life into it.
There were a lot of twists and turns along the way, and while sometimes I had an idea of what might happen next, I definitely did not see the ending coming. Overall, this is a great story, very well-written, and I can't wait to read more from this author!
There were a couple of issues that I couldn't help but notice, the main one being the grandfather had already mentioned to her proof of something she was wondering about, yet later on in the book it was if she'd never heard it/gotten the answer. Also, how could the brother be eating a drumstick when the meal was pot roast? Those were more continuity issues than the ick romance mentioned elsewhere.
Then Julia notices something different about the old clock in her room. She can see into the past. And then a soldier comes to visit her. At first his visits are inconvenient, but then Julia looks forward to them. Suddenly the girl who hated school and was miserable is now happy and a real history buff.
This is a great Young Adult novel. I really enjoyed it. The characters are great and the story is well developed. This is a great novel for anybody who enjoys YA or romance.