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Life in school wasn't easy for Gwen. Who could she trust? The jock she was helping with his paper? Her teachers? Her friends? Well, she really had only one friend, but then... 'Course it didn't help that people, including her mother who dragged her off to the psychiatrist, began to think she was crazy because she spent part of her time in the past--not just on research...
Highly recommended. The meeting and melding of minds is believable. (I wondered how she (the author) would handle that.) I liked Gwen and Guin and couldn't wait to see if they would succeed in winning through to their goals. Harder when you're not sure what your goal is.... And would there be heroes on their journeys? Lots to like in this book, including issues and people we can relate to.
Although the stakes are very different for these young women, their struggles are in some ways the same. Each must overcome entrenched societal attitudes and even betrayal as she fights to declare herself her own person. Guin is dismissed as a mere girl, someone whose life is meant to be determined by others. Gwen is written off as crazy by her teachers, her friends, and even her parents.
Life in the Middle Ages is vividly portrayed, adding a realistic feel that put me right in the scenes with Guin. We even meet familiar figures from history and literature who don’t always behave in ways we might expect. I found it especially fun to "hear" each girl’s take on the strange world in which her other-dimensional friend exists.
As for the writing, this author hits her notes perfectly, treating the themes of friendship, sacrifice, courage, and young love with both wit and warmth. I highly recommend this read!
However, I struggled to get through the first part of the book in order to finish it. Modern Gwen had very stilted, unrealistic language that caused me several times to check which time period she was in. The adults in the modern world did not behave as expected; Gwen's grades were dropping so her teacher called her mom, rather than have the guidance counselor speak directly to the student? And then Gwen is taken to a psychiatrist not a tutor? And how convenient that Kresta's mom is a psychotherapist who could define what had gone wrong with their friendship. And Gwen's dad had been an Army Ranger and his advice could help with breaking the siege at the Castle?
In the medieval time period, I really could not discern in the narrative what made Lancelot such an appealing prospect to Guin, other than being handsome, which seemed to go against the whole concept of the heroine's journey of discovery about herself. And a nun's habit was just left in a closet in medieval London for Guin to find and use for a disguise? Too many convenient coincidences made this a disappointment as the idea had a lot of potential.
(I received a copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley, in return for an honest review)
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