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The Locket Paperback – February 3, 2011
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"The novel's atmospheric use of reality-bending detail and narrative tone...will appeal to a wide range of readers." --The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books
About the Author
Stacey Jay is the author of You Are So Undead to Me and Undead Much. She lives with her husband and three kids in Maumelle, Arkansas, and is also a photographer.
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I didn't enjoy how the main character Katie, felt like she needed to be perfect to be with her "perfect" boyfriend. How she was oblivious to how non perfect and jerky he was. But Mitch her best friend was there trying to get her to see. However, Mitch might possibly be the reason why she wanted to erase a mistake that she realized should have never been erased. However, my only problem with the book was that she was trying to hard to make her boyfriend happy. I just don't really like that in stories. I like a super strong female lead especially since girls live with role models such as Miley Cyrus. (Don't even get me started on her) But Katie is strong an realizes that you don't need to be perfect with the one you love. I really don't want to give stuff away in this book and how it ends but is really hard.
However, she did learn a valuable lesson in things happen for a reason good, bad and the ugly. We learn from them, we grow from them, and the lead us to the path we were meant to make. I thought it was a great story with a great lesson to be learned.
Also, I love, love, love the cover of this book the moment I laid my eyes on it.
What I love about Stacey's writing, and with great novels in general, is that you can usually climb into the main character's skin. With The Locket it was easy, fun and intense. I loved Katie and could relate with her lack of confidence for instance. It was also one of those stories where I mostly disagreed with the main character. Though, I understood her and what she was experiencing (Yeah, you can understand how worried someone can be because a magical locket is turning your life upside down !), I was also questionning myself because of the choices Katie had to make. Was it a good idea to wish for a second chance instead of cleaning up the mess? What would I do if I could fix one of my mistakes? Is it okay to be a little selfish when your friends' lives depend on what you do and how you act ? During her journey as the life she knew is partially changing, Katie realizes she should be careful about what she wants. And maybe what she wants is not what she really needs.
Regarding the other characters, you won't be disappointed ! You will have someone to hate, someone to laugh with, someone you will want to be friend with... Of course, there is the book boyfriend ! Actually, you could say there are two options but I quickly made up my mind about who I prefered. Should I say on which team I am? Because for me, it was obvious ! But like I said earlier, Katie's choices wouldn't have been mine. I disagreed with what the main character did but I also understood how she felt.
Now, the end ! I can't give you details but I can talk about how I was moved by this conclusion. Because until the last for pages, you don't know how it will end. I cried like a baby, my heart and my eyes didn't want to believe what I was reading. It was amazing and I got carried away so easily. The end was perfect, right and moving.
I'm never disappointed with Stacey Jay's novels and with The Locket I wanted to read more of Stacey Jay's books !
Katie and Issac have been going out for three years. One night Katie is feeling particularly neglected by her boyfriend and makes the mistake of kissing their best friend Mitch. Someone saw, told Issac and on their anniversary he dumps her and leaves her miles from her home to walk back in the rain. While she had been getting ready for their date, Katie borrowed a locket from her grandmother and chose to wear it. While she is walking home, feeling awful about things, she wishes that she could go back in time by two weeks and never kiss Mitch to begin with. The locket burns her skin and she opens her eyes back on the night of the dreaded kiss. She has the chance to fix her mistake, but changing her past is messing with her future and she isnt positive she can ever fix it.
This story was wonderful. I love the concept and the locket and how cruel it often was. The characters were nice too. I was left wondering about some of the things that happened in the alternate reality and if they had actually happened in the real reality or not, but it doesnt really matter if any of the things really happened, they helped Katie to grow.
Watching Katie and Mitch together was wonderful. I loved seeing how they were meant to be together. The wedding scene really sealed it for me. Mitch was so wise about things. The end of the last time travel is heartbreaking. I cried and cried.
I expected the ending. I was wishing for it really. I think I cried harder from getting my wish than I had from the sorrow of the last time travel.
This is a really hard book to talk about without spoiling it completely. I will say, that I shouldve read this book months and months and months ago when I bought it for my kindle on sale instead of waiting all this time ignoring this perfect story.
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