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Return to Me Kindle Edition
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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.
When her grandfather arrives and hauls Mom, Rebecca and her younger brother off to his place in Hawaii, it's the beginning of an amazing journey of self-discovery, one that allows Rebecca to learn what she really wants and how her passions can meld with the whole architecture thing, develop the courage to take a year off to discover what her passions truly are and realize how important her feelings for Jackson are, despite her fears about the fragility of relationships.
I admit that I was put off early in the book by the seeming illogic of having the family move all the way across the country if Dad planned to dump them. Why not just make the break while they're in their familiar home and lessen the trauma. However, by the time I finished the book, this wasn't nearly as big an issue because what happened after the move was a very interesting voyage of growth and self discovery. Teens who like offbeat romances, stories with a dash of magical realism, or who have had soured relationships (either their own or their parents) will really like this book.
Rebecca can’t wait to go to college, where she'll be free from her mom's dictatorship of lists and schedules. Then, her dad not only moves the entire family to New Jersey with her to pursue a job, he announces that he's been having an affair and wants a divorce. Rebecca feels very betrayed and becomes unable to trust anyone. She begins to question her relationship with her boyfriend Jackson, who seems too good to be true.
Rebecca is a strong and fierce person. Over the course of the novel, Rebecca learns to be true to herself and to trust her inner voice. She also matures from a girl who no longer knows whom she can trust to a young woman who can help her mother get through her devastation and form relationships with new members of her family. The feelings of having been betrayed by her father who she really loved and the life-changing situations she goes through also teach her to learn to forgive and to be thankful for what she's been blessed with. In the book, Rebecca shows us that no matter what parents go through, you can live your dream and find love.
Return to Me is a wonderful story about family relationships and how difficult situations can make family bonds stronger. It is a great book for the older teens who are facing with family breaking up, dilemma with love interests, and struggles of following their own paths. The challenges we encounter in our life can be discouraging and heart breaking, but we can always learn something through it and become stronger. It might be disappointing for younger teens or readers, but older readers will find an inspirational story in Rebecca.