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Top Customer Reviews
With Justina Chen's latest novel, Return to Me, I can honestly and excitedly say that I have a new favorite author and top 5 book too!
Return to Me is inspirational, it's raw emotions, and it's powerful! It's more than just reading a book. It's living in the story, being Rebecca!
As Rebecca Muir prepares for Columbia University to begin her life as a fledgling architect, bomb #1 drops. Reb's mom says the one thing that would make any college freshman's toes curl! The whole family is moving with her!
While excited about starting college and getting out from her mother's dictatorship of lists and schedules, she is saddened over having to end her relationship to the love of her life, Jackson. Jackson who gets her. Jackson who loves her and only her. Everyone says she should end it. Her BFFs, her mom, and even herself.
The only person on her side it seems is her dad who tells her that some relationships are worth the fight and maybe this one is too.
However her dad had different reasons for this statement and is the very reason Reb, her brother and mother are uprooted and shaken to the very roots of themselves.
Of course this would happen. Happens to all the women on Rebecca's maternal side of the family. All the woman have "the gift", their men can't handle the second sight and the women are left alone. Become spinsters, are kooks.
Rebecca and her father, Thom, scoffed at the mention of the family curse and Rebecca's dream of building fairy tree houses instead of "functional" corporate offices.
Rebecca fights the visions that wage war with her to not move to the East Coast.Read more ›
Return to Me is perhaps Chen's most emotionally raw book yet. Reb and her family are betrayed early on, but this is not a story about reckoning with a cheating husband and disappointing father as much as it is about picking yourself up and finding your way in the face of heartbreak. Reb's story is about a family upended and lost, and how a person can find a safe refuge to start fresh, and with a fresh start, the courage to follow a pursuit with passion, the assurance of trusting intuition, and the ability to be open to everything that the future has to offer. Reb learns a lot not only about her family throughout the book, but also about love and trust through her rocky relationship with her boyfriend Jackson. Jackson is patient with her while she figures out her feelings, but he doesn't let Reb use him as a doormat. Each character is developed well in the novel, making Chen's message about finding love and acceptance a lesson for every character in the book. Return to Me is inspiring without being overwrought and is an empowering story for readers of any age.
Rebecca (Reb) is about to go to college for architecture at Columbia. Her father has also gotten a job in New York City, so her family has decided they should all relocate from the west coast to the east coast. Soon upon arriving at their New Jersey home, her family starts to unravel-her dad has been having an affair. This sends Reb, her brother, and her mom on a journey of self discovery as they try to figure out what they are going to do with their father moving out (and taking their entire source of income with him).
I appreciated the depth that this book took in developing the thoughts and feelings of a family that is left by the father figure. While we don't get to see much from her brother's point of view, we do get glimpses, and it's clear that the departure is affecting them all in different ways. Unfortunately, this development dragged on and on, losing my interest slowly, page by page. I enjoy deep characters, but one of the main reasons I love Young Adult literature is more often than not the plots move at a quick pace, and RETURN TO ME did not.
Another dislike for me is the epilogue of this book. Sure enough, each piece fit together perfectly, as they so often do in epilogues. I like happy stories, but I don't need each thing spelled out for me as a reader to know it ends up happy.
RETURN TO ME is better for those looking for a literary piece, or perhaps someone dealing directly with the issue of divorce.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rebecca is getting ready to experience freedom. She'll be leaving soon to attend Columbia University in NYC, giving her some space she desperately needs because her family is... Read morePublished on July 14, 2014 by John Rogers ClarkIV
Return To Me is the story of a teen coping with betrayal of the family, difficulties with relationships, and the search for self identity. Read morePublished on May 31, 2014 by Kris
Return To Me is the story of 18-year-old Rebecca, whose family is disrupted first when her father moves them from Seattle to New Jersey, second when he walks out on them within... Read morePublished on March 1, 2014 by Write Away
I had won an advanced readers paperback copy of Return to Me quite some time ago, but in my disorganized realm of endless book shelves, Kindle books, lists of to reads, have reads,... Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by Shelly Hammond
Coming from a home that is pretty substantially normal, I feel like I could never understand the full effect of what that situation mean. Read morePublished on October 5, 2013 by Michelle
Earlier this year I read Justina Chen's last 3 books. I read Girl Overboard, then Return to Me, then North of Beautiful. Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by LChin
There is nothing that upsets me more than a broken family. Coming from one myself, I found this book to be both hopeful and enlightening. Read morePublished on April 12, 2013 by Savannah (Books With Bite)
Uplifting, honest, authentic, intimate. I came to really care about the characters, loved looking at ourselves from so many different perspectives, minute by minute, emotion by... Read morePublished on March 16, 2013 by Valerie Vasey