Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Year Without Autumn by Liz Kessler
Relase Date: October 11th, 2011 by Candlewick Press
Details: 304 pages, hardcover
Series: No
Source: Vine ARC (thanks Amazon Vine!)
Summary (Goodreads):
Jenni Green’s family vacation has finally arrived! Even though she has to deal with her annoying little brother, her slightly overbearing dad, and her very pregnant mom, she gets to spend a week with her bestest friend in the world, Autumn. But twelve-year-old Jenni’s world turns upside down when she takes an old elevator to visit Autumn and discovers that everything has changed: not only is her friend in a different condo, but tragedy has struck Autumn’s family, Jenni’s mother has had her baby, and everyone is a year older. When Jenni realizes that the elevator caused her to skip a whole year, she tries to go back, but soon finds that fixing things won’t be as easy as pressing a button. How can she alter the past and keep her family and Autumn’s from falling apart? With honesty and insight, Liz Kessler explores how the bonds of family and friendship can endure through time.

I saw this at B&N awhile back and kept passing by it. So I was pretty excited when it came up on Vine.

Jenni lives a pretty normal life. Well normal compared to her friend Autumn who's parents are artists and a tad bit out there. But Jenni has always been quiet and safe, while Autumn was the opposite. When Jenni takes an elevator that has never worked til today, her whole world is flipped upside down and she has no idea what's going on. It takes her awhile to figure it out, and once she does, you're in for a ride.

It was interesting to see where the author would take us with every floor that Jenni took. How much of her world would change and how one accident can make that much more of a difference. 

I found the concept of the mystery elevator to be kind of creepy (I'm not a fan of elevators). The idea of time travel and an alternate universe is always interesting to read about and this is no exception. 

Jenni learns what it is to be a friend and to stand up and speak out.


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