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Review: Return to Me by Justina Chen

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Return to Me

by Justina Chen

Genre: Contemporary
Hardback: 352 Pages
Publication: January 15, 2013 by Little Brown BFYR


Nothing is going as planned for Rebecca Muir. She's weeks away from starting college--at a school chosen specifically to put a few thousand miles of freedom between Reb and her parents. But her dad's last-minute job opportunity has her entire family moving all those miles with her! And then there's the matter of her unexpected, amazing boyfriend, Jackson, who is staying behind on the exact opposite coast.

And if that isn't enough to deal with, mere days after moving cross-country, Reb's dad drops shocking, life-changing news. With her mother and brother overwhelmed and confused, Reb is left alone to pick up the pieces of her former life. But how can she do that when everything can change in an instant? How can she trust her "perfect" boyfriend when her own dad let her down? Reb started the year knowing exactly what her future would hold, but now that her world has turned upside down, will she discover what she really wants?

◆ A copy was provided by Little Brown for review ◆

Return To Me is the story of a teen coping with betrayal of the family, difficulties with relationships, and the search for self identity. It is also about healing, forgiveness, and growth.

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.

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5 comments on "Review: Return to Me by Justina Chen"
  1. Well, i have been wanting to read this for a looooooong while now
    GREAT review
    Your reader,

  2. I'm a huge fan of Justina Chen, so this is definitely one I'm planning on reading. Glad you enjoyed it!

    -Taylor @ Reading is the Thing

  3. Oooh, I love Justina Chen. Thanks for introducing me to this book and I just have to say I love the bit at the end of your review where you lay out the similar books.

  4. I thought this was a great book about family. Glad you enjoyed it too. :)


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