Review: So Close to You by Rachel Carter
Lydia Bentley has heard stories about the Montauk Project all her life: stories about the strange things that took place at the abandoned military base near her home and the people who’ve disappeared over the years. Stories about people like her own great-grandfather.
When Lydia stumbles into a portal that transports her to a dangerous and strange new reality, she discovers that all the stories she’s ever heard about the Montauk Project are true, and that she’s in the middle of one of the most dangerous experiments in history.
Alongside a darkly mysterious boy she is wary to trust, Lydia begins to unravel the secrets surrounding the Project. But the truths behind these secrets force her to question all her choices–and if Lydia chooses wrong, she might not save her family but destroy them . . . and herself.
SO CLOSE TO YOU is an imaginative time travel YA that will blast you into the past. Full of characters that make you smile and a mystery that is woven into the very depths of the story, you won’t want to put it down. While the romance is lacking and seems to go way too fast at times, the minor characters and intricate plot will make it more forgiving. If you’re in the mood for a rare time travel YA, SO CLOSE TO YOU may be the book for you!
Lydia is a head strong girl who loves her grandfather with all her heart, no matter that she thinks his mind isn’t exactly sane. She has heard of the Camp Hero myths all her life because of her grandfather, and while she gradually begins to think less of them, there is still some place in her mind that can’t deny that something is up. It is that mindset that gets her into trouble and she finds herself hurtling through time to 1944, right before a major event that will affect her family for the rest of their lives happens.
I appreciate the way Lydia treats her grandfather. She respects him and will do anything she can to make him happy, even if she doesn’t believe his stories. She has so much love in her heart for him and that makes her a great person in my book. While it was a little annoying how she got herself into really crazy situations by doing stupid things, I knew it was all for love in the end.
Her “romance” with Wes is definitely not one of my favorites of all the books I’ve read. I felt like it went WAY too fast and I had a hard time believing that they had fallen for each other in a matter of days. I’m sorry, but I can’t believe that that happens. I was also a bit agitated that there was barely any relationship development in the beginning, but in the final half it all just happened. However, I do think that Carter can make up for my unhappiness about the romance in the sequel. There is potential but it just didn’t give me warm and fuzzies in SO CLOSE TO YOU.
Readers are going to fall in love with the side cast of characters in this one! All of them, especially Mary, have such personality and they became stars of the show. Instead of staying in the background, they jumped out to front stage for me. I’m hoping for more of some of them in the sequel, but we’ll see what happens!
If you are a fan of time traveling books, you are totally going to love SO CLOSE TO YOU. The characters and plot stand out and work together to make the story better as a whole. I can’t wait for more from this world!