Monday, March 18, 2013

Book Review: Fast Forward

By Melissa Amster

During my recent trip to Disney World (a.k.a. Magic Kingdom), we visited a classic "ride" known as the Carousel of Progress. It starts at the turn of the 20th century and shows scenes from different time periods, to explain how far we've come with inventions. It stops at the end of the 20th century, so we don't get to see inventions like the ones Juliet Madison comes up with in her debut novel, Fast Forward.

Kelli Crawford is on top of the world at the eve of her 25th birthday. She's dating a hot guy who could possibly be proposing to her and she's a successful model. What more could she want from life? Then she wakes up 25 years into the future, on her 50th birthday! Suddenly, she's married to the school nerd and everything is topsy-turvy in her life. Kelli soon has to decide if this is the future she truly wants for herself or if she'll be able to change it....provided she's given a chance to go back to the present.

I loved everything about Fast Forward! As you probably already know, I'm a sucker for time travel stories, whether it is in movies or books. This was like another 13 Going on 30 story, but with a wider time span. Since it is set in the distant future, Juliet gets to invent devices like the e-pad, which pretty much has everything one needs to function in life. She also gets to create a whole new world for Kelli (pardon the Disney reference), coming up with new characters and surprises along the way.

Fast Forward is everything I want in a chick lit novel. It's funny, clever, has interesting characters, great dialogue and even a love story. I found myself teary-eyed at times while reading it. It's a story I was able to easily breeze through, even though I didn't want it to end. The suspension of disbelief is definitely important to enjoy any kind of time travel novel and this is no exception. I can't wait to see what Juliet comes up with next and look forward to getting my hands on it right away!

Thanks to Harlequin AU for the book in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

Carole said...

Melissa, looks like one I'd really enjoy. Thanks for linking it in to BYL. Cheers