I received this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I was immediately intrigued by the premise of Until We Meet Again when I saw it on NetGalley. I’m a big fan of YA book, and although I’m not familiar with author Renee Collins’ other books, I’m certainly going to look out for her books in the future.
This is the story of Cassandra and Lawrence. They meet on the beach on the North Shore of Massachusetts and immediately strike up a friendship. There’s just one problem: Lawrence is actually from 1925. As inexplicable as it seems, Cass and Lawrence are able to meet regularly and then go back home to their respective eras. When Cass’ curiosity gets the best of her and she looks up Lawrence at the library, she finds out something shocking. She wants to help her new friend, but how will helping him affect the future?
The story alternates between Cass’ perspective and Lawrence’s. I especially enjoyed Lawrence’s chapters. He is poised to start Harvard in the fall, and then law school after that- but he wants more out of life than the strict regimen his uncle has laid out for him. Having part of the story set in the past was rather refreshing, and provided the opportunity to see highlights of the best aspects of the 1920s, from the fancy parties to gangsters.
Cassandra was also an intrepid narrator. She has difficulty believing what she was experienced at first, but then becomes fascinated by the unique phenomenon. I really appreciated the development of her character throughout the story. Cass showed a lot of false bravado at the beginning of the story; it seemed like she something to prove. The mystery with Lawrence consumes her, but it also causes her to become more introspective.
I would absolutely recommend Until We Meet Again. This novel deserves a place among the great time traveling romances. I was hooked from the beginning, and I had trouble putting this book down. I was utterly charmed; this is one of those YA books that hold appeal beyond its target audience.