I really enjoyed the book and finished it in two days. (It took longer to update my Goodreads account, sorry!)
The only reason this book doesn’t get five stars is because I really found it hard to believe that this boy wouldn’t foresee some problems getting back together with his girlfriend—who has been living for five years without him and is engaged and will forever be five years older than him now. Yes, they were in love, and yes, he feels like it was yesterday, but it was like he wasn’t prepared at all for her shock. He seemed too smart for that. I also understand he thought if he ever came back, it’d be like 70 years later, and this was just too close and too far all at once. Brilliant premise. I’m just saying I found his insistence that she’d just immediately fall back in love with him was not very believable to me.
You can get a great sense of his voice through the blurb—snappy, funny, fast and brutally honest. Two thumbs up.
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