Tuesday, July 28, 2015

(61)If I Could Turn Back Time by Beth Harbison


It is the eve of Ramie's thirty-eighth birthday and  Ramie is reflective on her life thus far. While she is wildly more successful than she ever thought possible, her personal life is not where she thought it would be at this age.  With one break-up after another Ramie isn't entirely sure that she has been in love since her high school boyfriend, Brendan. When Ramie wakes up on her thirty-eighth birthday she is shocked to discover that it is twenty years ago on her eighteenth birthday.   She rejoices at seeing her long deceased father and beloved childhood dog, but she also is eager to see Brendan again and a bit apprehensive about actually having to go back to high school.  A few days back in high school is all it takes before Ramie  wakes up on the eve of her twenty-eighth birthday.  She is a teacher and married to Brendan.  And expecting their first child.   Everything she thought she wanted out of life, but still she finds herself longing for something more.   Finally Ramie gets back to her thirties , but will she realize how important it is to live the life she has instead of longing for the life she doesn't have?

If I Could Turn Back Time was a fluffy "what if" kind of book.  I enjoyed Ramie and thought she was a great character.  She does exactly what I would do If I Could Go Back In Time - she tells her boyfriend's parents to go all in on Microsoft.  I also loved how much "love" Ramie gives to her father - she really showed appreciation for being able to see her deceased father again. And even tries to convince him to see a doctor early in an effort to prevent his heart attack.   Ramie also decides to be a little more inhibited than she was her first time as a teenager.  Like not waiting to lose her virginity, but she is also  more reserved about things like her best friend binge drinking.   I was a bit surprised at how the story ended.  Beth Harbison could have gone for the easy conclusion, but she didn't, and I respect that in an author.

Bottom line - If I Could Turn Back Time was a fun, fluffy read.  Ladies of a certain generation (ahem; me) will get a kick out of the 90's references and will give you a little bit of an opportunity to go back in time.

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