Mind-bending: A Review of SO CLOSE TO YOU by Rachel Carter

So Close to You (So Close to You, #1) 
So Close to You
Rachel Carter
313 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: July 10th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LIKED

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

   An engrossing plot, a mind-bending dilemma and unexpected love line the pages of Rachel Carter’s YA debut So Close To You. Its a quick read with a killer ending that will leave readers muddled.

   So Close To You started slow. Throughout the book, the plot is slow-moving. In fact, throughout the first-half of the novel, I found myself distracted and ready to skim a few pages. My mind was wandering and I couldn’t keep myself from glancing further into the book. Though in the end it picked up drastically, I realize not every reader will give it a chance.

   Lydia is a hard-headed girl. She knows how to throw a punch, get in trouble, and well, get in trouble. The whole story stems from her inabililty to keep her curiosity to herself and stay away from danger when told to do so. And while I didn’t find myself connecting with Lydia most of the time, I did love the scenes with her grandfather. Particularly because it reminded me of my own grandfather.

   I wish I could have gotten closer to the characters. Understood them more. But even as I read more and more of the story, I still felt like I was watching everything unfold from a distance.

   So Close to You is a solid debut with lots to offer as a promising start to a new trilogy. The time-travelling concept it surrounds around is easy to grasp for even the most sci-fi-illiterate readers. The ending is a cliff-hanger, leaving a lot of threads hanging, and some suspense for the sequel. And while So Close To You doesn’t have what it takes to be a read that will linger in your mind long after, you’ll be surprised by the ending. And eagerly anticipating book two.

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    Randi M

    July 2, 2012

    I'm really interested in reading this. I'm not usually crazy about sci-fi (unless it's post-apocalyptic/similar, it's my least favorite YA genre), but this really caught my eye. First off, the cover is gorgeous, and yours is the second review I've read of it, and both were very good! Thank you for sharing. :)

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    July 2, 2012

    Great review!! It's good to know that even though it starts slow, it does pick up. Lydia sounds like a pretty interesting character. I like the idea of the book and I am excited to read it. I just got this in the mail from HarperTeen so I will be reading it really soon!

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    Lady Ardour

    July 2, 2012

    I really like this review. I like our writing style, snappy, straight to the point, yet, a great use of vocabulary! Looking forward to your future reviews.

    Lady Ardour

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    Mimi Valentine

    July 2, 2012

    I've wanted to read this book ever since I saw that gorgeous cover, and I'm glad it's worth the read! It's too bad that you felt more like a bystander than a person who was truly involved in the story (that can always bring a book down for me too), but I've always been a fan of time traveling and this sounds like a great first book to a series! :) Your review just pushed me to request this one — I hope I like it too!

    Amazing review, Hafsah! <3

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    Rummanah Aasi

    July 2, 2012

    Despite its slow start and cruel cliffhanger, I'm actually drawn to this book for the mind-bending emotion that was evoked in you. I've had a string of hit or miss with time traveling books so I wonder what side “So Close to You” will go on. Thanks for the great review!

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    Sierra Abrams

    July 3, 2012

    Great review! I'm looking forward to reading this one – I've heard good things!

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

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    July 5, 2012

    I loved this book! I can't wait until it comes out so I can get my own copy! Great review!

    ~Paige @ Comfort Books

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    July 27, 2012

    Sounds okay. Slow moving is something I'm not fond of, but it still sounds interesting. :D

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    Soumi@Pages From My Thoughts

    July 27, 2012

    I have not got a chance to read the book yet, but I will soon, especially after reading your awesome review.

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    Book Whales YA Reviews

    August 5, 2012

    Thanks for the great review!! I want to read this boo now.

    Dannielle/ The UnseelieNerd

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    September 26, 2012

    I've heard great things about Close To You but it's ashame to hear it's slow going. I probably will give this a go later on though. Great review!

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    October 4, 2012

    Too bad you found it a slower read. I'm still thinking I'd really enjoy this one. I've fallen in love with foreign authors.

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    October 19, 2012

    I am not sure what to make of this. I am interested in the story but not a fan of slow paced books. I guess only time will tell if I give this one a shot.

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    Jaime Lester

    November 21, 2012

    I absolutely want to read this series, but I think that I am going to wait until closer to the release date of the last book. I have so many cliffhangers hanging, I just don't know if I can take another right now. :) Thanks for the review though. This has been on my radar for a while now. I like hearing good reviews about it.

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    December 11, 2012

    I've read a few reviews of this book and it sounds really good. I'm pretty sure I would like it. But the characters concern me a tad. But since I'm prepared and know they might be less than stellar than perhaps it won't bother me too much. The plot sounds AWESOME though! Thanks for the great review!