Saturday, October 29, 2016

Nothing Stays the Same by Catherine Chant

How far would you go to save someone's life? Leah and Brennan are going all the way back to 1973. One Choice Changes Everything... In 1973, The Beat Detectors are the hottest TV pop band to hit the airwaves since The Monkees, thanks to the appealing vocals of rising teen idol Ronnie Basford. But behind the scenes, not everything is rainbows and unicorns. Ronnie realizes much too late that one bad decision can ruin your whole life. Forty years later, Ronnie is dead from an apparent suicide and his sixteen-year-old son Brennan wants answers. He needs to understand how it all went so wrong. When he finds himself dropped back in time, to the set of his father's TV show, he's determined to redirect the course of his father's life and create the happy ending Ronnie deserved. Soccer star Leah Reinard has been crushing on Brennan Basford for ages. When they end up at the same summer job, she thinks the fates have finally aligned in her favor. That is, until Brennan suddenly disappears from existence. One day he's there, the next day, he's gone. And no one but Leah even remembers him. Can Leah find Brennan in time to stop him from ruining both their futures?

Anyone who knows me knows that I couldn't resist this book. It has two elements that I love: time travel and early pop idols. So I was super excited when I was offered a copy for review.

Have you ever listened to a favorite old song, closed your eyes, and felt like you could actually be transported back in time? I know I have. And apparently so has Catherine Chant because she made it her time travel device of choice in Nothing Stays the Same.

Every time travel story has to establish a set of time travel rules such as How does time travel happen? and How does it affect the future? These concepts were laid out clearly without a ton of explaining or complicated and awkward conversations. This author's time travel rules were different from most stories I've read. In fact, the characters only had to listen to a record, focus on a memory, and whoosh! Back in time.

Nothing Stays the Same is fun and colorful. There are funny moments but also heart-wrenching ones. It's a clean, young adult novel with suspense, romance, and plenty of mystery. It's a great read for teens but also for those of us who spent an unmentionable amount of hours dreaming of the Monkees and David Cassidy and the like.

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