After reading our TLR friend Guadalupe Garcia McCall’s Odyssean adventure “Summer of the Mariposas” in December, we took a short break to recoup, consider our favorite books of 2012, and only then did we pick our January read. We chose “Return to Me” by Justina Chen Headley based on “North of Beautiful,” which I read on my long train-ride to YALLFest in November. It was fantastic, featured a swoon-worthy Asian boy (remember how I complained there were so few of them?) and a smart, fascinating main character. I can’t wait to read “Return to Me” this week, particularly because I went to the same university as the protagonist!
About the book:
Nothing is going as planned for Rebecca Muir. She’s weeks away from starting college–at a school chosen specifically to put a few thousand miles of freedom between Reb and her parents. But her dad’s last-minute job opportunity has her entire family moving all those miles with her! And then there’s the matter of her unexpected, amazing boyfriend, Jackson, who is staying behind on the exact opposite coast.
And if that isn’t enough to deal with, mere days after moving cross-country, Reb’s dad drops shocking, life-changing news. With her mother and brother overwhelmed and confused, Reb is left alone to pick up the pieces of her former life. But how can she do that when everything can change in an instant? How can she trust her “perfect” boyfriend when her own dad let her down? Reb started the year knowing exactly what her future would hold, but now that her world has turned upside down, will she discover what she really wants?
Justina Chen, the acclaimed author of North of Beautiful, has created a moving and powerful novel about the struggles that arise from betrayal, the uncertainty of life after high school, and the joy that ultimately comes from discovering what’s truly in your heart.