Cassandra craves drama and adventure, so the last thing she wants is to spend her summer marooned with her mother and stepfather in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. But when a dreamy stranger shows up on their private beach claiming it's his own—and that the year is 1925—she is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making.
As she searches for answers in the present, Cassandra discovers a truth that puts their growing love—and Lawrence's life—into jeopardy. Desperate to save him, Cassandra must find a way to change history…or risk losing Lawrence forever.
Title: Until We Meet Again
Author: Renee Collins
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: November 3,2015I'm a YA writer who loves historical settings, magic, and semi-tragic romance. I'm represented by the amazing Mollie Glick of Foundry Literary + Media.
I want to thank Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.
When I first saw the cover of this book, I was fascinated. Just on that alone I wanted to read it. It is totally gorgeous. Then there was a time travel aspect in the blurb and I was hooked. I love a good time travel book!
Cassandra is stuck in a boring beach town for the summer. While she craves drama, she hasn't found what she really wants in this town. One night she meets a boy on the beach, and her life changes forever. Lawrence is everything she dreamed of in a boy. But when they agree to meet out on the street after their encounter, and he doesn't show, she starts to lump him in with every other boy her age. That is until they figure out they are both traveling to some mixed universe on the beach. One where people from both their universes can see them both, despite the fact that Lawrence says he's living in 1925.
Cassandra is an ok character. She's nothing to write home about. I liked her enough but she didn't WOW me. I wanted her to be more forthcoming with her family. I also felt like she let people step all over her, and I really wanted her to stand up for herself. Finally, all the things she did to defy her parents she got away with too easily. Lawrence was a nice character, but I will say I had a hard time really truly understanding him. There are so many more chapters in Cassandra's POV then his, it was hard to really get to know him.
I will say I wasn't hugely thrilled with the romance in this book. it was just ok for me, with a little too much insta-love to really make me stand behind it. I wanted more of a build up, but I can see the author didn't have much to work with seeing as the main characters could only meet on the beach if they wanted to be together.
The story line is interesting. For the first half of the book it's really about the two characters figuring out exactly how they are able to see each other and how they can make it stick. When that's finally resolved, Cassandra stumbles across something that will change Lawrence's life forever, and she's determined to make sure things don't end they way history has presented them. But messing with the time continuum never comes out right and things change in both their universes as they plot to change the course of time.
Overall, the book was enjoyable, but I would not put it up there with the best time travel book ever. I kind of wish there had been more to the characters' relationship with each other. I also wanted to see more of Lawrence's world.