Publication Date: January 15th 2013
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.
Return to Me is a beautiful story about coming together as a family and discovering who you are.
Reb, short for Rebecca, thinks she has everything sorted out. She is going to college at Columbia to study to become an architect and plans to break up with her boyfriend to avoid a long distance relationship she is convinced wouldn’t work. Her family is also making the move across the country, due to her father’s new job in NYC. She is a complete daddy’s girl and often writes her mom off as just being a controlling dictator who is obsessed with to-do lists. But something happens that changes everything…
When we are first introduced to Reb and her father, they seem to have a great bond. He seems supportive and loving, a great father who wants great things for her. But as soon as the entire family moves across country and into their new home, BAM! He drops a bomb that he has been having an affair, and decides to leave his wife. This made me RAGE. I mean, what was the point of having them all move then?? They hadn’t even unpacked! Talk about a midlife crisis. But what we see from this situation is Reb really coming together for her family. She starts to realize how amazing her mom is and how much she wants to help and support her to move on and pick up the pieces of their lives. She had mistaken her mom’s actions before for controlling when in fact it was always concern. The whole family comes together, Reb, her mom, her brother, and her divorced grandparents. It was so refreshing and beautiful to see a family become so strong after something so terrible.
Besides the events happening to her family, Reb is also discovering her dreams for her future might not have been completely her own, and had been heavily influenced by her father. She has a lot to figure out, but she was such a gracious spirit. And what I perhaps loved the most, was how committed her boyfriend was during this whole ordeal. She had let her fears from her father’s decisions and family curses come between them. But, he refused to give up! He was constantly sending texts of love and encouragement, but also stepping back when Reb, or Rebel as he called her, needed. He was so sweet and I almost wish we got even more of him, but this isn’t a story of romance. This is a total coming of age novel about a girl and her mother finding themselves.
The only gripe I had with this novel was the addition of Reb and her family’s sixth sense and premonitions. I could have done without it BUT it all ties into embracing who they are in certain ways so I get why it was included.
If you love a good coming of age story, then I would definitely recommend you check this one out!
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