Review: ‘So Close To You’ by Rachel Carter

I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘So Close To You’ by Rachel CarterSo Close to You by Rachel Carter
Series: So Close to You #1
Published by HarperTeen on July 10th, 2012
Genres: Love & Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Young Adult
Pages: 313
Format: ARC
Source: publisher unsolicited
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 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 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 questions all her choices - and if Lydia chooses wrong, she might not save her family but destroy them... and herself.

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Time travel in YA books haven’t been touched upon until now. I’m definitely liking this theme. It had an infinite amount of possibilities and it can be rather exciting to move forward or backward in time. We find Lydia Bentley, your average seventeen year old teenager on her way to apply for summer internships. Looking forward to her future she could not guess what could happen. While walking in the forest with her grandpa, she uncovers the secrets that have been haunting her grandpa for the past thirty years.

I don’t like adding spoilers in my reviews, and I’m definitely not going to start. But this got me devouring the book in earnest. There’s something about having the ability to see the different eras that makes me excited to read about it. I love how she interacts with all her family, Mary was way too funny, and she always made me chuckle at her audacity.

I admire Lydia and her tenacity to find out the truth about her family. She is definitely determined to find out what happened and will stop at nothing to get the answers. She’s not without any faults though. I thought she was soo darn stubborn. Never listening to what Wes said, I found it hilarious she defied him all the time. The romance between the two was rather touching, but I also thought they fell for each other way too fast. I couldn’t help but wonder why that happens in YA books, but I believe it’s because of the influx of hormones. Wes is definitely a great character who stands by Lydia no matter what.

That ending was fairly predictable because when you mess with time, it can have such dangerous consequences. I can’t wait for the next book!


Oh, you know Mick thinks you hung the moon, and it shows all over his face. But Wes…I thought he’d set Lydia on fire with just his eyes.





  1. Jessica

    October 23, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    This book sounds so interesting!

  2. Lilian S

    October 15, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    wow, your review make this book so interesting for me. I never read time travel on YA book before, maybe i will start with this one

  3. Grace Lo

    October 7, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    I’ve seen So Close To You around on Goodreads, but haven’t looked into it so much . . . Time travel really doesn’t have a ton of books in the YA age group as opposed to other genres, and I’m glad that you found So Close To You and enjoyed it. c:

  4. Jaime Lester

    September 23, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    I hadn’t heard about So Close to You until sometime a month or so ago, but it immediately captured my attention. I love the cover, and the premise is very interesting. I have only read a few reviews, and they have all been positive. Including yours. That makes me even more excited to give this book a go. Thanks for the review!

  5. Paige

    July 5, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Awesome review! I loved this book =)

  6. Lexie B.

    July 3, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Great review! 😀 Insta-love and predictability can sour a reading experience a bit, but this one has such a cool premise that I think it’s worth it. It IS really cool to see someone finally touching on time travel in YA. It’s a fascinating concept, and I love to see how people explore it.

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