Once Was a Time by Leila Sales
Star Rating ⭐️⭐️ 2/5 Stars
Release Date: April 5th, 2016
Synopsis: 2 young girls during World War 2 are separated through time travel, and one of them goes on a journey to discover what happened to her best friend while trying to navigate the new world she finds herself in.
This book was all kinds of a mess for me, the plot sounded interesting but it just didn’t deliver.
I felt like the whole thing was too convenient and predictable, and as a middle grade lover I have read some that really can span to any age but this was not one of those. It read very middle grade and way too simple for the first half. I had a problem in that right in the middle of the book, all of a sudden 3 years have passed but Charlotte herself didn’t really change, and after that chapter there seemed to be a lot more material added that was more confusing.
There’s a big part that goes into the physics of time travel and Stephen Hawkins’s theories etc. and I just didn’t understand how most of the book was so simple and then BAM, stuff no one really understands…
I didn’t like Charlotte, I felt like she was so predictable and it really annoyed me how she just fell in with the mean girls and never questioned it even though she came from a time where they did things differently. I had even bigger issues with the fact that she just showed up out of nowhere and none of the adults in the book question anything!
I think the only thing I really liked was Jake, and the idea itself of the book kept me going… It wasn’t hard to read, in fact with all the questioning I did while reading, I wasn’t bored or anything. It was a very short book and that might have been the issue.
I love Leila Sales, This Song Will Save Your Life is one of my all time favorite books, but I just don’t think this one worked.
If this had been a YA book instead of middle grade, with older characters and a lot more information and character/world building, it might have worked.
Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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Until next time, bye!