Friday, 6 May 2016

Blog Tour Back in the Day by Jess Bright (Children's, 11 years +, Young Adult, 10E/10E, short 'n' sweet review)

I love how Jess's name is!
5th May 2016, Oxford University Press, 256 pages, Paperback, Review copy 

Content: humour, tissues needed

Daisy didn't mean to travel back to 1985. How was she supposed to know about the time portal in the PE cupboard? So now she's at school with her teenage mum. Which is freaky enough, but her mum died in a car crash when Daisy was four. She knows she shouldn't change the past, but she just has to warn her mum about her fate. Wouldn't you? 

Nayu's thoughts 
Going back in time and seeing her no longer dead mum gives Daisy incredible memories and had me sniffing at more than one point in the book. Tissues are a must for reading it, as there are so many heartfelt moments that made me smile and cry at the same time. The how of the time travel is highly inventive, as the is the elaborate plan Daisy and Izzy use to get back to their proper present time. 

I loved the inevitable way the two once best friends had to work together, the way they each got to know their mums a bit better, even though it was hard for Daisy as she knew her mum would die if she didn't warn her. I liked how the mean girl in the past replicated Daisy's so called current best friend, because Daisy got perspective on their rocky relationship. 

As an 80s child with a dreadful memory I don't remember the fashion, but the descriptions made it easy to imagine. It may seem weird to Daisy not to have the internet and mobile phones, but at the time it didn't matter. I fondly remember writing letters to friends, it's something I still do now because it's fun getting something in the post, even if it takes a while. It was nice for Daisy and Izzy to experience a technology free society as they had great fun getting stuck in with prom planning, despite several mishaps that could scupper their plan to get home. The ending is wonderful in it's own way, and I'd love anoher adventure with the girls, even if it's not a time travel one

Find out more on Jess's website.

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