Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Locket by Stacey Jay

Publication Date: February 3, 2011
Summary from Goodreads:

On her seventeenth birthday, Katie discovers a locket and decides to wear it for good luck. But when her boyfriend Isaac finds out she cheated on him— with their mutual best friend Mitch, no less—he dumps her, leaving her devastated.
And then a miracle happens. The locket burns on Katie's chest and she feels herself going back two weeks in time, to the night she cheated with Mitch. At first, Kate is delighted to be a better girlfriend to Isaac this time around. But as other aspects of her life become inexplicably altered, she realizes that changing the past may have had a dangerous effect on her present.
Can she make things right before the locket destroys everything—and everyone—she loves?

My Two Cents:

Let's talk about the characters. Katie, Isaac and Mitch are childhood friends. Katie's life pretty much revolves around her popular boyfriend Isaac's. She has to be at all his games and sit with his popular friends at lunch that don't even like her. Without Isaac she feels like an outsider and feels as though he defines her. Isaac is a popular jock and everyone loves him. He's a little selfish and self-absorbed without really knowing it. I believe if Katie really put her foot down with him about not being there for her he might have made the effort to try. Mitch is my favorite character. He's attentive, hilarious, and seems like a lot of fun to be around. He's also lead singer of his own band. No wonder Katie ended up kissing him!

When Katie's boyfriend Isaac finds out that she kissed Mitch, her life gets turned upside down. Isaac wants nothing to do with her and she feels as if she'd do anything to get that moment back. Next thing you know the locket that she "borrowed" from her grandmother's jewelry begins to burn and she's transported back to before the kiss. When this happens she's all excited thinking she can get in there, be the best girlfriend she can be, stay away from Mitch and everything will be all good. Ummmm....NOT. 

It's just like the butterfly effect. Once you try to change one thing lots of other things will change. When Katie does this time travel things become a lot clearer to her. She thought she had a great life before with Isaac  when now that she's analyzing everything she see's that it's not. She begins noticing more of his faults that all seem to have contributed to her kissing Mitch in the first place.  

I really enjoyed this one. There's so much going on that you can't even try to predict what's coming up next. Stacey Jay tries something different and hits a home run.


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