Review: Rewind To You by Laura Johnston

One last summer before college on beautiful Tybee Island is supposed to help Sienna forget. But how can she? This is where her family spent every summer before everything changed, before the world as she knew it was ripped away.

But the past isn’t easily left behind. Especially when Sienna keeps having episodes that take her back to the night she wants to forget. Even when she meets the mysterious Austin Dobbs, the guy with the intense blue eyes, athlete’s body, and weakness for pralines who scooped her out of trouble when she blacked out on River Street.

When she’s with Austin, Sienna feels a whole new world opening up to her. Austin has secrets, and she has history. But caught between the past and the future, Sienna can still choose what happens now…

*I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

It's beenabout a year since Sienna's father died in a car accident, which she was also involved in. now going back to their summer house feels weird without him there. His death is constantly playing on her mind. Her mom won't talk about it and Sienna seems lost.

During her stay she meets Austin, a perfect distraction for her troubled mind. He's handsome, sweet and loyal, though it's clear there are some things from his past he doesn't want to talk about. It has all the element for a perfect summer romance, except Sienna technically has a boyfriend. Even though Sienna isn't completly sure about their current status, she still lets Austin persue her. Austin knows about the boyfriend, but is willing to fight for her.

It's pretty clear from the beginning that it's more than a summer fling between them. Sienna will need to make a decision about Austin and her boyfriend. While her mom is clearly rooting for theboyfriend, things aren't that clear cut.

Honestly Sienna wasn't my favourite character. I don't deal well with cheating and I believe that if she wanted to take things further with Austin, she should have dumped her boyfriend first. They have an on-off relationship, so the fear of when things might go wrong with Austin, she couldn't go back is ungrounded. Her boyfriend would take her back immediately. I know that isn't completely fair either, but that's just the way it is. Now it seems she's just stringing Austin along. He's her escape fromreality, but she doesn't think about the consequences.

Austin on the other hand I liked a lot. At times he can be very cheesy, but he's genuine and real. I do not applaud him for going after someone who'salready in a relationship, even if that guy is a jerk. He should have held back more with Sienna in the beginning, let her make that decision before giving his all. His character seems a bit more complex. He's this nice young guy, but there are certain parts of his life he doesn't like to talkabout. It seems he keeps people at a certain distance, and never lets them see all of him.

Rewind To You is an okay book. I liked the complexity of the characters and the progress they've made throughout the story. Some of their decissions I had trouble with and I'm still not sure if Sienna and Austin belong together. So my feelings are mixed.There are a lot of good elements, but also some lesser elements. I recommend you read it and make up your mind yourself.

The Author
Laura Johnston is the author of REWIND TO YOU, a contemporary YA romance releasing on September 15, 2014 with eKensington. She fell in love with the young adult genre both through her experience in high school as well as her job later as a high school teacher. Laura enjoys running, playing tennis, sewing, traveling, writing, and above all, spending time with her husband and kids.

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