So Close to You by Rachel Carter

Publication Date: July 10th, 2012
Harper Teen
Format: Hardcover, 313 pages
RATING: 3 out of 5 Stars


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 the 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 ever 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 question all her choices–and if Lydia chooses wrong, she might not save her family but destroy them . . . and herself.

Stunning cover. Interesting premise. Mildly entertaining book.

Do you hear that? That’s the sound of the crushing disappointment in my tone. [Sigh]

This book failed to engross me. The characters were flat with about a foot of range of emotions between them. If you want me to dive into a world you’ve created, you need to convince me. Whole-heartedly. As it is, time travel is one that’s a hard sell, and unfortunately, So Close to YOU didn’t even come within an inch to being believable. I was given very little insight into the parameters of time traveling. All I was told was that there was a bunker where they did experiments and…stuff. I don’t look for a thesis if the book is even edging toward science fiction,but heck, sometimes, I need to know some of the hows. However, I do love the concept of the chain reaction or the domino effect when you change the past and how it would affect the future – not an original concept but it’s still amazing. I thought it was interesting, to say the least. I love the idea that if you change something even minute, it would start a reaction that could possibly wipe your existence in the future. I also wish that the idea that children are more susceptible to time traveling was explored more.

Wes. The boy is a bundle of intense energy on the verge of an explosion. That is, that’s how I perceived him to be. He cornered the market on brooding and heated gazes. [I want to roll my eyes, but even I can admit that I actually liked him.] The problem is, there wasn’t enough of him. The book would marginally be better if he was around more but this role was limited to uhm…brooding, stalking, keeping Lydia in check and more brooding. There’s a lot of…[wait for it]..dark secrets between them, which led to the ultimate disatisfaction and impatience with the book.

I also had a difficult time with Lydia. I couldn’t support her cause to stop what was she was hell-bent on doing. Again, we go back to conviction and I, for one, wasn’t convince that her reason was viable enough. I appreciate the close relationship she has with grandpa but it wasn’t enough to fuel her drive to change the  past. I simply didn’t understand the girl.

I liked the 40’s era and the author gave me an acceptable glimpse of the world back then; the war – the world on the verge of Depression, the women and their roles. However, I primarily used my own imagination without the help of the author. If you want to get the full experience, you’re on your own because her world building was minimalistic.

VERDICT: Over all, this book just didn’t complete the package for me but most would enjoy it. It had the cookie-cutter heroes and romances with a touch of the…sci-fi. A very, very, teensy-weensy touch.