15 Minutes by Jill Cooper
I have 15 minutes to save my mother’s life….
15 minutes is all the Rewind Agency gives you in the past, but for Lara Crane it’s enough time to race through the city, find her mother, and stop her from being killed in a mugging that happened over ten years ago.
But that’s not how it happened. The story she’s been told all her life is a lie and when Lara takes a bullet meant for her mother, her future changes forever.
The love of her life acts like a stranger. Her simple life is replaced with a giant house, glamorous clothes and a new boyfriend.
Except someone knows her secret. And he will try to stop her at every turn as she races against the clock to unravel a dangerous conspiracy.
15 Minutes is an edgy high octane YA thriller that can be described as Back to the Future meets Inception where the people Lara trusts change in an instant. She is in a timeline she doesn’t understand, and is about to make one fatal mistake as she faces an enemy so familiar, he’s family.
I love time travel books and I love YA books, so combine the two genres into a story and it’s pretty much a given that I will want to read it! 15 MINUTES by Jill Cooper instantly sucked me into the story from the first page.
The story is based on the idea that time travel is possible through a time travel agency, however there are many rules and stipulations that a time traveler must follow. The main character, Lara Crane, is determined to break the rules in order to go back in time to save her mother who was killed when Lara was a young child.
The story, which is a fast read, is told in first person by Lara Crane who is a very likeable character. As the story progresses, she is torn by romantic feelings for two guys who are very different from each other. Typically in a story when the character has to chose one guy over another, it’s pretty obvious who she should chose, but Jill Cooper has created two likeable love interests which keeps the reader guessing which guy Lara will end up with.
This is a well thought out book with several twists and turns in the plot. Think Back-to-the-Future, when Marty McFly changes one thing in the past everything else in the future changes as well; the same rules apply here. The results of this story definitely weren’t predictable and I read through it faster than I do most stories because I wanted to find out what was going to happen next.
I give the book 4.5 stars. It was absolutely fantastic; however, at some parts toward the end it seemed to go a little fast and I found myself confused at one or two parts and had to reread a paragraph or two to find out what had just happened. Other than that, I loved it and I am thrilled that this is only the first book in the series. I can’t wait to read book #2 in the Rewind Series by Jill Cooper!!
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