REVIEW: A Year Without Autumn by Liz Kessler (109)
Title: A Year Without Autumn
Author: Liz Kessler
(Taken from Amazon.com)
If you could see into the future – would you look? Jenni Green doesn’t have a choice. On her way to visit her best friend, Autumn, Jenni suddenly finds she’s been transported exactly one year forward in time. Now she discovers that in the year that’s gone by, tragedy has struck and her friendship with Autumn will never be the same again. But what caused the tragedy? How did Jenni skip a year? And can she find her way back to the past to try to change what lies ahead? With humour – and her customary light touch – the author of the EMILY WINDSNAP books plays a fascinating game with time, and explores the changes that take place in friendships and families in the aftermath of a disaster.
I received a Year Without Autumn, thanks to NetGalley.com (Love that site!) This book is also the first that I have read by novelist Liz Kessler. Though, I can honestly say that it will not be the last. I thought the idea behind the novel, A Year Without Autumn, was pretty cool — time travel!
Jenni and her BFF Autumn are attached at the hip, so much so that they have near-by vacation time share homes that their families visit together every year. Though this year something very strange happens and Jenni goes to Autumn’s condo to meet up for their riding horses adventure only to discover that — Autumn doesn’t live there anymore. The strange thing is, Jenni just saw Autumn minutes before. What is going on?
Although the reader (i.e. me) makes sense of it early on, Jenni struggles with the ramifications of time traveling back and forth in the present and the future and making changes. Will knowing what the future holds help her save Autumn, or will it destroy her?
I found A Year Without Autumn to be a delightful tale mixing friendship and time travel. I would definitely recommend the book to pre-teen readers (and anyone, really, who enjoys a good time travel tale!) I can not wait to read something else by Liz Kessler.