Oct 13, 2013
Author: Cristin Bishara
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Publication Date: September 10, 2013
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars
If Ruby Wright could have her way, her dad would never have met and married her stepmother Willow, her best friend George would be more than a friend, and her mom would still be alive. Ruby knows wishes can’t come true; some things just can’t be undone. Then she discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield with a wormhole to nine alternative realities.
Suddenly, Ruby can access completely different realities, each containing variations of her life—if things had gone differently at key moments. The windshield wiper missing her mother’s throat…her big brother surviving his ill-fated birth…her father never having met Willow. Her ideal world—one with everything and everyone she wants most—could be within reach. But is there such a thing as a perfect world? What is Ruby willing to give up to find out?
I didn’t have any expectations of Relativity when I started it, so I was pleasantly surprised that it captured my attention so well. I really enjoyed the set up of Ruby moving to a small Ohio town. As Ruby deals with the fact that her dad has moved them to a small town, she discovers a time-traveling, parallel universe hopping tree. She then embarks on a journey to discover who she is and who she could be.
Ruby was a great character, and I really liked her bravery throughout Relativity. She was incredibly smart and I actually really enjoyed that. So many times the heroine is smart, but in a literary way. Not Ruby, she was a certifiable math/science genius. I really enjoyed that because I love getting the explanations. I didn’t like Ruby as much towards the end, I felt like her personality was changing and it wasn’t to something I liked.
I wish we could’ve gotten to know Ruby a little more at the beginning, because she did change so much throughout the book. I was really happy that Ruby ended up getting to see her mother. However, it ended up changing Ruby, and I can understand why. It just felt like she was old enough to know how terrible that idea is.
There was a good supporting cast with her Dad, Willow, Kandy, Patrick and George. However Kandy was freaking crazy, and I really thought Ruby should’ve said something. I think her Dad and Willow would have believed her, especially because Kandy had been in trouble. Also, the romance with George just felt forced. It didn’t even need to be in the storyline, in fact I think the book might’ve flowed better if it hadn’t been there.
Overall I really did enjoy the book, but parts of the book felt forced and the reactions weren’t believable. With this being the case I would give this book 3 out of 5 stars. I would’ve liked to see less romance (I know it’s unusual), but I just felt like the book would’ve had more meaning without it. I will definitely keep an eye out for other books by Cristin Bishara though because I think that her writing will grow.
3/5 – Worth Reading
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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