Until Me Meet Again
by Renee Collins
Expected Publication Date: November 3, 2015
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Obtained Via: I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my final opinion of the work.
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I’m not sure if Until We Meet Again is the story I’d normally be drawn to. . . if it weren’t for the time travel aspect. I’m always a sucker for time travel! On the surface, the premise of this book kinda reminded me of the movie The Lake House, except I found that movie hopelessly boring and this book was anything but.
Until We Meet Again has a bit of a rough start in the middle of some action, and after the first chapter, I was apprehensive. But once main character Cassandra met love interest Lawrence, I was HOOKED. They live almost 100 years a part, but their burgeoning relationship feels natural. Each of them have distinct personalities and you can just SEE why they’re drawn to each other. I ended up really loving their romance, even as quick as it developed. I felt this was a quick(though not instant) relationship done RIGHT. There’s a sense of urgency behind their meetings, because once they figure out they’re living years a part they don’t know long it will last. It makes sense for them to fall quick & hard for each other.
Until We Meet Again is a love story. There are subplots and some pretty epic scenes, but at heart it’s a love story. I am not a reader who reads for romance, but every once in awhile I DO love to read a book that focuses a lot on the romance(in a way that makes sense), and that’s how I feel about Until We Meet Again. The relationship was sweet, a little sad, a little hopeful. There were one or two scenes that I felt went a bit overboard on the cheesiness of the romance, but I have a low threshold for sentimentality.
Also, Until We Meet Again is a bit odd in the way it straddled the divide between being escapist fun and a sweeping love story. I loved both parts, really! BUT it is the book you absolutely have to suspend your disbelief for. There are 1920’s mob bosses and scandal and time travel, of course. That particular subplot, while well done, seemed a bit. . . jarring, in tone, compared to the sweeping, grand romance parts. I loved both, but I did feel there was a bit of a disconnect there.
However, it was a book I absolutely did not want to put down and was a total stay-up-late reading kind of story. There were some little things I mentioned above(the rough first chapter, the disconnect in tone) that did bug me slightly. . . but overall I REALLY enjoyed the story itself. It felt a lot like a classic “love-between-time” tale. . . while also offering something new and fresh, and I LOVE when a book feels that way.
Really enjoyed this one! The romance between Lawrence and Cassandra made my heart happy. A few little things I wasn’t too fond of, but in the end they didn’t really affect my enjoyment much. If you’re looking for a good YA romance, I would definitely recommend this one. 4/5 cupcakes.