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|Clockwise (Clockwise #1)
by Elle Strauss
Publish Date: November 21, 2011
My Source: review copy from the author
Nate is your typical high school hottie – plays tons of sports, dates the most beautiful girl in school, and is at the top of every girl’s wish list. Casey can’t believe her good fortune when he asks her dance but is humiliated when she finds out it was a dare. She’s further humiliated when she brings Nate back in time, but she doesn’t really have time to dwell on this as Nate is NOT cut out to live in the past. He doesn’t know the things to say, the way to act, or to stay out of the political discussions of the time – which, coincidentally, happen to be hot-button issues like slavery. Their dynamic is often hilarious as Casey teaches Nate the ways of 1860 and often has to get him out of little messes that he gets himself into when he says the wrong thing or acts inappropriately for the time period.
It is fun to read Nate and Casey together – for the most part. What I mean is that while they are in the past, Nate is not such a bad guy. He and Casey actually get to know each other and could – gasp! – even be called friends. But when they travel back to present time, Nate forgets that Casey exists. This is hard for Casey and stings a little for us because – let’s face it, if you’re a gal and you’re reading this – you KNOW that feeling. Still, Nate is super likable. Also…Nate and Casey actually travel back to 1860 several times and while Casey doesn’t necessarily realize it, readers can tell that Nate is kinda-maybe-pretty much-definitely falling for her. This happens, of course, over the course of all of these trips and is cute. Overall, the romance aspect of Clockwise is a little bit predictable but I’m absolutely okay with that because it’s really lovable and fun to read. PLUS the time-traveling factor adds twists and turns to this romance that make it unique and I love it when an author puts a fresh spin on things.
Sidenote: The nerd in me really loves American History. Like, I REALLY love American History…so to be able to read pieces of the 1860’s and even the 1960’s in Clockwise without feeling like I was reading a textbook is pretty awesome. I love the characters from these times and I think they represented their respective eras well. I love the descriptions of the clothing, homes, and culture-norms. I loved reading about Nate and Casey facing important cultural issues during the past (slavery, segregation, etc.) and then seeing how they responded and thought-processed the changes that have been made/are being made in the present. This was under-the-surface of the main story enough to know that it was there but not enough that it overshadowed the time-traveling and romance.
Overall, you guys, I think Clockwise was fun and read-worthy. It was light and easy and fun and quick. Even though the romance was a tad bit cliche, sometimes this gal likes that! I found myself reading faster and pulling for the duo when they found themselves in troubling situations and I loved the ending. I would recommend this book for readers of all ages and am excited to soon see where Elle Strauss takes Casey’s story in the next book, Clockwiser.
THE COTS CREAKED WHEN we sat on them. We faced each other across the small room like two combatants before the gun blows. And it was worse than that. Despite the grueling hike and the baggy trousers and the tense expression on his face, Nate was still adorable. How would I manage sharing a room with Nate? This was so awkward!
“Start talking,” he said.
“What do you want me to say?”
His left eyebrow inched up.
“Okay. I told you from the beginning, I did some time traveling.”
“Yeah, an unusual hobby.”
“Do you want me to talk or what?”
I took it by his silence and dark shade of his blue-eyed stare that he did. “Sometimes, I travel, but,” I lightened my voice, “I always go back.”
“Back to when?”
“Right back to where I left. No one will even notice you’ve been gone.”
“That’s good. Jessica would be so ticked if I took off without telling her.”
I winced. Evil Jessica Fuller. I’d forgotten about her here. The one good thing about traveling is that I don’t have to deal with her.
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