**I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
TITLE: Class of ’59
AUTHOR: John Heldt
PUB. DATE: September 2, 2016
WHERE TO BUY: Amazon
Class of ’59: When Mary Beth McIntire settles into a vacation house on June 2, 2017, she anticipates a quiet morning with coffee. Then she hears a noise, peers out a window, and spots a man in 1950s attire standing in the backyard. She panics when the trespasser sees her and enters the house though a door to the basement. She questions her sanity when she cannot find him.
In the same house on March 21, 1959, Mark Ryan finds a letter. Written by the mansion’s original owner in 1900, the letter describes a basement chamber, mysterious crystals, and a formula for time travel. Driven by curiosity, Mark tests the formula twice. On his second trip to 2017, he encounters a beautiful stranger. He meets the woman in the window.
Within hours, Mary Beth and Mark share their secret with her sister and his brother and begin a journey that takes them from the present day to the age of sock hops, drive-ins, and jukeboxes. In CLASS OF ’59, the fourth book in the American Journey series, four young adults find love, danger, and adventure as they navigate the corridors of time and experience Southern California in its storied prime.
Review: This was nice, fun story to read.
First, I’d like to say that I really like the 50s, so I had a lot of fun reading about this time period, and enjoyed all the references and jukeboxes mentioned in the book. 🙂
From the very first page, the book is exciting. It comes in at a big action scene, and that was a good technique at drawing me in the story. Once I continued reading, the excitement leveled out, but I was still left with a fuzzy feeling throughout, so I don’t miss anything. However it’s not quite a book to binge read or get addicted on, but you can still certainly enjoy it it’s slower pace.
The characters were fun to read, but I wanted a bit more personality coming from them. Piper had the most personality from the start, I could relate to her a bunch, but her personality soon looks like her sister’s and the boys. They all had something unique about them, but I wish the personalities varied a bit more. However, I still had fun reading about their journey and adventures.
The book is in multiple POVs, and I’m happy to say that it’s impossible to favor one over the other. For me, POVs that I favor over the other feel as though a character was lacking in his/her story where another character was better. But it’s not the case with this book. Their isn’t really one POV that I could like over another, and I liked reading each of their takes on the whole story.
I really liked the detailed writing, it was easy to follow and descriptive enough for me to imagine the scenery. The world building was pretty great too. I like time travel books a lot, so it’s really nice to read about a different time period.
Overall, if you ever decide to read this book, I hope you all will enjoy it!
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