The Loop - YA Review by Simon

Reader: Simon D-S
Age: 12
Title: The Loop
Author: Shandy Lawson
Publisher: Hyperion
Pub Date: 4/30/13
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: The author had a very interesting idea, but it lacked explanation. In the book, the characters are trapped in a "loop" in time.  For example, when the characters die in a loop, they go back in time to where the loop began, and then they die again, and again, and  again. The author gives no explanation on why they are in a loop, or what causes it. On the plus side, how the author explains remembering being in a loop is genius. The author describes it as dejau vu.  I thought that way too many plot lines were smashed together to make this story. The author tries to multitask between love/urban fantasy/murder plot, while also trying to juggle time travel in between.
Memorable or Forgettable: I thought the explanation for dejau vu was pretty creative, but with so many story elements, this book lost quality.
Cover: Having a smashed clock did reflect the contents, and also sorta made me want to take a better look at.
Age Range: 12 through 17
Quality: 2Q Needs more work
Popularity: 3P Some teen appeal

tags: time loop / urban fantasy / murder/ romance / ya lit

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