Friday 23 May 2014

Book ~ "Fast Forward" (2013) Juliet Madison

From Goodreads ~ Aspiring supermodel Kelli Crawford seems destined to marry her hotshot boyfriend, but on her 25th birthday she wakes in the future as a fifty-year-old suburban housewife married to the now middle-aged high school nerd. 

Trapped in the opposite life of the one she wanted, Kelli is forced to re-evaluate her life and discover what is really important to her. Will she overcome the hilarious and heartbreaking challenges presented to her and get back to the body of her younger self? Or will she be stuck in the nightmare of hot flushes, demanding children, raunchy advances from her husband, and hideous support underwear forever?

Kelli is a model and dating a photographer.  She is turning 25 tomorrow and suspects he's going to propose ... and. of course, she is going to say yes.

When she wakes up on her birthday, she discovers that today is her 50th birthday, not her 25th.  Gone is her gorgeous body and hot boyfriend ... instead she is overweight, married to the high school nerd and has two children.  She has no idea what happened to the last 25 years.  She bluffs through her day trying to fit in and figure out what's going on.

She is directed to a website by a psychic and realizes that she is a "fast forward" ... someone who suddenly is propelled into time.  There are others like Kelli and they have posted their stories on the website ... some were propelled ahead a few years while others many years and their stays were short while others were long.  One person was still waiting to go back.

Throughout her day, everyone is celebrating her birthday with her ... her kids, her sister, her best friend (a stranger), etc.  In the evening, there is a huge birthday party with all her family and friends, most of whom she doesn't know.  All she wants is to go back to the life she had.

I like reading time travel books and this one was interesting as Kelli traveled 25 years into the future, rather than going back in time.  So this gave the author the opportunity to have fun and be creative.  Gone is the need to carry around a purse ... everything (phone, money, car keys, books, etc.) are including on a small e-pad that you wear.  Facebook has purchased Google so you Foogle to find info.  You tell your car where you want to go and it does all the driving (and parking) for you.

This was the first book I've read by this author and I thought it was just okay.  I didn't really like Kelli and had a hard time connecting with her.  So I didn't care if she got back to her time or not ... I was more interested in how/why it happened in the first place.  I liked her family and friends and it was obvious she had built a happy life. 

Most of the story takes place on her 50th birthday (just one day) and I found it a bit unbelievable that she was able to jam as much as she did into one day (bungy jumping, spa, lunch, visiting her parents' graves, conducting an important business meeting, talking about her situation with a psychic AND attend her birthday party).

1 comment:

Masshole Mommy said...

Wasn't that a movie? Like a 7 year old girl went into a 30 year old's body.