Your Life Has Been Delayed by Michelle I. Mason

Disclaimer: I received this arc from a local bookstore. Thanks @littleshopofstories! All opinions are my own.

Book: Your Life Has Been Delayed

Author: Michelle I. Mason

Book Series: Standalone

Diversity: 1 Black side character

Rating: 5/5

Recommended For…: Young adult readers, contemporary, romance, sci-fi, time travel

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: September 7, 2021

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Pages: 367

Recommended Age: 14+ (Religion mentioned, 9/11 mention, Underage alcohol consumption, Talks of airplane harm)

Explanation of CWs: there is a lot of religion talk this book in the main character and her family are fairly devout Christians. There is one slight mention of 9/11 and there is other site mentions of harm done with airplanes or on airplanes such as bombs or using an airplane to hurt another building.

Synopsis: Jenny Waters boards her flight in 1995, but when she lands, she and the other passengers are told they disappeared . . . 25 years ago. Everyone thought they were dead.

Now contending with her family and friends fast-forwarding decades, Jenny must quickly adjust to smartphones and social media while being the biggest story to hit the internet. She feels betrayed by her once-best friend and fights her attraction to a cute boy with an uncomfortable connection to her past. Meanwhile, there’s a growing group of conspiracy theorists determined to prove the whole situation is a hoax. Will Jenny figure out how to move forward, or will she always be stuck in the past?

Review: For the most part I really enjoyed this book. I felt like the book did really good to have that mystery of the time travel but didn’t have to go that much into time travel. I also found the book very intriguing because I’m kind of a sucker for the “weird sci-fi random stuff happens” trope in contemporary novels. I also thought that the characters were all very well developed for the most part and that the world building was fairly well done.

There were only a couple things that I really didn’t like about the book. The first of them being that the book was kind of medium pace but also kind of fast-paced? It felt like there was a lot of stuff going on that was going by really fast but the pacing wasn’t fast, you know? It’s hard to explain. I also thought that the author could have done more to give a conclusive end to the book and that some of the other minor characters in the book got more “screen-time”.

Verdict: It was good!

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