Relativity by Cristin Bishara
Published: 09/10/2013 by Walker Childrens
If Ruby Wright could have her way, her dad would never have met and married her stepmother Willow, her best friend George would be more than a friend, and her mom would still be alive. Ruby knows wishes can’t come true; some things just can’t be undone. Then she discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield with a wormhole to nine alternative realities.
Suddenly, Ruby can access completely different realities, each containing variations of her life—if things had gone differently at key moments. The windshield wiper missing her mother’s throat…her big brother surviving his ill-fated birth…her father never having met Willow. Her ideal world—one with everything and everyone she wants most—could be within reach. But is there such a thing as a perfect world? What is Ruby willing to give up to find out?
I really, really, REALLY wanted to like this one. I love the idea of parallel universes, and all the things associated with them. But Relativity just felt rushed. There were whole universes that were just skipped over, and they were the ones I was most intrigued by. I understood Ruby’s need to see her mother again, but it was overshadowed by her obsession with George, a boy who wasn’t even her boyfriend. Granted, they liked each other, but still.
I also think it should have gone more in depth about the tree. How did it get there? Magic? Science? Random? It was briefly touched on about the POSSIBILITIES, but never any more than that.
I really wanted to hear more about Kandy, and go more into that relationship. Yes, Maddie was a huge factor, but even that was never fully explained. Possible abortion, possible miscarriage. Nothing more than that. I mean, this chick was a PSYCHO. There had to be something more than just losing Maddy.
There was just a lot about this that wasn’t finished, or fully explained and that took away from the plot line for me.
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