Review: Return To Me

Apr •  12 •  2013

Title: Return To Me
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: Young Adult-Contemporary
Author: Justina Chen
Publisher: Little, Brown For Young Readers
Release Date: January 15, 2013
Book: Netgalley




“Nothing is going as planned for Rebecca Muir. She’s weeks away from starting college–at a school chosen specifically to put a few thousand miles of freedom between Reb and her parents. But her dad’s last-minute job opportunity has her entire family moving all those miles with her! And then there’s the matter of her unexpected, amazing boyfriend, Jackson, who is staying behind on the exact opposite coast.
And if that isn’t enough to deal with, mere days after moving cross-country, Reb’s dad drops shocking, life-changing news. With her mother and brother overwhelmed and confused, Reb is left alone to pick up the pieces of her former life. But how can she do that when everything can change in an instant? How can she trust her “perfect” boyfriend when her own dad let her down? Reb started the year knowing exactly what her future would hold, but now that her world has turned upside down, will she discover what she really wants?
Justina Chen, the acclaimed author of North of Beautiful, has created a moving and powerful novel about the struggles that arise from betrayal, the uncertainty of life after high school, and the joy that ultimately comes from discovering what’s truly in your heart.”

There is nothing that upsets me more than a broken family. Coming from one myself, I found this book to be both hopeful and enlightening.


The plot of the book faces a broken down family. Reb is torn between her parents and their divorce. She thought she knew her father and the image she has of him image shattered before her. It moves quickly between shock to hurt to hope.  Each chapter the broken family faces a new dynamic that, what you think may tear them apart is actually making them stronger.


Reb is going through changes and trust issues.  Now being upchucked from her home, Reb is questioning everything she thought she knew. I mean, who wouldn’t? Reb is discovering that no matter what her parents go through she can still have her life. She doesn’t have to be afraid of it.


The ending of the book is what places the hope in reader. No matter what crossroads Reb faced by herself and with her family, she made it. She lived her dream. And that’s what counts.


Return To Me is an compassionate story of love and hope. Remember  no matter what your parents go through, you don’t have to follow that. You can live you dream and find love.  A touch of hope that proves you can accomplish anything, Return To Me is wonderful.


I give it 4 BITES!


Happy Reading!



  1. Amy @ Book Loving Mom
    Apr 12, 2013

    This sounds like a great book. I love books like this. Great review hon!

    • Savannah
      Apr 12, 2013

      Thanks Amy. This book deals with trust issues, family issues, etc. You may like it. Check it out.

  2. Sounds like a good book for the YA crowd. So many have these issues. I’d love to read it myself.

  3. Candace
    Apr 13, 2013

    I really love this author and have been wanting to read this one. I’m glad to hear it delivers!

  4. Wendy Darling
    Apr 13, 2013

    Gosh, you know–I didn’t really like her previous book North of Beautiful, although a lot of people love it, so I don’t know that this is the book for me. Thanks so much for your review, though, I’m glad you enjoyed it!