Friday, March 29, 2013

Fast Forward by Juliet Madison

4.5 Star

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?

Lydia - 4.5 Star

Fast Forward is a charming debut! I thoroughly enjoyed this one, and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. A fun, fast, fresh, and funny read, Fast Forward introduces us to Kelli, a self absorbed model who suddenly awakes a couple of decades later in a life she would never have willingly given herself, complete with cellulite and...children.

From the first page, I wasn’t sure whether I would like Kelli, but then, a couple of pages in, one simple gesture makes her loveable, and her boyfriend, not so much. It made her much more than the cliché model and I warmed to her instantly. I knew the road ahead from supermodel to saggy-breasted, middle aged woman, would be tough on her and I couldn't wait to see how she would handle it.

I loved that Madison doesn’t take the future too far. I thought her portrayal of the future was realistic and not too far advanced. Not everyone was flying around in their own personal space crafts, but there was enough advancement to make it realistic. I loved the epads!  I want one!  And I’m sure it’s something we’ll see if our technology keeps progressing as it has been, so I thought it was fitting.

I loved her future family, and particularly Will. They were all so real, so genuine and so loveable! I was actually a smidgen jealous of her future-self. I thought her progression was realistic and how she slowly comes to realize how different her life could be and how much she actually liked the people she was suddenly surrounded by was really well done.

Kelli's’s reaction to landing in the future was amusing, had some laugh out loud moments and I loved seeing her eyes gradually open to the possibilities life held as opposed to the limited ones she was pining away for when she first landed in the future. I was even touched to tears. 

I really enjoyed this one. Who wouldn’t love a glimpse into the future?

Thank you to Escape Publishing for our review copy. All opinions are own own.

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