Author: Cristin Bishara
Publisher: Walker Childrens, 288 pages
Publication Date: September 10, 2013
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 love books about parallel worlds and this one was a nice addition. It was smart, unique, creative, and fast-paced. Ruby was likable and relatable and I enjoyed the science aspect. Ruby loves science (she even has a math tattoo on her neck) and the author includes science and math throughout the book in a believable (and interesting) way. I was rooting for Ruby to find the perfect world. It really makes you think about if events happened in a slightly different way what a world of difference that would make in your daily life. The book mainly focuses on the family dynamics and how they change from world to world. George...I wanted more of George!
There were many unexpected twists and turns in this book and the book deals with issues of love, selfishness, and fate. I felt so bad for Ruby as she travels to these different worlds, seeing her Mom and the brother she never even had a chance to know. It was actually quite heartbreaking. My only complaint is that it ended too soon and a bit abruptly and there were certain issues that were left open that I wish had been resolved, at least in an epilogue.
Posted by: Pam