So Close To You by Rachel CarterSo Close To You by Rachel Carter

So Close To You

byRachel Carter

Hardcover | July 10, 2012

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Rachel Carter launches a mind-blowing time-travel trilogy with her YA novel So Close to You.
Lydia Bentley doesn’t believe the rumors about the Montauk Project, that there’s some sort of government conspiracy involving people vanishing and tortured children. But her grandfather is sure that the Project is behind his father’s disappearance more than sixty years earlier.
While helping her grandfather search Camp Hero, a seemingly abandoned military base on Long Island, for information about the disappearance, Lydia is transported back to 1944—just a few days before her great-grandfather’s disappearance.
Lydia begins to unravel the dark secrets of the Montauk Project and her own family history, despite warnings from Wes, a mysterious boy she is powerfully attracted to but not sure she should trust.

Rachel Carter has been a teacher, a nanny, a caterer, and a bellhop. A graduate of the University of Vermont and Columbia University, Rachel is also the author ofSo Close to YouandThis Strange and Familiar Place. She lives in Vermont.
Title:So Close To YouFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.05 inPublished:July 10, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062081055

ISBN - 13:9780062081056


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Book Actual rating: 3.5 stars This review contains a mild SPOILER. So be warned. I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The plot was good and well executed, time travel stuff can get pretty confusing pretty quick if not written in a concise way. The time travel parts of this book where written really clearly and the author tied all lose ends from the time Lydia leaves and returns into a neat little bow at the end. Lydia has a strong loyalty to her family and the risks she is willing to take to save them is admirable. Even though some of the risks she takes could end up making things worse. Wes was an okay dude. Didn't like him, didn't hate him. I really liked Mary, she was so sweet. She added a cheerfulness to the story that wouldn't have been there without her. I didn't really like Lucas. He spends most of the story crushing on Lydia and then when Lydia finds out he's Mary's future husband and tells him he should think about Mary, he immediately starts crushing on Mary?! Oooookay... That ending though... Poor Lydia. I could have told her something like that would happen.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good mystery Time travel in YA books haven’t been touched upon until now. I’m definitely liking this theme. It had an infinite amount of possibilities and it can be rather exciting to move forward or backward in time. We find Lydia Bentley, your average seventeen year old teenager on her way to apply for summer internships. Looking forward to her future she could not guess what could happen. While walking in the forest with her grandpa, she uncovers the secrets that have been haunting her grandpa for the past thirty years. I don’t like adding spoilers in my reviews, and I’m definitely not going to start. But this got me devouring the book in earnest. There’s something about having the ability to see the different eras that makes me excited to read about it. I love how she interacts with all her family, Mary was way too funny, and she always made me chuckle at her audacity. I admire Lydia and her tenacity to find out the truth about her family. She is definitely determined to find out what happened and will stop at nothing to get the answers. She’s not without any faults though. I thought she was soo darn stubborn. Never listening to what Wes said, I found it hilarious she defied him all the time. The romance between the two was rather touching, but I also thought they fell for each other way too fast. I couldn’t help but wonder why that happens in YA books, but I believe it’s because of the influx of hormones. Wes is definitely a great character who stands by Lydia no matter what. That ending was fairly predictable because when you mess with time, it can have such dangerous consequences. I can’t wait for the next book!
Date published: 2014-12-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After So Close to You is one of those book I didn't have any expectations about, because the description painted such a vague and mysterious description of the story. That didn't deter me at all though, and actually made me more curious to find out what the book was about by reading it because I was just so intrigued. Unfortunately I don't think that worked as well as it could have, because the story ended up underwhelming me from a creative standpoint, although it still managed to be an entertaining read that has a more fascinating plot than other similar books to it have had. Reasons to Read: 1. A fun, VINTAGE setting: I love that such a unique setting was included in the story, as it related to Lydia's ancestors and Rachel included so many little details that I felt helped to set the atmosphere for the era. It's a lot of fun without actually being a historical fiction read, and I think this makes it really stand out from other YA books. It's definitely something I'd love to see more of in the future from upcoming releases! 2. Strong familial relationships: I really liked that a lot of emphasis was put on Lydia's relationships with various members of her family, especially her parents and grandfather. But it becomes increasingly apparent how close-knit this family is when other members make their appearance and you see them interact with one another. This is an absolute breath of fresh air and for me, it made Lydia and her family instantly likable characters and something I could really relate to. And I appreciate that it provides a lot of motivation for the choices she makes during this first book. But I suppose I was just a tad too disappointed with some of the big reveals in the book, and I'm not very keen on the direction it seems to be heading in. It seems like there are a lot of questions regarding the background of the world and Lydia's situation, and too many ideas felt like they were thrown together somewhat haphazardly to really mesh well. And I'm really not sold on the romantic aspect either, which just feels too forced for my liking. It's still a very quick read that presents a number of interesting ideas and has some very strong non-romantic relationships. And I think it is creative from one perspective, just not in the way I had hoped it would be. So the problem here may have been my expectations (as few as they may have been) rather than the story itself. ARC won in Epic Reads giveaway.
Date published: 2013-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Close To You You can check out other YA related reviews at I adored!! I mean adored So Close To You. This book was such a nice change of pace from all the dystopian and supernatural books that have been written lately. This novel is set in the 1940s and is a time travel novel. This is one girls adventure on trying to help her family figure out what happened to her great grandfather. There is mystery and conspiracies throughout the entire novel. It is racked with suspense and even a little romance. Lydia is accidentally sent back in time and is set on a whirlwind adventure. She does not expect to come into contact with her family. Yes thats right her family. Lydia and Wes are adorable. But Wes has secrets of his own and he does everything he can to get Lydia back to her time. The cliffhanger at the end of So Close To You made my jaw drop. I was not expecting the end to be as drastic as it was. I was thoroughly thrilled with this book and I cannot wait book 2!
Date published: 2012-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spectacular Writing Style! More reviews at: Lydia has a close relationship with her grandfather. She never turns him down when he asks her to go on one of his search & (hopefully) rescue missions to Camp Hero. Lydia's grandfather - Peter - lost his father at the age of seven, and he's never been able to let it go. Peter is convinced that his father's disappearance wasn't due to war, but rather the "Montauk Project," rumored to have taken place at Camp Hero. But of course, like everybody else, Lydia believes her grandfather has become a little too obsessed with his search for clues - until she one day forgets her sweater. When she goes back to retrieve it, she makes a decision that will change not only her life, but as well as her grandfather's life forever. After stumbling her way into a time machine that brings her back six days before her great-grandfather's disappearance, Lydia makes the only decision she can. She decides to find out what happened to her great-grandfather, and stop it. I had never heard of this book before I entered a contest on Goodreads in hopes of winning myself a copy. And boy, was I happy when I did! So before I get started on my review, I'd just like to thank Harper Collins, Goodreads and Rachel Carter for giving me the opportunity to win this book. Really, thanks. :) Lydia is a great main character, she describes the differences between our time and the 1940s so well, it's practically tangible. The writing in this book was absolutely FLAWLESS. I'm still awe-struck with how amazing it was. Everything flowed so easily and nothing felt out of place while reading So Close to You. Lydia's character was completely believable, too. Instead of stepping into the 1940s and everything being fine and dandy, it was obvious to me that she was out of place. Everything from the way that she talked, to the way she was completely blown away by the designs they used to label canned goods back in the day. Her relationship with Wes, on the other hand, didn't quite sit right with me. I couldn't really understand why Lydia was so smitten with him when she had only seen him a few brief times during the book. I almost feel as if she put him up on some kind of pedestal that he's not going to be able to live up to in the second book (which I can't wait for, by the way!). The plot was pretty decently paced as well, it wasn't edge-if-your-seat worthy, but it definitely wasn't one of those slow, almost unbearable reads. Quite often I found I was reading the book more for the way the book was written than out of care for the plot or characters. Honestly, the writing was my favorite part of the book. And the ending! Ugh, the ending! Plot twist after plot twist that I didn't see coming AT. ALL. And I kinda felt dumb for not seeing it beforehand. Butyeah. This book was absolutely SPECTACULAR and the writing was IMPECCABLE. And I am just in love with the way Rachel Carter writes, and I don't think I will ever get over it, and you need to go out and buy this book as soon as it hits shelves so you can see and appreciate her amazing writing capabilities! Such a great book!
Date published: 2012-06-26

Editorial Reviews

“Back to the Future meets The X-Files.”