Monday, September 19, 2016

Book Review: A World Without You - Beth Revis

A World Without You
What if finding her means losing himself?

Seventeen-year-old Bo has always had delusions that he can travel through time.  When he was ten, Bo claimed to have witnessed the Titanic hit an iceberg, and at fifteen, he found himself on a Civil War battlefield, horrified by the bodies surrounding him.  So when his worried parents send him to a school for troubled youth, Bo assumes he knows the truth: that he's actually attending Berkshire Academy, a school for kids who, like Bo, have "superpowers."

At Berkshire, Bo falls in love with Sofia, a quiet girl with a tragic past and the superpower of invisibility.  Sofia helps Bo open up in a way he never has before.  In turn, Bo provides comfort for Sofia, who lost her mother and two sisters at a very young age.

But even the strength of their love isn't enough to help Sofia escape her deep depression.  After she commits suicide, Bo is convinced that she's not actually dead.  He believes that she's stuck somewhere in time--that he somehow left her in the past, and that now it's his job to save her.  And as Bo becomes more and more determined to save Sofia, he must decide to face his demons head-on or succumb to a psychosis that will let him be with the girl he loves.

3/5 stars (liked it)
I didn't care too much for this book when I started reading it.  Bo has delusions that he can travel through time.  It's such a sad book to see how convinced he is that he can.  Then when he is faced with the truth that no one has powers he thinks someone with powers is manipulating what he is seeing.  It's so sad and I not only felt bad for Bo but for Phoebe his sister.  It also made me wonder if Bo and Sofia were really together of if their relationship was another delusion.  I do like the ending though and even at the end it left me wondering if maybe, just maybe Bo really did have a power.

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