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Review: Six Months Later

Six Months Later
Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was an interesting story, to some extent, but it had some serious issues, including basic failures by the author to appropriately research and represent the world that the story is set in (high school kids getting ready to transition to top notch colleges).

Also, the MC has about the least amount of curiosity and persistence possible, for this being a thriller/mystery novel. She basically solves the mystery by everything miraculously falling in her lap at the right moment, and not through any amount of asking questions, pushing boundaries, or actual sleuth-like behaviors.

The side characters are cookie cutter versions of stereotypes and often inconsistent.

“Okay, I forgive you.”
“Wait, no I don’t.”
“Let’s be friends again.”
“I’m not sure we can ever be friends again.” . . . ad nauseam.

However, despite these negatives, the heart of the plot is interesting (Chloe falls asleep a mediocre student and wakes up having lost 6 months of her life to now having the perfect GPA and boyfriend —although it’s not even remotely realistic that she could improve her GPA and college standing so much in just 1 semester), so it ended up being a quick read. I think it could be a significantly better and more thrilling story, given the plot it had to work with, but it’s too surface-level and constantly convenient to really sink hooks into the reader.

Fast-paced = yes. Thrilling = not so much.

Pages: 336

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