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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Back In My Day is a work of light-hearted fiction aimed at female audiences, and was penned by author Maggie Aldrich. What begins as a quite usual adventure in chick lit takes a sudden turn into fantastic fantasy and time travel fiction for a mother and daughter team whose relationship is on the rocks. From the outside, Beth Peters seems to have everything she needs in life, but keeping it all in harmonious balance causes nothing but trouble every day. Meanwhile, young Maddie has a burning resentment toward her mother, as many thirteen-year-olds do, so when they both wake up trapped in 1987, they are finally forced to address their issues without the fast-paced technological world in the way.
Author Maggie Aldrich has created a wonderful balance between the enjoyment of a relationships-based family drama with poignant messages and emotional depth, alongside the fun and frolic of a time travel trap style story that celebrates the good old eighties in atmospheric fashion. The descriptions are all very visual and nostalgic thanks to the author’s talent for word choice, and the commentary on the differences in social life between then and now is very astute. One of the things I really enjoyed was the vibe of Freaky Friday meeting Groundhog Day to create this unique blending of mother-daughter struggles amid a wacky but relatable premise that gives great unpredictability to the overall plot. Overall, Back In My Day is a true delight to read and is highly recommended to chick lit fans seeking something new and fresh.