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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
What would your life be like today if you could have a high school do over? Would you do it all the same or would you take this chance to seek revenge on the popular girls who mocked you and the jocks who ignored you? Or would you take this impossible opportunity to create your own destiny? Those are some of the questions 29 year old Jillian Cross must answer in Tracy Sweeney’s "Living Backwards". Instead of plodding the same path, Jillian must decide if the risk of changing the past with an unlikely friendship is worth the trouble of a different and more rewarding future. And with the help of a fabulous pink flask, what could be the harm in having a little fun the second time around?
"Living Backwards" reminded me of a 90’s version of the film "Peggy Sue Got Married". Although not all friendships and very few romantic relationships last beyond the walls of high school, those relationships play a big role in who we become later in life and Sweeney captured that expertly by allowing different characters a chance to tell their stories. This is very effective story telling because our memories often become colored by time and outcomes and the story simply appears more real with input from multiple characters. This is truly a great read. It won’t change your life but it will make you laugh and it’ll definitely make you wonder what happened to that brooding guy in the back of class you sometimes fantasized about but never told your friends of.