The Time Telephone

Young Adult - Coming of Age
158 Pages
Reviewed on 05/19/2019
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Reviewed by Louanne Piccolo for Readers' Favorite

In The Time Telephone, 17-year-old Megan McConnell is grieving for her mother, a foreign correspondent who was killed on assignment in Afghanistan. When she visits the abandoned house where her mother grew up, Megan discovers a phone ... giving her the chance to call anyone in the past, including her dead mother. Faced with the opportunity of saving her mother and the chance to change their difficult mother-daughter relationship, Megan decides to convince her mother to stay at home out of danger’s way. But what seems to Megan like a golden opportunity to recreate history soon turns out to be more about accepting her mother as she is. The Time Telephone by Connie Lacy explores complex family relationships and the philosophical question: who would you call and what would you ask for if you had access to a Time Telephone?

Connie Lacy has written a bittersweet young adult novel that will take you on an exciting, but thought-provoking ride through time. The style is conversational, the tone dramatic and the characters relatable – the perfect combination of writing craft elements for a young adult book. There is nothing I didn’t like in this moving novel with its strong, yet vulnerable main character and its unique storyline. A story of grief and the grace to accept ourselves and the ones we love for who they are, The Time Telephone is relevant to both adults and young adults. If you enjoy books that focus on the interior growth and development of the characters, The Time Telephone is a story you will not be able to forget for some time to come.