Saturday, July 8, 2023

Cassandra in Reverse by Holly Smale

If you had the power to change the past…where would you start?
Cassandra Penelope Dankworth is a creature of habit. She likes what she likes (museums, jumpsuits, her boyfriend, Will) and strongly dislikes what she doesn't (mess, change, her boss drinking out of her mug). Her life runs in a pleasing, predictable order…until now.
• She's just been dumped.
• She's just been fired.
• Her local cafĂ© has run out of banana muffins.

Then, something truly unexpected happens: Cassie discovers she can go back and change the past. One small rewind at a time, Cassie attempts to fix the life she accidentally obliterated, but soon she'll discover she's trying to fix all the wrong things.

Audiobook, 13 hours, 15 minutes
Published June 6, 2023
 by Harlequin Audio
2/5 stars

Cassandra in Reverse is the June '23 Reese's Book Club pick, honestly I think it's time Reese and I parted ways. Be forewarned for unpopular comments.

I went the audio route with this book, part of me thinks maybe reading the book might have been better in terms of performance.  Yea there were some jarring moments of raised voices that disrupted the flow and were more dramatic then necessary.

All in one day, Cassandra loses her boyfriend, her job, and her situation with her flatmate is tense. The next day she wakes up and starts all over again. This is my first time reading a Groundhog Day story, I contemplating DNF around the 40/50% mark. It was only through reviews/comments advising to persevere as the ending is good. Sadly, though the action does not start till after the 70/75% mark at which time things really did pick up and the meat of the story shined through. Unfortunately for me it was a little too late. The story was slow and repetitive with characters I didn't necessarily like. It had great potential but sadly it didn't live up to the hype (for me anyways).

My audiobook was obtained through my Scribd membership.

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