A cruise ship. A beautiful island. Two sexy guys. What could possibly go wrong?
In the Bermuda Triangle—a lot.
Hoping to leave behind the reminders of her crappy life--her father's death years ago, her mother's medical problems, and the loser who’s practically stalking her--seventeen-year-old Autumn Taylor hops on a ship with her sister for a little distraction. When she wakes up in the Bermuda Triangle, she fears she's gone nuts for more than one reason: that loser’s suddenly claiming they're a happy couple... a hot guy is wrapping his arms around her and saying "Happy Anniversary"... and suddenly, she’s full of bruises, losing her hair, and getting IV medication. Autumn visits the ship's doctor, hoping for a pill or a shot to make the craziness go away. Instead, she's warned that these "alternate realities" could become permanent.
She just has to ask herself one question—how the hell is she going to get out of this mess?
3 stars - Enough alternative realities to make Autumn change!
Gonna be honest, here. I don't like Autumn Raine. She's not very nice. She has issues. She's mean to Joey. She's got guilt. But I think she needed to be this way for this book to work. Someone without issues probably wouldn't need to go through what she did in the triangle. So after I got over the fact that I didn't like her at all, I enjoyed the book.
What I really enjoyed the most about this book is the alternate realities. It would be pretty freaky to wake up every morning to a different reality. Make me afraid to go to sleep at night. At first, Autumn's reaction is funny to me. She's totally like WTH? Then it starts to get interesting. The circumstances of each reality make it clear what she needs to figure out. She learns slowly and by the end she's made a few changes in her attitude. I definitely liked her better by the end.
The one character I liked the best was Joey. He awkward but cute. He's persistent and jealous. He's sweet and totally what Autumn needs. The way Autumn treats him at first is most of the reason she upset me. I was most interested in how the alternate realities would affect Joey. Though the circumstances changed, Joey didn't. I liked that about him.
There was more to this story than figuring out which boy Autumn should be with. She needed some closer with her Dad and hope for her mom. She needed to work on her relationship with her sister and make decisions about her future. She found all her answers in the triangle. It was an interesting way to grow up. Kinda like experiencing how life would be if you have made a different choice at different points in your life. I liked that.
There really isn't much of an explanation as to why this is happening in the book. The world is simply built on the rumor and stories that persist about the Bermuda Triangle. I don't know how I feel about that. Part of me would have liked some lore and part of me is okay with it the way it is. By doing it this way, the author focused the story on the growing up of Autumn. I guess that makes sense.
This is coming of age kinda YA story done in a unique way. If that's your thing, then give this one a try.