Tuesday, August 6, 2013

VBT Review: Living Backwards

Living Backwards
by Tracy Sweeney



Twenty-nine-year-old Jillian Cross refuses to believe that a pair of skinny jeans has led to her untimely demise. Life just isn't that cruel. But when an overly-enthusiastic attempt at squeezing herself into them leads her to fall and lose consciousness, she is faced with just that possibility. When she awakens with both a bruised ego and a bump on her head, she's not in her tiny apartment but her childhood bedroom circa 1999-the spring of her senior year in high school. Jillian knows that time travel isn't logical. But then again, neither was her decision to wear skinny jeans. As she attempts to navigate her way through the halls of Reynolds High, walking the same path and making the same choices she made years before, she knows that any change she makes can have a catastrophic effect on her future. But when she strikes up an unexpected friendship with motorcycle-riding, cigarette-smoking Luke Chambers, can she pretend to be the same shy girl she once was? At least she has her pink sparkly flask to take the edge off. One little change won't hurt, right?



My mind suddenly flashed back to the prom posters littering the walls of Reynolds High. The prom committee chose Mariah Carey’s I Still Believe for a prom song which I felt was pretty cheesy especially since Brenda K. Starr sang it better. But the prom song didn’t really concern me. On prom night, I was not at the “I Still Believe” prom. I was at the dentist. Unfortunately, when you spend your entire high school career in the library or at home with your nose in a book, you don’t meet many members of the opposite sex. So instead of sitting at home sulking because I was missing my prom, I decided to try and distract myself….by getting my teeth cleaned. My prom date gave me a spit bib instead of a corsage. Thank you, Dr. Grayson, D.D.S. It was a magical evening.

Review Rating: 3.5  LIGHTNING BOLTS

Review:  If you're looking for a fun, multi genre type book, Living Backwards is here! it's a mix of romance, drama,  and so much more!  Jillian is a fun heroine that I enjoyed getting to read her story.  The book is filled with twists and turns. The writing style and voice of the author is intriguing. The beginning of the book didn't grab me right away, but after a few chapters I was totally sucked into the story.  It's fun, cute, and full of surprises. 

It's an interesting do over concept with things i never saw coming, and it definitely had me smiling, laughing and hanging on. What a wild ride!


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Tracy Sweeney graduated with a degree in Management and Finance but prefers writing ridiculous things to crunching ridiculous numbers. She lives north of Boston, Massachusetts with her two young boys. Her short stories have appeared in Literary Juice, Solecisms and Slice of Life Magazines. Her debut novel, LIVING BACKWARDS, was published in January 2013. She is currently working on her second novel which will be equally as ridiculous.

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Tracy will be awarding a key chain that looks like the flask on the cover to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour (US ONLY).


  1. Thanks for the spotlight and review - this does sound like a fun book

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  2. Thanks for the post and giveaway! The book sounds great.
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  3. Love the idea of the keychain. I really enjoyed the bio comments also. I think this story sounds really awesome. Loved the review.

  4. Thank you all so much! So glad you enjoyed it, Nikki! Love your lightening bolts!!