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Laura and Jonas are beshert, or fated soul mates. Jonas, 16, lives in New York City and is also the child of divorced parents, although he is still angry at his father for deserting his mom and avoids seeing him as much as possible.
What if destiny leads you to your soul mate, but the laws of time conspire to keep you apart? If her parents had never divorced, Laura wouldn't have to live in the shadow of Bruce, her mom's unpredictable boyfriend. Her mom wouldn't say things like "Be groovy," and Laura wouldn't panic every weekend on the way to Dad's Manhattan apartment. But when Laura spots a boy on a facing platform, lifting a camera to his face, looking right at her, Laura feels anything but afraid, and she can't forget him. Jonas, meanwhile, thinks nonstop about the pretty hippie girl he glimpsed on the platform -- trying to comprehend how she vanished, but mostly wondering whether he will see her again in a city of millions -- and whether if he searches, he would have any chance of finding her. In a lyrical meditation on love, Nora Raleigh Baskin explores the soul's ability to connect, and heal, outside the bounds of time and reason.
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A wonderfully unique love story that made me believe in the possibility of fate bringing two souls together, whatever the odds. Jo Knowles, author of See You at Harry's and Living With Jackie Chan Baskin methodically and tautly unwinds their time-transcending romance... Artfully depicting the transformation of New York City through photography and street art, Baskin interweaves a powerful narrative of change into an already powerful love story. Booklist Baskin embraces magical realism in this evocative story... Alternating between Laura's and Jonas's point of view during and between their meetings on the subway, the novel captures the essence of the times in which both teens live and expresses the teens' dissatisfaction with their situations. While Baskin keeps certain things ambiguous, such as the nature of the time travel, the book's themes remain clear. The teens' love for each other is eternal, providing figurative and literal escape from less-than-perfect homes. Publishers Weekly Baskin makes the time travel seem believable and leaves readers hopeful by relaying an ending that fits with the theme, "Know how to live in the time that is given you." ... Readers will be intrigued and enjoy this romance. School Library Journal Baskin's gentle story focuses on the Hebrew myth of the beshert , the soul mate, two people linked together outside time and space. ... The book's true romantic triumph comes when Jonas tells Laura, "I don't matter and we don't even matter. You matter to me and you have to matter to yourself." Take that, Twilight . VOYA