Book Review: Cassandra in Reverse by Holly Smale

 My Book Review of Cassandra in Reverse by Holly Smale

Title: Cassandra in Reverse

By: Holly Smale

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 362

Release Date: June 6th, 2023

Publisher: MIRA

Rating: ★★★★★


Summary from Goodreads:

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.


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This book was recommended to me by a good friend on the spectrum. She knows I adore books like this as is always giving me the deets on the best reads. This one didn't disappoint.

I found Cassandra to be supper relatable. All the quirks she has, I've experienced to some extent at one point or another. And who hasn't wished they had super powers? I know I sure have. Cassandra finds that she can go back in time to change all the mistakes she has made in her relationships.

Toward the end there is a really great scene where Cassandra and her sister have mended their relationship. Everything is going great, but one slip and Cassandra is reeling again from a mistake. Her sister begs her not to go back in time to change it, but she does, and this time its not for herself, but for her sister. Its a really touching part of the story that really brings the whole book together.

Favorite Quote:

“There are infinite things you can do with time. You can save it, spend it, stitch it, kill it. You can beat it, steal it and watch it fly. You can do time and set it; you can waste it and keep it; it can be good or bad, on your side or against you. You can have a whale of it; be in the nick of it or behind it; you can have it on your hands.”

I gave this book a much deserved 5 out of 5 stars as I loved it soo much. Everything in that book made sense to me and it had a wonderful ending. Hats off to Holly Smale for creating such a wonderful read.

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