Newly minted 40yr old Alice Stern has a decent life. It's not great, just decent. her birthday ends up being pretty rotten and leads her to get completely wasted in a bar she used to frequent as a teenager. She passes out outside her dad's apartment and wakes up in her own bed. Her own bed from 24yrs ago.
What I liked
- Leonard is such a wholesome dad
- Books like Dark Matter (Blake Crouch) give me some panic with getting trapped in the wrong place. This book avoids such things with more of a Groundhog Day vibe
- I love the message that sometimes what you think you want isn't what you actually want
- Having Alice constantly return to her dad in the hospital was soul crushing, but made the story more poignant
- Not explaining the means of time travel allowed me to focus on the people more than the science (i.e. Somewhere in Time or Kate and Leopold)
- There were some great twists and turns
What I didn't like
- Definitely some pedo vibes with Alice and her HS crush
- While I liked the ending, I would have loved to read more about the final relationship in the book
This was a bit refreshing to read. I've been reading a lot more "hard sci-fi" lately and being able to turn to something that focused on the feels was really nice. As a dad, I also had a lot of desires to improve my relationships with my kids, which is the type of influence I can definitely get on board with.