Sunday, 15 June 2014

Review: Future Tense by L.J. Cohen

In the ten years since his parents died in a fire he predicted but couldn't prevent, seventeen year old Matt is trying to stay out of trouble, biding his time until he ages out of foster care. All he wants is for the world to leave him alone so he won't be tortured by seeing someone's future he's powerless to change anyway. But his plans for keeping himself aloof fail when he interrupts a vicious attack on Amara, a girl he recognizes from school. Despite his best attempts to push her away, he can't ignore the connection they've formed. That's when glimpses of Amara's dangerous future start to invade the present — a future he fears is his fault. Now Matt has something to lose again . . . and something to fight for.

Paperback, 290 pages
Published February 5th 2014 by Interrobang Books 
Genre: Young Adult

Kristine's Thoughts:

I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

The premise of this book was interesting and the story was easy to read with its simplistic writing style. Readers of any age will be able to get through it quickly.

The plot had an interesting concept with Matt seeing bad things before they happen but having no control or ability to change the outcome. I did find that the story dragged in places and some key parts to the story were skimmed over. Matt's self loathing did get on my nerves after a while and I wanted to reach into the pages and give him a shake. I understand that he had a rough life and that seeing things that you don't want to can be overwhelming but he spent way too much time thinking negatively.

The story between Matt and Amara was a little under developed in my opinion as well. It would have been nice to read more about their developing relationship and connection. I feel it would have been a much more realistic story if more time was spent on it.

Over all it was a cute story that I think young readers will enjoy.

About the Author
 LJ lives outside of Boston with her family and dogs. Her writing spans the gamut from poetry, essays, short stories, and novels. LJ has a secret love of reading and writing YA books. She is represented by Nephele Tempest of The Knight Agency. 

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