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Old 08-16-2014, 04:56 PM   #5
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Easily a favorite! So far the only one in the series I've read thrice.
This is an author whom you can tell has a pretty amazing handle on the show's leap atmosphere and the two lead characters.

This leap was a delightful somewhat combination of Catch a Falling Star and The Play's The Thing with well written, likable characters and an added twist.
We were shown a very surprising side of Gooshie, a character who is usually always in the background. It was interesting to see him spotlighted and to find out the origin of the nickname. My favorite element was his concern that Sam was required to effect his timeline. It showed us a vulnerability to his character and gave us something to think about, how different would the project be without him?
It was very clever to hide him in the first quarter or so of the leap under the guise of a fictional name. Personally I hadn't seen it coming in my first read until bad breath was mentioned.
Gerda was a strong, independent female character who knew what she wanted and how to keep her son in line. You'd never guess that said son was a grown, divorced man because she has the spirit of a woman in her twenties.

It however was the Rebecca Wexler part of the story that I liked the most; a character dealing with a hidden trauma who brings out a perfect display of Sam's need to help everyone around him. When we're reading from her point of view we get a lot of depth and emotion so that we can really feel that struggle. The little crush Sam develops on her is just adorable and sweet. We also see a suggestion here of Sam's being able to choose what to change, she was determined to help her the whole time along with Gerda but she wasn't in the odds...or very high in the odds until about the last quarter of the novel.
I would have loved to see a leap devoted entirely to a character like Rebecca Wexler in a TV episode.

5/5 stars.
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