If I Could Turn Back Time by Beth Harbison

Your 38th birthday is imminent, and you learn your friend is pregnant. You don't have a true love, no kids are in your future, and you're starting to wonder if you made the wrong choices somewhere down the line. What if you had the chance to make different choices?

Ramie Philips is a successful business woman, but at 37 she feels something is missing. Her life may involve partying with the elite and no worries of debt, but maybe that's not all that life is about. In a whim, she dives off the yacht she's on and wakes up in her bed, but it's not the bed you'd imagine. Ramie is 17 again, in her own childhood bedroom, and under her parent's roof and control. It's invigorating and maddening at the same time. Ramie gets to go back through her 18th birthday, but this time she has the wisdom of an adult backing her decisions.

Beth Harbison really had my thinking about the "what if" aspect. While I wasn't always enamored with the main character, I did envy her chance to go back in time. There are so many things I'd love to be able to do as an adult. The "friend" I had who liked to tell one person one thing and then spin it around and tell others another in order to create conflict - I'd love to be able to kick her to the curb. The 1980's clothes and electronics I ditched would have been stored away for the day they became trendy. Then I would love to go back and tell teachers a thing or two. On a more tragic note, I'd like to go back and tell teachers how creepy the guy who owned the locker near me really was and maybe prevented him from raping women later in life or stop an underclassman from getting in the car of her father's associate and end up being raped and murdered. Those are just a few of the things I'd like to do. I'm sure you readers have your own "what ifs..."

This story was addicting. It had it's light, whimsical moments, but it also had poignant experiences that brought tears to the eyes. It definitely did have me contemplating what I'd change first if given the chance!


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