If I could turn back time

Elizabeth M. Harbison

Book - 2015

"Told with Beth Harbison's wit and warmth, If I Could Turn Back Time is the fantasy of every woman who has ever thought, "If I could go back in time, knowing what I know now, I'd do things so differently..." Thirty-seven year old Ramie Phillips has led a very successful life. She made her fortune and now she hob nobs with the very rich and occasionally the semi-famous, and she enjoys luxuries she only dreamed of as a middle-class kid growing up in Potomac, Maryland. But... despite it all, she can't ignore the fact that she isn't necessarily happy. In fact, lately Ramie has begun to feel more than a little empty. On a boat with friends off the Florida coast, she tries to fight her feelings of discontent with steel will and hard liquor. No one even notices as she gets up and goes to the diving board and dives off... Suddenly Ramie is waking up, straining to understand a voice calling in the distance...It's her mother: "Wake up! You're going to be late for school again. I'm not writing a note this time..." Ramie finds herself back on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, with a second chance to see the people she's lost and change the choices she regrets. How did she get back here? Has she gone off the deep end? Is she really back in time? Above all, she'll have to answer the question that no one else can: What it is that she really wants from the past, and for her future?"--

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Published
New York : St. Martin's Press 2015.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
x, 322 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781250043818
1250043816
Main Author
Elizabeth M. Harbison (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

On her thirty-eighth birthday, Ramie Phillips wakes up as an 18-year-old. At her birthday party the night before on board a boat off the coast of Florida, a friend's pregnancy announcement had Ramie second-guessing her decision to focus on her finance career instead of having a family. Now she has the chance to see whether things could have gone differently with her first love, Brendan. Readers watch her relive her life and try to determine if another path would have led to happiness. Is this a time-travel tale, or did something happen to Ramie during that not-fun party that put her in an altered state? Will her redo interlude help her find the fulfillment she craves? Reader favorite Harbison (Driving with the Top Down, 2014) infuses the story with wit and heart even though the premise of trading places in time is well trod. High-school high jinks and the search for meaningful love make this novel both lighthearted and poignant. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

At 36, Ramie Phillips has earned a fortune and hangs out with the rich and reasonably famous—not that she's happy, really. Then, as she dives into the pool while aboard a yacht off the Florida coast, she clobbers her head on the board and wakes up at age 18, with her mother yelling at her to get up for school. Let's see how the popular author fires up this popular premise. [Page 67]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Imagine waking up in your childhood bed and realizing you are 17 years old again. Thirty-six-year-old Ramie Phillips experiences just that in Harbison's latest (after Driving with the Top Down). Despite a successful career and devoted friends, Ramie realizes that her life has never felt complete and drinks her worries away, only to wake up in the past. But why the time loop? Determined to make better choices the second time around, she spends more time with her now-deceased father, tries to appreciate the innocence and freedom of youth, and gives her high school boyfriend another shot at long-term love. But when she wakes up in yet another alternate universe where she is older but living under very different circumstances, she begins to understand that fate works in a mysterious way. VERDICT The time-loop phenomenon is nearing ubiquity (Groundhog Day, Ken Grimwood's Replay, Richard Lupoff's 12:01 PM, Andrea Lochen's The Repeat Year), but Harbison delivers a worthy read. Ramie is relatable and endearing and offers everyone a chance to think, "what if?" [See Prepub Alert, 1/25/15.]—Chelsie Harris, San Diego Cty. Lib. [Page 80]. (c) Copyright 2015 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Told with Beth Harbison's wit and warmth, If I Could Turn Back Time is the fantasy of every woman who has ever thought, "If I could go back in time, knowing what I know now, I'd do things so differently..." Thirty-seven year old Ramie Phillips has led avery successful life. She made her fortune and now she hob nobs with the very rich and occasionally the semi-famous, and she enjoys luxuries she only dreamed of as a middle-class kid growing up in Potomac, Maryland. But despite it all, she can't ignore the fact that she isn't necessarily happy. In fact, lately Ramie has begun to feel more than a little empty. On a boat with friends off the Florida coast, she tries to fight her feelings of discontent with steel will and hard liquor. No one even notices as she gets up and goes to the diving board and dives off... Suddenly Ramie is waking up, straining to understand a voice calling in the distance...It's her mother: "Wake up! You're going to be late for school again. I'm not writing a note this time..."Ramie finds herself back on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, with a second chance to see the people she's lost and change the choices she regrets. How did she get back here? Has she gone off the deep end? Is she really back in time? Above all, she'llhave to answer the question that no one else can: What it is that she really wants from the past, and for her future?"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"What if your thirtysomething self woke up in the body of your eighteen-year-old self? Thirty-six year old Ramie Phillips has led a very successful life. She made her fortune and now she hob nobs with the very rich and occasionally the semi-famous and enjoys luxuries she only dreamed of as a middle-class kid growing up in Potomac, Maryland. But lately Ramie has begun to feel a little...empty. On a boat with friends off the Florida coast, Ramie tries to fight her feelings of discontent with steel will andhard liquor. No one even notices as she gets up and goes to the diving board and dives in. So no one notices when she hits her head on the board on the way down... She wakes some time later with a throbbing headache and something beeping next to her. A heart monitor? Is she in the hospital, head wrapped sarcastically, like some amnesiac woman in a Lifetime movie? She strains to understand a voice calling in the distance: "Wake up!" It's her mother. "You're going to be late for school again. I'm not writing a note this time..." Told with Beth Harbison's wit and warmth, The Time of My Life is the fantasy of every woman who has ever thought, "If I could go back in time, knowing what I know now, I'd do things so differently.""--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Feeling discontented in spite of her successes, thirty-six-year-old Ramie Phillips hits her head during a boat trip off the Florida coast and wakes up in the hospital in the body of her eighteen-year-old self.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Feeling discontented in spite of her successes, 36-year-old Ramie Phillips hits her head during a boat trip off the Florida coast and wakes up in the hospital in the body of her 18-year-old self. By the New York Times best-selling author of Driving With the Top Down.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Told with Beth Harbison's wit and warmth, If I Could Turn Back Time is the fantasy of every woman who has ever thought, "If I could go back in time, knowing what I know now, I'd do things so differently..." Thirty-seven year old Ramie Phillips has led a very successful life. She made her fortune and now she hob nobs with the very rich and occasionally the semi-famous, and she enjoys luxuries she only dreamed of as a middle-class kid growing up in Potomac, Maryland. But despite it all, she can't ignore the fact that she isn't necessarily happy. In fact, lately Ramie has begun to feel more than a little empty. On a boat with friends off the Florida coast, she tries to fight her feelings of discontent with steel will and hard liquor. No one even notices as she gets up and goes to the diving board and dives off... Suddenly Ramie is waking up, straining to understand a voice calling in the distance...It's her mother: "Wake up! You're going to be late for school again. I'm not writing a note this time..." Ramie finds herself back on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, with a second chance to see the people she's lost and change the choices she regrets. How did she get back here? Has she gone off the deep end? Is she really back in time? Above all, she'll have to answer the question that no one else can: What it is that she really wants from the past, and for her future?