Review: 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil

3;593:59 by Gretchen McNeil
Series: N/A
Published by: Balzer + Bray on September 17th 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Source: Bought- Hardcover


My Rating: 4 stars2

Josie Byrne’s life is spiraling out of control. Her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend Nick has grown distant, and her physics teacher has it in for her. When she’s betrayed by the two people she trusts most, Josie thinks things can’t get worse.

Until she starts having dreams about a girl named Jo. Every night at the same time—3:59 a.m.

Jo’s life is everything Josie wants: she’s popular, her parents are happily married, and Nick adores her. It all seems real, but they’re just dreams, right? Josie thinks so, until she wakes one night to a shadowy image of herself in the bedroom mirror – Jo.

Josie and Jo realize that they are doppelgängers living in parallel universes that overlap every twelve hours at exactly 3:59. Fascinated by Jo’s perfect world, Josie jumps at the chance to jump through the portal and switch places for a day.

But Jo’s world is far from perfect. Not only is Nick not Jo’s boyfriend, he hates her. Jo’s mom is missing, possibly insane. And at night, shadowy creatures feed on human flesh.

By the end of the day, Josie is desperate to return to her own life. But there’s a problem: Jo has sealed the portal, trapping Josie in this dangerous world. Can she figure out a way home before it’s too late?

From master of suspense Gretchen McNeil comes a riveting and deliciously eerie story about the lives we wish we had – and how they just might kill you.

Josie’s parents are splitting up, her boyfriend is acting strange, and her physics teacher constantly has an eye on her. Just when she thought life couldn’t go worse, it does.

Things have been acting really strange after being stopped by the train. She’s been having nightmares and visions at the exact same time, 3:59 twice a day. She can’t figure out why this is happening, until something weird starts happening with the mirror in her room.

She goes up to the mirror and notices a girl. She looks exactly like Josie, but different. Josie and Jo both start to notice and they decide to switch places. Josie wants Jo’s life because it seems perfect, so why not?

Well, that may not have been the best choice to make.

my thoughts 2

I have never come across a book with this many plot twists before! WOW! Definitely wasn’t expecting a lot of those plot twists that happened.

I really enjoyed this book, it wasn’t my favorite, but I definitely didn’t hate it at all. I will admit, it was a little hard for the first 30 pages to really get into the book. But, once things started happening to Josie, it hit the ground running!

I really, really enjoyed this book! I read it within a day and I had a very hard time putting it down. I was constantly wanting to know what was going to happen next with Josie. It was so much fun to read and at times you wanted to punch a couple characters because they just got on your every nerve.

Madison was definitely my least favorite character. I absolutely hated her so very much. I’m sorry, but you just don’t do that.

I loved the world building! I could very easily imagine what this world looked like! I could vividly imagine what was going on the entire time and it was so much fun to read!

There’s nothing wrong that I didn’t like–other than Madison–it just wasn’t my favorite book. :)

favorite quotes

“You can take the girl out of the universe but you can’t take the universe out of the girl.” — page 119


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3 thoughts on “Review: 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil

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