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Jane has lived a mostly ordinary life, raised by her recently deceased aunt Magnolia, whom she counted on to turn life into an adventure. Without Aunt Magnolia, Jane is directionless. Then an old acquaintance, the glamorous and capricious Kiran Thrash, blows back into Jane’s life and invites her to a gala at the Thrashes’ extravagant island mansion called Tu Reviens. Jane remembers her aunt telling her: “If anyone ever invites you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you’ll go.”
What Jane doesn’t know is that at Tu Reviens her story will change; the house will offer her five choices that could ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But every choice comes with a price. She might fall in love, she might lose her life, she might come face-to-face with herself. At Tu Reviens, anything is possible.
I don’t even know how or where to begin talking about this book! I was looking forward to reading it, without really having a good idea of what it was about. I knew it was about Jane, who had an aunt who told her never to turn down an invitation to visit this strange house, so when an invitation comes, Jane accepts.
This is a strange book. Once I got going, the structure felt a little Choose Your Own Adventure-y. While I am thinking back on the format now, I appreciate that the author tried something different and challenging like that, but I must admit that while I was actually reading, the format was frustrating.
I think that because I had such a hard time feeling anything for the characters, I struggled to get more invested in the book. The setting and stories and characters were all so strange that it made it hard for me to get past marvelling at the strangeness and let myself really get into the book. I wish I had liked this more, because I generally like strange and different.
I know that some readers have really loved this one, while others like me found it a bit of a challenge to get into, so I think this is the kind of book that can generate some really great discussion!