Book Review: Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins

Title: Until we Meet Again
Author: Renee Collins
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Historical
Published: October 1st 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Page count: 336 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Gift

Book Summary:
Will the stars align for Cassandra and Lawrence in Renee Collins' sweeping contemporary romance with a dash of 1920's glamour.

Country clubs and garden parties. The last thing Cassandra wants is to spend the summer before her senior year marooned in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. Cass craves drama and adventure, which is hard when she just feels stuck.

But when a dreamy stranger shows up on her family's private beach, claiming that it is his property-and that the year is 1925-Cass is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making. As she searches for answers in the present, Cass discovers a truth that thrusts Lawrence's life into jeopardy. It won't matter which century he is from if he won't live to see tomorrow.

Desperate to save the boy who's come to mean everything to her, Cassandra must find a way to change history...or risk losing Lawrence forever.
*The Chef's Review*
    Actual rating: 4/5 stars
Aaah! I am in tears right now. I am literally in tears as I am writing this post. I just finished reading Until We Meet Again and I am so sad that it is over. It is that kind of book that left me with a bittersweet ending and even though it started with cliches and I had a couple of eye-rolls I ended up loving it and regretting my early judgment. It was amazing! Great story development!

What I Liked:

Lawrence. He is the main character's love interest. I adore him! I should probably talk about the story before I get to him, but I wanted to put him first. Ha!

Story. What a surprising story.  It starts with Cassandra, the main character of this book that goes to a summer vacation with her mother, stepfather and little brother, to a beautiful vintage house in Massachusetts's North Shore. She lacks motivation and feels like her life has become dull. Her mother is constantly pushing her to socialize into high society which she has never belonged to until recently that her mom married a wealthy guy. Cassandra feels rebellious until one night while having a stroll on her house's private beach, she finds a guy (it's Lawrence!) walking on her beach. She is immediately astounded with Lawrence and his interesting manners. They later realize that they are both living in different times, but it doesn't stop them from having a perfect relationship until they come to notice certain issues that makes their story complicated. And so this book develops into a mesmerizing story that I very much love.

Let's go back to Lawrence. He is a beautifully written character. This book is basically dedicated to him. He is a guy who lives in 1925 in exactly the same house that Cassandra is staying for her summer vacation. Lawrence is smart, thoughtful, kind, a gentleman, a poetry writer and a simply nice guy. There has been quite some time since I hadn't like a character this much. He is my very favorite in this book.

What Didn't Do It For Me:

Even though I ended up loving the book, there were some things that bothered me in the story. The first, was Cassandra's attitude and choices. I think that she was a bit too full of herself and dramatic even though the situation didn't call for it. She later changes, so I guess I can attribute that to character growth. However I did find her a bit annoying at the beginning.

The other thing that I didn't agree upon was the main character's mother. I felt like she was pushing her into unnecessarily situations and people that Cassandra didn't feel any connection with. I think she could have avoided a lot of discomfort towards Cassandra if she could have taken the time to spend some time with her and listen to her.

Final Verdict:

Until We Meet Again is a beautiful story. I laughed and cried and smiled throughout the whole book. I highly recommend it to all romance, mystery, historical lovers out there.

Happy reading! -- The Chef 


  1. Wonderful review! I’m so glad to see it because I’ve had this one on my TBR for quite a while. It’s been lingering so long that I debated whether I still wanted to read it or not, but reading your review definitely reviews my interest in it.

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    1. Yes! I must admit I had my doubts in the beginning, but it moved me to tears by the end of it. Very recommended.

  2. This definitely sounds like a great read, thanks for sharing!