I just finished this from the library tonight. I started it last night and would have finished it in one sitting, but it got late and I was really tired. I enjoyed this far more than I expected I would. I wanted to NOT like Shay, but she turned out to be different than you'd expect. I can see there being a sequel to this, which could be fun. There's a lot of potential for Shay, Tyler, Evie, Rick, etc.
Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com
I was on memory road while reading this book.
Garfinkle has nailed the seventies. Since I was in college and high school at the time, I remembered many of the references that were mentioned. I was also blown away about how many things that I take for granted were not around then. For today's teens, though, this book is great!
Shay is a high school student in 2006. She is burned out with life and spends her days skipping school, getting high, and having meaningless sex. She lives with her mother, who basically doesn't know that she is alive, and her housekeeper, who is really trying to get Shay back into life by taking the place of a parental unit.
After an afternoon of sex and champagne, Shay falls asleep in a hot tub. When she wakes up she finds herself in a bathtub with a teenage boy, named Tyler, staring at her. She figures out that she is in the year 1978. She and Tyler spend the rest of the story trying to get her back to 2006.
While that is happening, Shay takes a good look at her life in 2006 and her life in 1978, where she has found that she is intelligent, somewhat chaste, and has the ability to help others with their lives. This story has a good message and it's hard to put down. The characters are multi-faceted and believable. I really liked and rooted for both Tyler and Shay, hoping their lives will turn out to be great.
STUCK IN THE 70'S is also the first book I've read where the cool guy has values and is just as sweet as the geek. Whenever someone in 1978 tells Shay that she is sweet and Shay can't believe it, I remembered how powerful words are and told myself to use them to make positive changes in the world.