by Vivian Vande Velde
23 Minutes was an interesting book and a concept I had not read before now. Some would say it was like a crime fighting ground hog day. However while I see the similarity of the repeating that is about it. In this book the main character Zoe is a fifteen year old girl living in a group home and after an accident she can repeat 23 minutes of time. She needs to be careful since once that 23 minute window closes she can’t go back. She is in desperate need of repeating a certain 23 minutes and getting it right or many lives are going to end. Oh and one more thing she only gets 10 repeats, after that the last one is the one that sticks and no going back. She tries so many different times with so many different outcomes but she still thinks she can get a better one. She makes a friend, helper and ally in Daniel and between them work hard at getting the best 23 minutes they can. This is a short book coming in at 176 pages, the author did a great job at telling many different 23 minutes and really hooking the reader. I really liked the Zoe – Daniel team and enjoyed this quick book over a morning thunderstorm. I think it would be a great summer book to read and can be finished in a day’s time.
summary: Fifteen-year-old Zoe has a secret ability: she can travel back in time twenty-three minutes to relive events she wants to change. But Zoe has learned from experience that this is more curse thangift. Things almost never end well and people just tend to think she’s crazy.
But when she steps into a bank to get out of the rain and finds herself in the middle of a robbery gone horrifyingly wrong, Zoe knows she’s the only one who can help. The problem is, she has only a limited number of tries to make things right. Plus, a single mistake could get her killed—and not even time travel could bring her back from that.