A Family Secret Keeps You Reading This Time Travel Story

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Screwing up Time C.M. Keller

Screwing Up Time was a quick read. It’s been languishing in my Kindle account since July 9, 2014. (Yay, #ShelfLove!)

This YA novel has all the typical time travel tropes—the kid (Mark) who doesn’t know he can time travel, a little bit of romance (Miranda isn’t a name you see every day) and some evil dude (never trust Peter) trying to seize power.

The mystery behind time travel and its connection to the Montgomerys in Screwing Up Time did catch my attention. The family is keeping a memory from the main character, Mark, and it involves a grandfather locked up in an mental hospital. Oh, family secrets that include a medical mystery and attempted murder! It’s like a soap opera!

I quite enjoyed the pop culture references. I’m almost certain that if I traveled in time, I would be referencing the catalog of books and movies I’ve read and watched if I were thrown back in time. I’m pretty sure that Braveheart is an accurate depiction of how to live in Scotland and Robin Hood: Princes of Thieves is a good reference point for surviving in England, right?


book review screwing up time keller


Definitely give Screwing Up Time a shot. Fans of time travel novels will enjoy the familiarity of the tropes and hopefully be intrigued by the big family secret and the ultimate reveal. In the meantime, I’m off to read more time travel novels and watch more historical movies just in case, you know, I get transported back in time.


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A Family Secret Keeps You Reading This Time Travel Story

Screwing Up Time

Author: C.M. Keller
Published on: July 12, 2011
Pages: 265
Series: Screwing Up Time #1
Genres: young adult, science fiction, time travel
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My Rating: Thumbs Up

About C.M. Keller

C. M. Keller is a copy editor, an award-winning novelist, and book reviewer for Publishers Weekly/Crown Publishing's Blogging for Books. She loves old movies and poison rings. In her spare time, she gardens, cooks, and does DIY projects on her 1940 bungalow.

(from her website)



2 responses to “A Family Secret Keeps You Reading This Time Travel Story

  1. This looks great, Terri! And yes, I’m sure that pop culture from books, tv, and movies is VERY accurate. I only know about the 50’s from Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley reruns!