Review: Stand by Me by Judi Curtin

Challenge criteria: A book by/about a person with a disability.


What if something that happened a long long time ago still made you sad? Graham is Molly and Beth’s favourite uncle, so they really want to help him fix the past – and since the girls know of a mysterious door that can take them back in time, maybe they can! But how can they find who they’re looking for without apps or social media? And what will the girls make of the 60s, where the hairstyles are wild, the slang is weird and no one’s heard of a mobile phone?

The girls soon discover that fun with friends is just the same whatever time you live in and that real friendship lasts forever – even when you’re apart.

This is an exciting story about time-travel, family, friendship and love.

What I liked:

I am utterly obsessed with the idea of time travel, and so this book was definitely up my street. The premise behind their travels this time was also very sweet. Although, I think we have seen several books or movies that tell us not to interact with people we know when we go back!

This is the second book of the series, but there was never any moment where I felt like I didn’t know what was happening from the first book. It reads perfectly as a standalone book.

What I didn’t like:

The two girls tend to say “OMG” a lot. No, I mean a lot. Much more than it is actually said by anyone of their age or where they come from.

There were a couple of small continuity issues, like Graham being confused by the limits of Irish food in the 1960s despite him having been there before.

Out of five:

Three and a half. I really enjoyed this book, and my first Judi Curtin book definitely will not be my last.


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