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*Starred Review* Lancaster's follow-up to If You Were Here (2011) is a charming comedy in the vein of movies like Big and 13 Going on 30. Twenty years after she ruled her high school with an iron fist, Lissy Ryder finds herself out of work and dumped by her husband, Duke, who was her high-school sweetheart. Lissy decides to start her own PR firm and attends her high-school reunion in the hopes of drumming up business. She's chagrined to find that her now successful schoolmates are still smarting from her high-school cruelty and want nothing to do with her. Only earth-mother Deva deigns to speak to Lissy, offering a solution to her woes: drink a potion that will send her back into the past to undo the misery she caused her classmates. Lissy gamely accepts the challenge, but when she returns to her new present, she's shocked to find how much her life, as well as the lives of her classmates, has changed, and not necessarily for the better. Readers will find it easy to root for the frank and funny heroine of this winsome, whimsical tale. Lancaster's downright fun novel is chick lit at its best.--Huntley, Kristine Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Mean Girls meets Back to the Future as bestselling memoirist Lancaster (Bitter Is the New Black) makes her second foray into fiction (after If You Were Here). "Every high school has a Lissy Ryder-you know, the girl who's absolutely untouchable," she muses on the first page. As in: boyfriend stealer, head cheerleader, the girl you hated but secretly wanted to be. And by the second chapter, Lissy may finally be getting her karmic payback: her husband asks for a divorce, and she loses her PR job and moves back in with her parents. Mix in one hellish 20th high school reunion and a New Age classmate with a special potion (who's changed her name from Debbie to "Deva" and created a spiritual guidance industry), and suddenly Lissy's back to 1991. Armed with an insight she didn't possess then, Lissy aims to make up for being such an awful teenager. But in so doing, will she, a la Back to the Future's Marty McFly, mess up the future-not only for herself but for others? The author explores that concept in several different eventualities for all involved. Lancaster's as adept at fiction as she is at telling her own stories-no matter what she's writing, it's scathingly witty and lots of fun. Agent: Scott Miller, Trident Media Group. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.