REWIND by Rowan Shaw – Review by Maura Harper

Rewind (Rewind #1)Rewind by Rowan Shaw
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I hope that the literary world embraces change faster than the human world and soon we will no longer have to categorize ANY story as L B G T or Q. Love is love is love is love (and hate is hate). If everyone could just embrace others as being flesh and blood, wouldn’t the world be better for it?


I love when a story has a soundtrack that accompanies it. REWIND has a couple of “playlists” of sorts. You can click a link to learn how to pronounce character’s names (always handy). You can click a link to find the recipes that are featured in the story. There are a few others also – worth the time to explore.

On to my review of the actual story. This is a book that is told in dual points of view flashing between past and present. It’s a tale that has drama and tragedy and second chances and love. This is a story that I wanted to throw my Kindle against the wall a few times because I was super frustrated with certain aspects. Overall, this is a story I enjoyed and I intend to continue the series.

“Why did people always think that me being queer meant they could ask all kinds of weird shit about my sex life?” WHY INDEED!!

The story flowed pretty well, the characters are developed and the overall story seemed to follow plot points. There is a super strong undertone of homo-phobia and lack of compassion in the story and it made me feel bad for the characters. Their choices in friends and dates leave much to be desired. (Did I mention I wanted to hurl my Kindle a few times?).

I look forward to reading book 2 in the series.

Review by @mauraharper

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