Sadly, I did not get on with this book. The short version is that you can find a plot summary online and save yourself the time slogging through this novel.
The writing style is something I can only really equate with bad fanfic. The characters are very thin, except the main character who is written as something of a Mary Sue, sadly, because the general plot of the book is good. I think maybe part of the issue is that it's set in 1969 and I'm fairly sure the author just googled "what happened in 1969" then added everything that came up into the personal experiences of the main character. In the span of a few pages they watch the Moon landing, mention Vietnam, talk about government corruption, smoke some weed, then go off to Woodstock. While none of those are specifically bad for characters existing in 1969 to reference, it's how they are wedged into the narrative that feels less like a natural part of the story and more like namedropping for the sake of it.
I'm aware that this is a YA novel, but I've read many YA novels and I've never encountered one that is written in such a basic way. This plot handled by a more experienced author would have been very interesting.
I'm a big Stranger Things fan, so I kept reading hoping that when the Stranger Things type stuff happened then at least that would be worth it. Sadly (again) the idea of exploring an MKUltra style experiment that goes bad (or right, depending on your point of view) is hampered by really poor character work and very odd junctions in the narrative to attempt to preserve the main character as being "good" while also putting her voluntarily in questionable situations.
As a counterpoint though, my friend got the audiobook version of this and thought it was amazing, so maybe the narrative style works better for audiobooks!
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