Replay

I DIED. For forty-two seconds I died. They were operating on me—why isn’t important anymore—and it was a simple surgery, everyone said so. My dad didn’t even take off work. Breathing, breathing, not. I can picture it. The “oh, no,” the scurrying around, the paddles on my chest, thwump. Clear! Thwump. Beep beep, beep beep, she’s back. Everything back to normal. THEY DON'T KNOW ANYTHING. ** Cara Campbell thought she had it made: star athlete, popular student, winner. But when she dies during surgery, she sees something she knows no one would ever believe. The doctors manage to revive her, but what happened during those 42 seconds of death has changed everything. Now Cara is having a hard time adjusting to her former life. None of her friends or accomplishments matter anymore. What does matter is the face she saw as she came rushing back into her body. That face belongs to David Mayer, a brainy outcast who dislikes Cara even more than she does him. As Cara sorts through the ramifications of her near-death experience, and struggles to overcome her fear of telling everyone what really happened, she discovers a path she never realized lay ahead of her. And as Cara is about to learn, there are no coincidences.

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By Renae · ★★★★☆ · December 18, 2012
I really enjoyed this book, and I found myself continuing to read it although I wasn't drawn-in by some of the ideas it contained. It's well written and very easy read in a couple sittings.

Robin Brande does a fantastic job making you dislike, and at the same time like the main character, Cara. Th... ...more
By Pauline (Chicopee, MA) · ★★★★★ · March 13, 2012
Oh, this is another winner for Robin Brande.
Cara is a 16 year old athlete and one of the most popular girls in school. Her near death experience makes her start to question her actions, her friends and her past. This story is engaging and so well written that at times I didn't even like Cara...or... ...more
By Hallie (Dublin, Ireland) · June 08, 2013
I really wanted to like this so much more than I ended up doing, in part because a YA novel with a teen who's had a near-death experience could be awesome. (No doubt influenced at least in part by how much I loved PASSAGE, flaws and all) But this just wasn't for me, mostly because I just didn't g... ...more
By Kerri (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · May 28, 2012
I think I've found my new favorite author. I know this because I do not believe in reincarnation or souls traveling from one body to another blah blah blah. But I really liked this book. Brande has a way of making me get completely involved in the lives of her characters. They are very real and w... ...more
By Amanda (Fayetteville, NC) · ★★★☆☆ · February 20, 2015
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Cara is a 16 year old popular athlete who dies during knee surgery for 42 seconds. When she awakens, she knows that she has to make changes in her life. But what needs to be changed? Throughout the book, I really didn't like Cara. She was... ...more
By Wendy (Warsaw, IN) · ★★★☆☆ · July 01, 2013
I thought the take on reincarnation was very unique but I didn't connect with Cara at all. In fact, I really didn't like any of the characters. Maybe I'm too old, but I found most of them shallow. I did enjoy the premise though and would try another book by this author. ...more
By Sarah (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · July 11, 2012
Without giving away too many spoilers, in Replay we follow the story of Cara Campbell, whose life irrevocably changes after she recovers from a near-death experience during surgery. Review on Finding Wonderland: http://writingya.blogspot.com/2012/07... ...more