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Throwback

(2023)
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Back to the Future meets To All the Boys in this thrilling new YA time-travel romance by award-winning author Maurene Goo.

Samantha Kang has always butted heads with her mom, Priscilla, who is a first-generation Korean American, a former high school cheerleader and expects Sam to want the same all-American nightmare. Meanwhile, Sam is a girl of the times who has no energy for clichéd high school aspirations. After a huge fight, Sam is desperate to get away from Priscilla, but instead, finds herself thrown back.
Way back.

To her shock, Sam lands in the '90s . . . alongside a 17-year-old Priscilla. Now, Sam has to deal with outdated tech, regressive '90s attitudes, and a time-crossed romance with the right guy in the wrong era.

With the clock ticking, Sam must figure out how to fix things with Priscilla or risk being trapped in an analog world forever. Sam's blast to the past has her questioning everything she thought she knew about her mom . . . and herself.

"No one can blend family, humor, satire, and love into a single perfect story like Maurene Goo can . . ." Marie Lu, No.1 New York Times bestselling author

"the fresh, funny, yet profoundly thoughtful time travel story you didn't know you needed-but trust me, you definitely do . . ." Veronica Roth, New York Times bestselling author

"Funny and big-hearted, romantic, and delightfully unexpected in the best way" Nicola Yoon, No.1 New York Times bestselling author



Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Praise for this book

"With a hauntingly hilarious premise - getting flung back in time to be besties with your mean girl mom in high school - Throwback is bright, warm and wholly engrossing. Brimming with breezy dialogue and wry fashion observations, Maurene Goo has rendered a captivating jaunt through the mid-nineties, complete with casual racism and vintage identity politics. Slyly provocative, compulsively readable, with an absolutely tantalizing twist, Throwback is a striking, heartfelt addition to the time-travel canon. I want to hang out with the Korean women in this family." - Mary H K Choi

"No one can blend family, humor, satire, and love into a single perfect story like Maurene Goo can. I inhaled this book in a single sitting, lost in the magic of this tale of mothers and daughters and the weight of generational divides. I laughed, I sobbed, and now I want to hand this book to everyone I know." - Marie Lu

"I absolutely adored Throwback! It's fun and laugh-out-loud funny - but with a message that resonates and characters I couldn't stop thinking about. A tour de force from Maurene Goo, and a book I know I'll be returning to again and again." - Morgan Matson

"With all the humor and heart that are Maurene Goo's specialty, Throwback is the fresh, funny, yet profoundly thoughtful time travel story you didn't know you needed - but trust me, you definitely do. An absolutely delightful book." - Veronica Roth

"Inventive, fun and fresh, Throwback explores the mysteries of destiny, identity, and more than one kind of love." - Rebecca Stead

"Throwback is as fun and feel-good as your favorite '90s teen flick but wrapped up in a beautifully written and poignant story of mothers, daughters, the immigrant experience, and the 'American dream.' Maurene Goo writes with heart, humor, tenderness and an unabashed optimism that will remind readers what's worth believing in - and the importance of being true to yourself. No other author out there is doing it like Maurene, and Throwback is her best yet. An absolute triumph by an unparalleled talent." - Courtney Summers

"Throwback is one of those rare books that manages to unearth deep truths with the lightest of touches. It's funny and big-hearted, romantic, and delightfully unexpected in the best way. It was a true pleasure to read." - Nicola Yoon


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