Description: In the aftermath of a freak accident, a miraculous event brings Gary Olstrom back to an obscure day in his past; a key juncture in time that he never suspected held any importance. Disoriented and frustrated, he learns that he has only hours to stop something from happening that will irreparably damage the future of everyone he knows and loves.
“The Juncture” by Bruce Fottler is a religious adventure novel in which main character Gary Olstrom suffers a major accident and is transported back in time. Waking up on a seemingly arbitrary day in his teenage past, Gary begins to go through the motions of his former self while trying to figure out what made this particular day special.
While I wasn’t expecting the religious plot line that overlaid the plot, it was an extremely engaging narrative story. Bruce Fottler did a great job of weaving religious beliefs into the characters’ personalities and circumstances, paving the way for realistic interactions.
Gary spends the day trying to act like a teenager – a difficult feat for an adult looking back on how moody and hormonal we all were back then. Aided by John, his sidekick and best friend, they set off on one adventure after the other combatting high school bullies, pop quizzes, and of course high school love. While Gary has become a successful, confident adult, as a teenager there are a lot of underlying insecurities he has to get past and the book is a sort of delayed coming-of-age story.
I don’t want to divulge any spoilers, but I must say that the twist at the end of the novel was what really grabbed me. After reading the ending, my first instinct was to back to the beginning and reassess the clues from the beginning! Overall, “The Juncture” did a good job of telling an implausible story while exploring the effects of getting to relive a day in your past. What would you do if you were given the opportunity to go back and change just one thing?