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176pp
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Overview

By both society’s measure and her own, fifteen-year-old Zoe Mahar is pretty much a loser. Then one day she ducks into Spencerport Savings and Loan simply to get out of the rain—and witnesses a bank robbery gone horrifyingly wrong. The good news is that Zoe has a unique ability: she can play back time and repeat events. But it’s not an unlimited deal—she can only jump 23 minutes, and her first playback creates an even more disastrous outcome. Zoe has only 10 tries to get it right before this particular 23 minutes becomes irreversible. In the process of trying to become the heroine she doesn’t believe she can be, Zoe learns about herself and realizes that there is more to who she is than she thought.

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4.0
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4.0  (4)
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Discuss the setting and the role it played. Describe when and where the story takes place.
Who are the main characters? What problems or conflicts does each character face in the book? Briefly describe each character.
What are the good points of this book? What did the author do well? Tell why you liked the book.
What, if any, were the bad points in the book? What did you feel the author did poorly? Tell why you didn't like the book.
This is where you give a brief summary of the book. Tell about at least two events that took place in the story. Don't give away the ending but give a 20 second synopsis that describes the story.
Without giving away the ending tell whether or not the ending was satisfying. Did the end fit the story?
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Story held my interest 
 
3.5
Writing style 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0

23 Minutes

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Setting
Nearly 90 percent of this book happens in the bank that the bank robbery takes place. This furthers the story because every time Zoe travels back she knows the setting even more than the time before. It’s interesting that although the setting is confined to only the bank the story is very exhilarating as Zoe learns how to use this knowledge to her advantage.
Characters
Zoe is truly the only main character in this book the story is focused on her and her decisions. Zoe is a very well developed character with a personality presented that really gives you a feel for her. Zoe is a character that feels that she is a loser and this becomes a really big element when she becomes the only person who can save the innocent people inside the bank. The closest thing to another developed character in this story would be the robber himself. Although not much is based on him you can learn from his actions and dialogue that he is not a great person. The robber is a man who is willing to shoot and kill to get what he desires, anyone who gets in his way, man, woman, or child he will make them get out of his way. Although there is not extreme depth to the character we are able to learn much about him mainly from his actions.
Good Points
Personally I am very intrigued by all things to do with time. Time travel is one of my favorite subjects. This book is largely based around time travel and I feel that Velde did a very good job in centering a story around that. Velde used time travel to take one occasion and encounter into various new encounters all with drastically different events and consequences. The that Velde was able to hold my interest through something that could have been very repetitive and boring is a very good point in her writing. The story and the character and her abilities is a very unique way time travel has been written unlike much that I have read before.
Bad Points
The only downside to this book I can think of in any way is that we are limited to very few characters and even fewer who are well developed. I feel that this book could have been far more interesting if Velde had brought in more characters, maybe some closer to Zoe and made us feel for more characters than just Zoe. One or two more well developed characters could have made a big difference in my personal opinion.
Plot Summary
23 Minutes by Vivian Vande Velde is a mysterious story about a 15 year old girl named Zoe who can turn back time to 23 minutes in the past just by saying “Playback”. Nearly all of the of the book is based on a bank robbery that Zoe was involved in. Zoe's goal is to stop the death of innocent people and the bank robbery if at all possible, the only catch is, she has ten tries and only 23 minutes each time. So has realized when she has used her “ability” before that things almost never turn out right. This time Zoe is going to have really dig deep to save both herself and those around her and has to remember that just one mistake could get her killed.
Ending
Finally, personally I felt the ending was quite abrupt. I was quite satisfied with the end and in fact very relieved. Compared to the entirety of the story I felt that the end was quick and abrupt. I feel that there could have been more to the story in the end. Although I felt that there was a deeper meaning to the story than what meets the eye. The reader was trying to show us that our choices have consequences and although we all wish we could go back in time to change choices we make sometimes that may not be as good an idea as we thought.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG-13
Sexual Content
G
Violence
R
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Story held my interest 
 
4.5
Writing style 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0

23 Minutes

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Setting
Zoe is a foster child and after fighting with her house mom she ends up in a bank robbery. The story takes place mostly in the bank where she meets a guy named David and goes back in time to try to save everyone.
Characters
Velde describes Zoe really well. She is cleaver and funny but has to face many hard choices. I could see Zoe being a real person. She doesn’t have the feel that she’s fictional. She also seems to act much older than fifteen, more like 18 or 19. And then there is David. David is kind to her and she always comments on him like his dreamy eyes or what not. David is 24 and they develop a brother sister type of bond. To me he seems really fictional. Especially how often he is described makes him sound like some girls dream guy.
Good Points
Velde did really well keeping the suspense on what might happen next. And you can really connect with Zoe, the way she acts really connects, especially her humor. Velde did really good portraying a deeper meaning in the book. Velde makes it clear that people should be careful of the choices they make
Bad Points
Velde did not do really well connecting David. Because he seems so fictional it makes it harder to connect with him. The time line wasn’t really great either. Reliving the same 23 minutes for the majority of the book seems too repetitive. And every time Zoe saw David she had to comment something about him which really got old
Plot Summary
In the book 23 Minutes by Vivian Vande Velde fifteen-year-old Zoe can travel back in time. The catch is she only can go back 23 minutes to change what she wants. After going into a bank to get out of the rain she soon finds herself in the middle of a bank robbery and only has a certain amount of try to make things right. One wrong move could get her killed and she has a limited amount of tries to get it right.
Ending
The ending of the book seemed really satisfying to me. Zoe seems more wise by the end it everything felt like it went together perfectly. This book taught me to be careful of the choices I make because one wrong choice could end up with bad consequences. I believe this is what Velde was trying to get readers to believe as well
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG-13
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Story held my interest 
 
4.0
Writing style 
 
4.5
Characters 
 
3.5

User Review

Setting
The book takes place in modern times set in rainy Seattle, Washington. The setting of the bank plays a major role in the story, as it is the site of the main plot, the bank robbery. Set in rainy Seattle, Washington, the setting plays a big role in creating a mysterious tone and overshadowing mood. Zoe’s relationship with David creates conflict in an already tense situation. Zoe is constantly distracted by his physical and emotional attraction for him, and it becomes almost repetitive how much she lacks focus due to him.
Characters
Zoe, the protagonist in the book, is the most developed character in 23 minutes. Throughout Zoe struggles with self confidence and pictures herself as a “loser”, this makes her able to relate to the audience of the book, which is teenagers. Yet, at the conclusion of the story, Zoe realizes that she is in fact special and that she even saved someone’s life and helped to capture murderous bank robbers. Zoe transforms throughout the book as she gains self confidence. David, Zoe’s crush is an example of a shallow and underdeveloped character. While David is key to the plot, he shows no change throughout the book and seems to be in the story to mainly amuse and entertain Zoe. David and Zoe’s relationship shows how two characters, one deep and the other shallow, can show contrast in the effectiveness of a story's characters.
Good Points
Vivian Vande Velde was very effective in not creating a repetitive and boring story. While the story recounts the same twenty three minutes over and over again, Velde was able to create different outcomes and keep the plot and character evolution alive. The author was able show show many perspectives throughout the story with each new “rewind” and prove that she could handle a repetitive plot without a repetitive read.
Bad Points
One negative thing about 23 Minutes would be that the rising action did drag a bit, but the climax of the book was definitely worth it.
Plot Summary
23 Minutes, by Vivian Vande Velde recounts the life of fifteen-year-old Zoe Mahar, a teen girl who struggles with self confidence. Zoe has the incredible power to rewind time exactly twenty three minutes, which allows her to fix many of her mistakes. Most of the time, though, she finds that things do not always turn out the way she wanted, even with her special gift, as she finds out with David, her high school crush who refuses to like her back despite the countless rewinds and redo's. While walking home one day, Zoe enters a bank, to shelter herself from the rain only to find herself in the middle of a bank robbery. After one of the workers dies, Zoe uses her power to try and change the outcome, but finds it harder to do than she thought, especially with a limited amount of tries and her own life at risk.

Ending
I found the ending to the book satisfying and conclusive. All of the main questions and mysteries were eventually answered, which is exceptionally good considering this is a mystery/action book. I got an understanding of how a writer can recount the same event multiple times and still keep the audience entertained. I also learned how people can only get true self confidence from themselves and their accomplishments.



Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG-13
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Story held my interest 
 
4.0
Writing style 
 
3.5
Characters 
 
4.5

User Review

Setting
The bank is where the whole story begins, Zoe does not even have a reason to be at the bank she just goes in to be out of the rain. She begins to use her powers to turn back time to stop the robbery, the only problem is she can only turn back 23 minutes. Zoe faces a problem when she goes to turn back time again by saying “playback” but the clock is broken and says it hasn’t been a full 23 minutes.
Characters
Zoe is the main character of the story, the author felt very confident in her. She has powers and she does not like to use them but she seems to find herself reliving almost everything. In the middle of turning back time at the bank this character begins to live in a dramatic situation where she is almost being shot, towards the end of the book Zoe decides to only relive memories in her head. Daniel is meant to be the stranger that everyone wants to meet, Vivian Vande Velde makes him seem like a prince that will sweep you off your feet or even a “dream boy” when he offers to take a bullet for Zoe.
Good Points
The author of 23 Minutes has a good layout of the story especially when turning back time and then beginning to go back to present. It is a story with a twist. When Zoe goes to turn back time again but the clock says it hasn’t been a full 23 minutes she is almost getting herself shot. I liked that Vivian Vande Velde also made it into a fairytale love story, although Daniel and Zoe don;t run off and get married in the end they become friends and are very caring for eachother.
Bad Points
I did not like how short the book was and I did feel like it did become to dramatic in some scenes.
Plot Summary
In 23 Minutes by Vivian Vande Velde a fifteen year old girl, Zoe has powers to turn back time. Every time she does use her powers things don’t end up well and people think she is crazy. Zoe faces an obstacle when she goes inside a bank to get out of the rain, the bank was being robbed. Zoe did not know if she should use her powers or not and she only had ten tries. She meets a boy, Daniel in the bank who was twenty-four she begins to almost fall for him as he cares for her and tries to keep her safe in the bank, when the police want to shoot her.
Ending
The book ends in a crazy mess and Zoe does run out of time. The author of this book was trying to get her point across by showing how precious time really was and not to get yourself in a situation that does not involve you. In the beginning on the book Zoe knows it won’t end good and she may seem like a hero but in reality she may have caused a bigger mess. She does not continue to use her powers at the end of the book and she realizes everything happens for a reason.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
G
Sexual Content
G
Violence
PG
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
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