The Eternal Return of Clara Hart
by Louise Finch
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Pub Date 13 Jun 2023 | Archive Date 26 Oct 2023
Publisher Spotlight, Little Island Books
You’re caught in a time loop and there’s only one way out. You have to call out your best friend.
Spence hates Anthony’s sexist jokes, but he never says anything. Anthony’s his buddy, and Spence doesn’t have many. One Friday, Spence finds Anthony assaulting their classmate, Clara Hart, at a party. Clara flees from the house, is hit by a car, and dies. But the next day, it’s Friday again and Clara is alive. Caught in a time-loop, Spence finds himself living the same 24 hours on repeat. Can he change Clara’s fate? And what if it’s not that simple?
Carnegie Medal Shortlist
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The Eternal Return of Clara Hart was absolutely addictive! I stayed up way too late to finish it because I had to know what happened to Spence. This is a great time loop story, but it's much more than that and covers deep, dark issues like death, assault, male toxicity and more. Spence is still reeling from the loss of his Mum, feeling alone and isolated from his dad who is also grieving and realizing that there's a limit to how long his friends are willing to listen to him talk about his Mum. My heart hurt for Spence - for the loss of his Mum but also because he had to dig down deep and be honest about his friends and his own actions to try to "fix" the time loop. As he pulls back more and more layers every time Friday resets, he's forced to face some hard truths about his best friend, their friends and his rugby teammates. I could feel his reluctance to come even get close to those layers of truth, because he never saw his best friend that way, never imagined the things his best friend was doing. At one point I felt like he would probably just give up trying to fix the time loop - it was taking so much out of him and nothing he tried worked - but he kept going and pushed through some really difficult truths.
The Eternal Return of Clara Hart doesn't end on a happy notes; there's no easy wrap up for Spence or Clara or Mia. But it ends on a hopeful note, hope that more young people will start standing up for what's right, even to their best friends, and stop the cycle of male toxicity.
I would give this all the stars if I could.