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It’s Time Travel Week! Yesterday, we brought you to the Roaring Twenties. Today, take a shorter trip back in time—to 1989.

In the world of Rachel Carter’s So Close to You trilogy, time travel is all too real, and Lydia Bentley is caught up in a sinister government conspiracy that threatens her life, her family, and her first love. How would you handle the ‘80s? Here are a few tips from author Rachel Carter—you’ll need them before you dive into This Strange and Familiar Place!


Hit play, then continue on your way in the 1980s!


Essential Reading List

This is a good place to start if you’re looking for teen novels set in the 1980s!

This Strange and Familiar Place by Rachel Carter
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
White Lines by Jennifer Banash
Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard
The Summer I Learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt
Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal



Dos & Don’ts of the ‘80s

DON’T shy away from neon. Pumps, leggings, sweaters, eye-shadow: you can literally never have enough neon.

DO live your life like a John Hughes movie. You are Molly Ringwald. Go find yourself a Jake Ryan.

DON’T forget that hairspray is your best friend. The higher the hair, the better the night. (Who needs to breathe anyway?)

DO make the best mixed tapes. Duran Duran, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Guns & Roses, Pat Benatar, the Pixies. Music rocks in the ‘80s, and a cassette tape is the only true way to appreciate it.

DON’T buy a prom dress unless it has ruffles. Like, a lot of ruffles. And maybe shoulder pads.



‘80s-Inspired Fashion for the Modern Girl

The Punk

80s Inspired Outfit for the Punk


The Preppy

80s Inspired Outfit for the Preppy



The Music


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