RE: Trailer Trash
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In the year 2045, an MRI mishap transmits Tabitha Moore's mind back into her body in the past. Now it's 1998, she's thirteen years old, and she has to confront her long, miserable lifetime of failures—and once again being trailer trash—all over again.
...Or, does she?
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Ok, the hint of fantasy/scifi is mostly in the time-travel. The rest is very realistic and just... good. It's good. It's like Judy Blume wrote a book about time-travel and made it into a redo-fic.
A woman in her 60s goes to get an MRI and it short-circuts. She ends up in the body of her 13 year old self. Her overweight, living in a trailer park, low-class, 13 year old self. That she had been trying to get away from for almost fifty years.
Now she has to do it all again. Or does she? Nope. She's going to get better *now.*
I can see why this is 5th best rated on the site. It's not litrpg, it's not isekai, but it's true. The main character has to overcome issues we can related to. We might actually have lived. She is all of us. And as she see her get better, we know we can too.
Great story, grammar, flow- everything's top notch.
Very good novel, starts off on a high tempo and the tempo is varied well before a nice peak. I don't think there is anything to complain about, the slow pace here and there has only increased me wanting to read further chapters.
The characters in the story have depth and personality, there is a lot of development of characters as the novel progresses. I think the thought process of the MC as an older person in a young body makes sense and the young characters behave like children. I would expect there to be less drama in school than in this book, but who knows, the drama only makes the story more addicting to read so I see it as a positive.
I feel like most people have those moments in life we wish we could back in time and undo. The writer takes that idea and turns it into a masterful story of "What if...?" Everything the Main character does is taken logically and give the story amazing depth, and not everything happens the way she planned out. Her awarness of the future seems both blessing and curse as she tries to deal with changing her life around.
The rest of the cast is great support to the story as well, the write is great at giving different prospectives from the color lenses of how the other see the story beside the main character.
All a great addition to website
Wow, just wow. Rarely does a story leave you speechless, rarely does one make you laugh out loud and then cry the next chapter. Not to mention the times I've had to put my phone down and give myself time out because I've become so invested in the character and her struggle.
As someone who normally reads the litrpg and fantasy stories on this site, I wasn't sure if a plot like this would be for me but i can safely say this story has skyrocketed to one of my all time favourites, not just on RR, but of all stories.
There is no min/maxing, no optimisation of her life or peak efficiency in her do-over. Its a powerful story of the very real struggles of life and picking oneself up despite so much around you trying to drag you down.
Character and Story deserve more than a 5. Not just the MC, Tabby, but all the side characters are so real, so fleshed out that when major events happen throughout the story, you get sucked in. Sleepless nights as you can't help but hit next chapter? Check.
Grammar and spelling is all there. Didn't notice errors!
Style - yes. Just yes.
I only wish I could give this story more than a 5/5.
Honestly, I didn't expect to enjoy this nearly as much as I have. I'll probably update this review later to be more in-depth. I just wanted to point out how detailed the characters are. They feel real to say the least. Well most of them do. Some of the adults can be lacking at times but overall spot on.
A re-do story that isn't an Isekai -- whaaaatt? Seems that Isekai is one of the most popular genre when it comes to self published stories online, so getting a chance to redo your life in of it self is certainly not unique, but this has been on of the few stories that I have read that is set in the same world, without any magical elements thrown in. This makes it more of a standard time traveling story that reminds me a bit of the Japanese manga/anime Erased.
The story starts with our character being rather shallow, caring mostly about ensuring that she can loose some weight so that she can be pretty for her first day at a new school. It comes across more like someone in their late 20s or 30s having a midlife crisis rather than someone who, even though perhaps not a "good life", has already lived to be 60. I would think if you actually woke up 47 years younger you'd marvel at not having frail bones no more rather than things like petty appearance (at least to the degree that is presented in the story).
Deciding to change your life for the better by taking care of yourself and eating right is certainly admirable goals, but it could have been phrased a little better. For instance, our character has an extreme self-loading early on for being overweight. The author does at several time comment on the more progressive moral values that we have now adays regarding things like homosexuality, racism, sexism and sensitivity regarding disabilities, yet if you are overweight, the message seems to be that you are sub-human, not worth any love and will end up alone. I think it could have been rephrased in a better way so it focuses more on positive aspects of eating right/exercise so that in can serve as a good motivator with some empathy to overcome an eating disorder. If our MC was genuinely 13, maybe I could be more forgiving seeing as it is quite easy to blame yourself for being bullied an internalise those thoughts, but someone who is 60 I would think should have slightly better self awareness.
Thankfully this does not become a long standing issue as the author certainly does not act as if a change to our MCs appearance will take care of all her problems. As the story goes on it becomes a lot more serious in delving into serious issues, such as bullying/physical- and sexual abuse. This makes the story significantly more enjoyable for me as it definitely is not just a re-do wishfulfillment at that point and her life certainly does not become perfect overnight.
The bullying done in the story is very involved, the levels presented in the story does serve the purpose of the story, but maybe I just had an event less school life, but it always seems like stories like this takes it to 11, which can make it seem a bit far fetched that seemingly the entire school constantly does noting but talk trash about the MC. It reminds me a bit when I played Persona 5 when literary everyone you come across talks about the new student (you) or any events relating to you. I do think, however, the author does a good job of ensuring that the bullying is not just justified by the bullies being "evil". There is generally a plausible (for someone who is 13, at least) reason for why someone acts out against her and those characters usually get some needed background information as well to make it seem more real and believable rather than cartoon bullies, as situations are rarely as easy as good vs evil.
Perhaps it is not surprising, but so far there has been little to no romance, which is refreshing as that is basically 95% of all female MC, school-life related storis I have read. Obviously most of those does not have the redo context, but I take what I can get :-). I am a biiiig fan of portrayal of good sibling/non sexual friendship relationships, something that the story does focus quite heavy on.
This is a great start to the book it is honestly a little boring in the begging because she does not seem like a developed character but soon after those few first chapters she goes into being one of the most interesting characters I have read about. Also, I would love to rate the authors work a super high as well because this is not just a story that can be done in a short amount of time the research and time put into the chapters is shown all throw out this amazing story. The only reason this rating is not all fives is that this is far away from my normal reads and very different as it is heavily about the character and what she does with less about the world outside of where she is. I would gladly recommend this book to others this book to others because characters are well thought out and put together and even the side characters that don't have to much of a role have a well thought out back story that could not have been written upon a fly. the story is interesting as she is a character that writes a book that is similar to some of the ones here on Royal Road and she has problems with actual people in the story that have depth and are not plain evil and destruction oriented.
The premise itself is already very interesting and somewhat unique, as it doesn't involve any fantastical miracles (other than the fact that MC got to redo her life). I love how the MC has to work hard in order to change the things that she wants to change. There is no convenient bullcrap where MC automatically becomes a Mary Sue and gets what she wants easily. And that I can thoroughly enjoy.
I also love the realistic elements such as how MC doesn't remember much details about certain events (I mean, who remembers every last inch of details for events that happened 50 years in the past haha). Really nice, as other Re-Life novels I've seen tend to allow the MCs to have a higher chance of succeeding their changing-the-past endeavours by giving them impeccable memory of where, what, when and how certain events are going to unfold. For a realistic story like this, the gaps in memory are a very nice and logical touch.
Grammar and style there are no issues, and I am not an expert, but it all flows very nicely. Although I've seen some people complain about how the MC talks like someone who tries too hard to seem highly educated (like a know-it-all), but I think due to the background of the character (her upbringing, life struggles and resulting complexes), it kind of fits? And there's also another reason why she speaks this way in the re-life timeline (once you read it you'll know).
I love the MC, honestly since the story is pretty much told through her POV, I'm so glad that she's actually likeable so I'm enjoying my time here.
I'm mad that there is only one April fools chapter. So mad. I need more.
Oh, and the rest of the story is gold.
But that April fools chapter, man.
I don't often leave reviews, but when I do, I like to think its for a damn good story. This is exactly that.
RE: Trailer Trash does not fit Royal Road's usual mold, but instead is a story that the rest of Royal Road should work to match. The title and summary were initially a bit unappealing, as if the author himself doesn't really think too much of their story, when they absolutely should. On the other end of the story, I actually think this is a part of its charm.
Have you ever wanted to repeat your life? Try things over, and see if you can get it right? Tubby Tabby, Tabitha gets the chance when a freak accident with an MRI sends her mind back to fourty seven years ago... curiously to the same MRI she was put in back then.
Bound and determined to pull off life "right" this time, she completely upends her entire family structure, makes new friends, relives old traumas, and all around wholesomes her way into a new life. Whether that life is better or worse has yet to be determined, but its certainly as scary as it is exciting. Very much slice of life, but its a slice of a life filled with changes that are unexpected but plausible and interesting.
My only quibble is that the characters can run together. Occasionally you'll find yourself asking "Wait who is Casey again?" This only happens for the sub cast later on in the story as the cast begins to grow, but it happens enough that I'm giving it a 4 in that category alone.
This story is phenominal. For everyone who's ever dreamed of knowing the right words to say after the fact, for everyone who's ever wondered if the popular kids had somehow done all this before and thats why they're so good at "getting it", for everyone who has lived through shit and wishes for another chance to do things better, this is the story for you.
Give this a read. You won't regret it.