Instead, it sets up the background regarding Ben and Emma, and their relationship in the 1940's, and Ben's attempt at finding the woman he lost on December 7, 1941. This is where the most interesting, to me, part of the book comes into play. It's a unique take on the afterlife, and I'd say goes deeply into the idea of reincarnation, immortality, and multiple lives.
It is this aspect of the book which I thought the construction was quite good, and I found myself intrigued by the concept. One of the things I found myself wondering at the beginning of the book is what the commander was, as there was a definite air of mystery about what he was. My initial thought was an angel of sorts, as it seemed to make the most sense.
As far as the two main characters, I didn't find myself drawn to either one as a reader initially, but by the end of the book, I found myself liking both characters. I think Emma made some bad choices relationship-wise, but I'm glad she eventually found that she had a bigger attraction to Ben after all as opposed to Lucas, the town's bad boy.
There is a lot in this book that revolves around high school, so it's very much a YA book. Overall, my rating is 4/5 platypires.