Your Life Has Been Delayed

ISBN-13: 9781547604081
Ages 12 and up
Young Adult Time Travel / Coming of Age / Romance / Friendship

Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Release Date: Aug 24, 2021
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What if the future became your present?

It’s August 1995, and seventeen-year-old Jenny Waters is flying back home from an exciting trip to New York City. The biggest things on her mind are applying to Columbia and reuniting with her brand-new boyfriend. But when she and the other passengers disembark in St. Louis, they’re told that their plane disappeared . . . twenty-five years ago.

The world has fast-forwarded. Three of Jenny’s grandparents are gone, her parents are old, and her “little” brother is now an adult. There’s so much in the world she’s missed out on.

When a shocking revelation comes to light, she feels betrayed by her family and once-best friend. She’s also fighting her attraction to Dylan, a cute and kind classmate who has an unusual connection to her past. And then there are the conspiracy theories, coming from a group of people determined to prove that Flight 237—and Jenny’s own existence—is a hoax. Will she figure out how to move forward or will she always be stuck in the past?

Michelle I. Mason offers a thought-provoking debut novel about the most unexpected ways life can change . . . and the parts that always stay the same.

Jenny’s World!

What did people think about technology in 1995?

A Feb. 26, 1995, Newsweek article on “Why the Web Won’t Be Nirvana”

A 1995 episode of “The Computer Chronicles” explaining the Internet

October 1995 PEW Research Article on World Wide Web Usage 


Behind the Scenes

Your Life Has Been Delayed Playlist
The story behind the title
Your Life Has Been Delayed Watch List
The research for the book
Why 1995?
What inspired this book?
Jenny/It’s Not 1995 parody song
Choosing the characters’ names


The Week of Aug. 2, 1995:

Top 10 Songs on Billboard Hot 100

  1. Waterfalls by TLC
  2. One More Chance/Stay With Me by The Notorious B.I.G.
  3. Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days) by Monica
  4. Boombastic/In the Summertime by Shaggy
  5. Kiss from a Rose by Seal
  6. I Can Love You Like That by All-4-One
  7. Water Runs Dry by Boyz II Men
  8. Total Eclipse of the Heart by Nikki French
  9. Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman by Bryan Adams
  10. Run-Around by Blues Traveler

Top 10 Movies by Box Office Sales

  1. Waterworld
  2. The Net
  3. Apollo 13
  4. Clueless
  5. Operation Dumbo Drop
  6. Nine Months
  7. Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home
  8. Under Siege 2: Dark Territory
  9. Pocahontas
  10. The Indian in the Cupboard