by Tamara Ireland Stone
Expected publication date: October 9, 2012
by Hyperion Books
Source: ARC from BEA (Book Expo America.) Read my review policy/disclosure here.
My summary: Anna lives in Chicago in 1995. She's drawn to Bennett, the new kid in school, who frustrates her with his erratic behavior, then finally tells her a secret: he's from the future. He's traveled into the past, trying to solve a mystery, when he falls in love with Anna. With almost two decades of time and half a continent between them, can the two of them ever find happiness?
My take: I've said it here before on the blog, and I'll say it again. I always think that time travel books are going to make my head explode. It's the same problem I have with sci-fi and fantasy. I'm using so much brainpower to try to make sense of all the stuff that's going on, I can't really relax and lose myself in the story.
Thankfully, Time Between Us tries to make the time travel rules as simple as possible. Bennett has a special time travel ability that runs in his family. He is only able to travel within his lifetime. He has a personal policy not to change the course of events too drastically. (Except one time when Anna begs him to help her undo something that happened, and he agrees.) The thing I didn't quite understand is how Anna is able to travel to other places in time and space with him, sort of like using a portkey in Harry Potter. But I'm willing to go along with it.
One of the things I like about time travel in books is that it creates a ton of romantic possibilities. In 2012, Anna is a 31 year-old cougar and Bennett is a teenager. If he travels to 1995, he can make them the same age. I liked Anna -- a sheltered bookstore employee who longs to see the world. Bennett is harder to get a read on, since he keeps disappearing and reappearing. Most of the book was set in the 1990s -- a time that I feel deeply nostalgic for -- and I wished that the book would have given me more of a sense of that era.
But all in all, I did enjoy Time Between Us and loved the way the author was able to resolve the ending. If you're a fan of time travel books, definitely check this one out.
Tell me in comments: what's your take on time travel stories? Do you have favorite time travel books and movies?
Next week this book will be part of my I Love The 90s giveaway! Don't miss it!