Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett has the unique ability to travel through time and space, which brings him into Anna’s life, and with him a new world of adventure and possibility.
As their relationship deepens, the two face the reality that time may knock Bennett back to where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time. Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, Time Between Us is a stunning, spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new voice in YA fiction.
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Hyperion
Three stars: A simple, time travel romance that is warm and fuzzy.
Anna's feet pound the smooth track. It is freezing out, but running keeps her warm. She jogs this track every morning, but something is different today. She glances up and sees a boy in a parka sitting in the bleachers. Fear prickles her belly, why is that guy just sitting there watching her run on a cold winter morning? She gives him a glare and runs on, but something in her hesitates, there is something familiar about this boy. The next time around she throws him a smile and he returns it. She runs past, and turns back to find he has vanished. Unsettled, Anna puts the event behind her and heads to school. A new student has enrolled and everyone is buzzing. Anna is shocked to find that the new boy is the very same boy from the track, but he doesn't seem to recognize her. Bennett has many secrets, and Anna is about to learn his biggest and most shocking one. Will Anna fall for the mysterious boy?
What I Liked:
- The Time Between Us is a nice, warm, happy romance that will leave you feeling good. It is a romance where a boy from the future who can time travel falls in love with a girl from the past. While there are plenty of obstacles to overcome, it ends up being a sweet little book perfect for when you need something light and happy. Pack this one for the beach, read it in the backyard, or save it for a stormy, gray day when you ned a pick me up.
- Most of the book takes place in 1995, which was special year for me. I met my husband that year so it seems not so long ago. It is hard to believe that it has been almost twenty years since then. I enjoyed the nostalgic trip back to the era before cell phones, and MP3 players. Remember record stores and CD players? I especially loved the inclusion of many of the popular songs from that year. As soon as I read the lyrics the songs played in my head. It was a fun trip back to 1995.
- The romance is pretty straight forward in this one. A girl meets a handsome boy and they are attracted. Granted, there are a few weird stumbles such as the fact that the boy just happens to be from the future, and that he can alter events in time, which he does a couple of times. It does move a bit fast, but no so much that it isn't believable. There are no love triangles and it refrains from a lot of drama. It is just simple, cute and it makes you smile.
- The whole time travel concept is simplistic and it doesn't involve scientific explanations. It is basically revolves around a boy who has the inexplicable ability to travel back and forth through time, but he can only go back into his own life time and not beyond the current date. He can also transport to anywhere in the world by thinking about it so you have teleporting and time travel all in one. How cool is that? I liked all the travel scenes with Anna and Bennett. Who wouldn't want to escape from a winter day and head to a warm, sunny beach in an instant? Sign me up!
- I liked that this book draws to a nice happy ending. It is always nice to not find a cliffhanger. There are a few lingering questions that will hopefully be answered in the sequel.
- I appreciated the simple message that reminds you that instead of wishing for things that you don't have or places you can't go, perhaps it is wise to take time to appreciate what you do have such as family, friends, and love.
And The Not So Much:
- Even though I liked that the time travel was easy to understand, it made it a little less believable. I think if you have watched or read plenty of time travel stories, you know that you can't mess too much with time or run the risk of the butterfly effect where your meddling can completely change the course of time. There were a couple of instances where Bennett messed with time, like the event involving Emma and Justin, and there seemed to be no ill effects. At the end, there is the briefest hint that perhaps something happened from the change, but nothing drastic like I was expecting. I felt that the whole time travel concept needed more depth.
- Aside from the mentions of music, there isn't enough detail to bring alive the year 1995. There wasn't much discussion of fashion or trends and there was not a single event mentioned that was pertinent to that year, aside from a concert and Kurt Cobain's death which happened in 1994. I was expecting and hoping for a trip down memory lane through 1995 so I could feel nostalgic, but aside from the snippets of song lyrics, and the record store scenes, there wasn't much to convince me this story was taking place in 1995.
- Anna finds out that the reason for Bennett traveling back to 1995 involves his sister. I was expecting a resolution of this conflict, and in fact, the story line goes nowhere. It seemed like a pretty big deal and then there is this tiny mention that everything is once again normal in the future, but we have no idea how it came to pass. What happened with Brooke? How did she find her way back?
- Bennett's character through the first portion of the book is erratic. One moment he is charming and sweet and then another he is cold and aloof. I can't say that I completely understood everything as far as his behavior and the changes in time. Furthermore, I didn't get why he enrolled in school. Why would he need to attend high school if his purpose was to find someone who more than likely wouldn't be going to high school?
The Time Between Us was a good read with a sweet romance and time travel. If you are willing to just dive in and forgo the difficult time travel explanations and forget all the rules you have learned about altering time, you will be fine. Sometimes it is easiest to fall into the story and let it sweep you away. If you start thinking too much, the story begins to unravel a bit. Nevertheless, this is a fun little book, perfect for when you need an easy, cheerful read.
"When I look around at this 'normal' life you're so eager to leave, I don't see boring or predictable---I see friends who love you and a family that would make any sacrifice for your happiness. I see the kind of security I've never had and always wanted. I may have given you access to the world I know best, but you and your family have given me a world that doesn't exist on a map."
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.