Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Series: (Time Between Us #1)
Published: October 9th 2012
Categories: Magical Realism, Science Fiction
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Synopsis: 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.
Review: Before I always think that time related abilities as the coolest of them all. Who cares if they can fly, can they go back in time? Can they freeze time? I think time is one of the most valuable aspects of our lives. So I find it fascinating when there are stories about people who can manipulate time. That’s why I was really intrigued ever since I saw Time Between Us. This book kind of reminds me of The Time Traveler’s Wife without the guy losing his clothes and The Lake House with two lovers in between a not really that distant periods of time.
Anna saw this guy at the track and there something about him that that tells her he knows her. He even smiled at her. Intrigued she looked up again only to see him gone. The mysterious guy from the track shows up in their class as new student named Bennett. At first he was sort of indifferent to her until gradually he’s warming up to her. One time during her work a guy tried to rob the place. Thankfully, Bennett was there and saved her. She was really grateful for what he did but she was more confused to know how he entered and saved her when the place is secured. Until Bennett told his ability…he can travel through time and space.
I remember this viral video before, about a time traveler in Charlie Chaplin’s movies with the lady holding a mobile phone. In all fairness it kind of spooked me up. Then upon looking at it intently, it might not be a cellphone she was holding. So anyways, getting back to the story, it was really nice and smooth. Sort of like a peaceful river. It runs gently but when it hit stones, it hit stones. It doesn’t have this dramatic effect of world destruction cliché plot. It just about these two young people in love. Another thing is that Bennett actually has other motivation from being in the past. And it sort affected him by meeting Anna, which if I think about it, it was Anna of the future that sort of helped triggered the series of events (or I might just analyzing it too much). But it then shows one small event can affect another one. And regardless how little it is, something will change in the outcome.
There’s this moment with Anna that irked me a bit when he asked Bennett to use his ability to save her friend. Even though Bennett told her that he doesn’t want to disrupt the natural flow of things. I mean it was selfish of her. While I do understand Anna but I wouldn’t risk it, things are supposed to happen that way. That is why things happen for a reason. There’s a reason why you decide to wear your flat shoes instead of you jimmy choo because you are fated to walk miles and miles. While the comparison was lame, but I do believe you get my point.
I’m glad that Anna sorted it out in the end. I finally found out what letter meant when she handed it to the future, 2012 version Bennett. I’m glad that she decided to try to move on. I didn’t particularly see that they found out a way to be together. But I think it’s just a temporary arrangement hence the sequel.
Preview Quote: He loves me. He wants to stay with me. I can’t completely process either idea, but I feel light-headed from all of the hope that’s surging through my veins. — Anna