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.
(Summary from GoodReads)
As far as adult novels go, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger remains very popular, so it seemed only a matter of time before a YA version of that story was released. I read Time Between Us in November, just as winter was starting to set in, and it was the perfect time to do so. If you’re looking for a sweet time travel romance, buy yourself a latte and curl up with Time Between Us.
I was easily pulled in by Time Between Us. Stone does an excellent job of pacing her novel. Plot twists are revealed at all the right moments and the romance keeps the reader turning the pages. Meanwhile, she still manages to fill the pages with lush descriptions of various locations that never slow the book down. I will warn you all now that the main character drinks lots of lattes, hence my recommendation that you acquire one to read with this book.
Speaking of our main character, Tamara Ireland Stone cheated by giving Anna a trait that I always find endearing. Anna was a runner, and as someone who runs (and actually completed a sprint triathlon earlier this year), I appreciated that. Bennett made for a sweet love interest as well. While neither of them were standouts for me, I liked them both enough that I want to see where their story picks up in the next book.
The time travel aspect of this novel was decent, albeit imperfect. There were some elements that didn’t mesh well, or weren’t as nicely explained as they could’ve been. While I’ve seen time travel done better, I’ve also seen it done much, much worse, so I think readers who are less picky than I am will be happy with it.
Time Between Us will be popular among YA readers who love romance. It wasn’t perfect, but the atmosphere was nicely set and my issues with the book were few and far between. Stone is an author I’ll want to read more of whether it’s in romance or another genre.
Disclosure: I picked up an ARC of this book at ALA 2012.