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review Background: Anna is from 1995 Chicago, leads a normal life, and runs in her spare time, but she really dreams of traveling the world someday. Bennett is from 2012 San Francisco and he has a unique gift, he can travel through time to any location. While traveling, Bennett meets Anna and they hit it off, and when he decides to stay in 1995 with her, things start to go wrong.
Review: What a beautiful story. Time Between Us is a wonderfully written book about teenagers, love, experiences, and independence. But more so, about coming to terms with your independence and living your life to the fullest. I loved this book. I have owned an ARC for quite sometime but had not picked it up, then I got an audiobook copy and started to listen to it....I was blown away! I can't believe I took so long to start this book, because I am super impressed by it.
Anna is independent and a well rounded character, and even as she starts to change because of Bennett's entry into the story, she changes for the better at times. I am excited to say that Bennett is not the cliche bad boy, but is instead a sweet kid who seems a bit lost in his life... and who can blame him, he can go anywhere at any time, how does he have a normal life?
I was impressed on all fronts be this beautifully written book and cannot wait to pass it on for others to experience too.
I picked this up because someone told me it was The Time Traveler's Wife for YA and I have been in the mood for a really swoony, moving romance for awhile now. And this one held its ground and certainly lived up to all the hype that it has gotten.
Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet. They're from two different times, but couldn't be more of the same person. As their relationship deepens, Anna learns that he possess a unique and thrilling ability, he can time travel. From there, their relationship takes off on a very emotional journey.
What I loved most about the book was the way the author presented Bennett's gift. She made Bennett space it out to Anna and he explained it in depth. I didn't feel as if there was an info dump and I wasn't confused when he did it. This is a problem with most YA books that have extraordinary gift or creatures.
Another thing I loved, was the characters. Anna was a strong and driven female protagonist who handled everything in a very grown up manner. There were very few tears that she shed and throughout her story and that in itself is a very rare feat. Then there's Bennett.... I loved him dearly. He makes for a very swoon worthy character and it is very easy to see how much he cares for Anna. I also loved one of the lesser main characters, Emma. She was funny and I could easily hear her accent in my mind every time I read "Hello love."
Lastly, I just want to say Stone's writing style is amazing. I connected to every piece of the story. During the "hospital" scene, I found myself crying buckets and every time they were in Spanish class I felt like I was attending the class with them.
Stone took the "time" (no pun intended lol) to fine tune every detail and create a very moving, detail driven story. Time Between Us is a tale of love, family, and friends and is a must read for everyone!
*Edit* Is there any chance of getting a story from Bennett's POV? Because seeing him as he actually time travels would be very intriguing...
Also posted at my blog: http://perrytheplatypus1102-3daydreamer3.blogspot.com/2012/11/book-review-time-between-us-by-tamara.html
I received an ARC(Uncorrected Proof) of the Doubleday edition of this book from Random House U.K in exchange for an honest review.
Recommended to fans of contemporary romance,Nicholas Sparks and The Time Traveller's Wife.(Not necessarily in that order,since I'd suggest other readers to give this book a chance as well.)
Please note that even though I recommended this book to fans of Nicholas Sparks and The Time Traveller's Wife I have not yet read any of Nicholas Sparks' books nor watched The Time Traveller's Wife(yet). The first recommendation was there on the back of my ARC and the second one was by my contact from Random House U.K.
But moving on,Time Between Us is one of the very few contemporaries which I've actually enjoyed reading.I always try to steer clear of contemporaries,since I'm more of a dystopian and sci-fi lover but I've heard so many good reviews about this one that I decided to give it a shot.And yes,I am really glad that I read this because,honestly,this is one of the sweetest stories I've ever read.And after finishing the entire book in one sitting,I really felt like hugging my contact at Random House U.K for sending this book into my life.Sure, I may not be much of a romantic girl,to be honest I really don't get a single thing about romance,but this book was able to shimmy into my heart and I felt like I finally found my romantic side after all,even though I'm only fifteen and I'm sure I still have a lot of time left to find my romantic side.LoL!
I loved the author's character build-up,world building....everything!!!The story was wonderfully written and really easy to get into,which makes it a good book for impatient readers like me as well.The relationship between Anna and Bennett started out with ins-ta-love but that did not bother me at all since it was all so sweet.It had those heart-breaking climaxes but I promise you that the places where your heart broke will be mended in the end.To be honest,I found Anna to be a bit naggy at the beginning and was more eager to see everything from Bennett's P.O.V but that feeling eventually went away as the story progressed.But I definitely found Bennett to be a much more admirable character of the two.Time Between Us is a book that I'll definitely keep holding on to and who knows?Maybe I'll start reading more contemporaries and finally start borrowing some of those Nicholas Sparks books from my classmates.
Time Between Us had me from hello. A girl falling for a boy she shouldn't met, but totally making it work. I loved the synopsis, and the first chapter/prologue thingy drew me in. I wanted to know what led them to that place, what the letter said, and more about the circumstances.
Anna is a great narrator, and I really could feel myself in her head. She has a great voice, and I felt like I was living her story with her, getting caught up in her emotions and feeling what she does for Bennett, the confusion, the attraction and the mystery surrounding their meeting and interactions.
Bennett is equal parts charming and frustrating, but I can totally understand where both come from as I get to know him, and more about his ability.
I think that everything wrapped up pretty well, though there were a few elements that I would've liked explored more, especially how everything concluded with his sister. I also wanted more from Emma and Justin, they were great secondary characters, and I loved the friendship between Anna and Emma.
There were also a few things that I didn't quite understand about how exactly Bennett could travel, but for me, that didn't take away from the story at all.
I do appreciate how the story explored and talked about the consequences of actions. That you never know how one little thing can change so much. When you are messing with time, that is the biggest thing, and I think that Tamara Stone handled it well. I also appreciate how Anna learned to make choices for herself and as hard as it is, separate from Bennett. I think all too often as ladies, we can get so wrapped up in the guy that we love that we have a hard time making decisions truly for ourselves. I think it is a great message and that was an amazing character growth to watch.
Bottom line: Enjoyable story and sweet love story.