Review: Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stoneon January 16th, 2013
Title: Time Between Us
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Published: October 9, 2012
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Series: Stand Alone
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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.
-sigh- You know that feeling you get after reading certain books, where you don’t even want to start another book because you just want to bask in the afterglow and maybe do a little daydreaming about it? Yeah, Time Between Us was like that for me. I loved it!!
First of all, I can’t even express how much I love time travel. Movies, television shows, books… I love it all. As much as I love it, I’m kind of picky about it because I hate when there are inconsistencies. Let’s face it, inconsistencies in a time travel story are way too easy to make. So it is great when I find one that is complex, well thought out, and consistent. Time Between Us was all of that, plus so much more. What can I say, I’m secretly a sucker for a beautiful love story.
Bennett, 17, is from the year 2012, and Anna, 16, is from the year 1995. I loved Anna so much. She’s smart, athletic (I have a major soft spot and respect for runners), works at her family’s bookstore, and is just one of those characters that are easy to like. Anna dreams of seeing the world and having a “daring adventure.” Bennett can time travel, and when he goes back to 1995 to find someone, he meets Anna. I loved Bennett too. He has a 2012 shaggy haired skateboarder style, so I thought it was funny when Anna and her friends would make comments and tease him about it. Speaking of friends… I adored Emma, or as Anna’s dad calls her “Anna’s Brit.” She had the best personality, and it cracked me up how she’d always pinch Anna’s cheeks. I loved her protectiveness and assertiveness.
Time Between Us did it all for me, taking me through many emotions. Believe it or not, I actually love when a book can get me to cry. However, this book didn’t make me cry out of sadness…. well, maybe some, but it was mostly a mixture of sadness and happiness. It’s hard to explain without giving spoilers, so I’ll just say that I love when a character finds that inner-strength and has those moments of self-discovery and growth. Sometimes it just makes me so damn happy and emotional. There are also plenty of sweet moments between Anna and Bennett that forced me to smile. A lot. My face was sore by the time I finished the book.
I loved the entire story that unfolded, but I do wish a certain something would have been answered. It’s nothing that’s detrimental to the story, but it was the whole reason he was there in 1995, so a little explanation would have been nice. Other than that, I’m so in love with this book. I’m not a reread type of person, but Time Between Us is one of very few I’d like to reread. I can’t wait to read what Tamara writes next.