Review: Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Series: Time Between Us #1
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: October 9, 2012
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction
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. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads)
You Had Me At “Travel Through Time”…
Seriously. I LOVE time travel. I love the show Doctor Who and The Prisoner of Azkaban was my favorite Harry Potter book. You say the words “time travel” and I’m hooked.
And Time Between Us was a great time travel book. I love the limits to Bennett’s time travel, and I love that there are consequences every time anyone time travels, and I love that there’s always the possibility that he’ll be thrown back into his own time.
And I love that this book takes place in 1995. I was 15 in 1995, so I was listening to the same music as Anna and doing the same things she was doing at that time. And, I don’t mean to name-drop or whatever, but I met Tamara Ireland Stone when I went to the Austin Teen Book Festival last year and she and I had a discussion about time travel, and how her characters don’t go very far back in time. I think she said that she asked herself what time she’d go to if she could time travel, and she thought she’d go back and relive some of her favorite moments of her life, and that’s why she decided to make Bennett only travel so far back in time. (Don’t quote me on that, though. I was fangirling pretty hard at the time, so I might have that wrong.)
Girl Power and Awesome Parents…
I really loved Anna. And Bennett, and Justin and Emma. But I loved how Anna wasn’t the type of girl to be okay with her love interest just popping into her bedroom at night. And she totally called him out on another thing he had done which was a big no-no. I was reading and I found myself saying, “Yes! This is how it should go!”
And I loved Anna’s father. He knew that she wanted to travel and so he made her a huge map for her wall so she could put pins in all the places she traveled. And there was a really great scene between Anna, Bennett, and Anna’s parents that I really loved. Yea for great parents in YA books!
I’m going to do my “Great Quotes” section a little different this time, because I have little notes that go with my favorite quotes from Time Between Us.
I loved this line in Anna’s narration: “I make a weird gesture, as if I know the universal sign for time travel.” It is just so funny and it reminds me of my best friend from college and how we would make some kind of ridiculous gesture and then say, “Yeah, that’s the universal sign for it.”
And I really could relate to these lines of Anna’s narration: “I feel the tears start to well up and I fight, with everything I have, to keep them locked behind a wall where they can’t do any permanent damage. If I cry now, he’ll think I’m sad. But I’m not–I’m furious.” I HATE crying when I’m mad, because I really do feel like some people might take it as me being sad or overemotional. So I totally know what Anna means here.
And another couple of great lines that I just had to add: “The scratches on his face and body may be superficial, but they make him look like a porcelain doll that’s been dropped on the floor and put back together. I’m pretty sure the glue’s not yet dry.”
My rating for Time Between Us, by Tamara Ireland Stone:
5 huge stars. Mrs. Stone is one of the nicest people I’ve met, and she has written a wonderful book. She deserves all the accolades she has surely received from this novel. I can’t wait to read more from her in the future!