Title: Time Between Us

Duology: Time Between Us, Book 1

Author: Tamara Ireland Stone ♥ @tamaraistone

Published: October 9, 2012

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Pages: 368

Source: purchased

Summary from Goodreads: 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.

Average Goodreads Rating (as of 08/27/2013): 3.88

  • Christina thought this title was like The Time Traveler’s Wife, except not as heavy and for young adults. It goes on her 2nd shelf!

Initial Thoughts and Rating: 4 stars! This was very much the cute young adult contemporary romance read I was looking for, except it had a bit of time travel thrown in for a little extra fun! I liked the two MC’s and getting transported back in time by mentions of music that I grew up with, though I was actually only 9 years old in 1995.

The Lowdown: Anna lives in Chicago and the year is 1995. Bennett is from San Francisco and the year is 2012. Under normal circumstances, the likelihood of these two ever knowing one another is slim, but with sixteen years and a continent separating them, the actuality of them ever falling in love is even slimmer. But Bennett isn’t your average guy because he has the ability to  travel through time and space, though it does have its limitations. So, however unlikely, these two meet and an relationship takes form. They vow to take it for what it is and enjoy the time they have together, no matter how brief, but when a traumatic event occurs, they decide to push the boundaries of Bennett’s ability and hope it doesn’t push back.

My Thoughts: My KP,  Stacefrom the wonderfully fabulous Adventures of a Book Junkie, has been pushing me to read this book for forever. (Be warned, Bennett is hers, she has proof.) So, when I got approved for the companion novel from NetGalley, I thought it was the perfect time to start it. I should have known from her insistence that I was in for a good read, but I think I maybe ended up liking it a little more than I originally thought I would. (Which I really should have known, Stacee’s smart like that.)

There were a few things that I liked about the story, but I have to say that the biggest are the characters themselves and the different paths that they’re on, but how easily the converge to become one. Anna is a girl dedicated to a life of ordinary and routine but dreams of spontaneity and adventure filled with worldly travels, and someone I can easily identify with throughout the book. Her parents are wonderfully normal and supportive– such a nice addition to the story, might I add– and she has a nice animated British friend, Emma, who came to life on every page. Her world is enriched with great music and books, and I felt like I was a part of her story from early on. When she meets Bennett, a shy charming boy who tends to distance himself from people, it’s easy to see why she finds him so intriguing. But soon she learns his secrets and we’re swept away- sometimes quite literally- in their whirlwind romance, and I found myself hoping against hope and pushing away all my doubts that they would find a way to be together no matter what.

Swoons: Of course there are swoons, pretties! It’s a romance of a girl who dreams about traveling and a boy that can hold her hand and take her anywhere. Quite the swoony book, indeed.

♥ Swoony Teaser:

“When I’m here, we both have the lives we want- you have your daring adventure and I have my perfectly acceptable nothing. And more important, we have each other.

“Now, there’s your postcard. I expect you to write this all down.” I slide him a new one and smile, but I’m only half kidding.

He continues as if I never interrupted. “I don’t think I can go back to a life without you.”

My face goes blank and I just stare at him. “What are you saying?”

“I’m saying . . . I’m completely in love with you. And I guess I’m wondering . . . what if I didn’t leave, after all?”

Verdict: If you’re looking for a sweet YA contemporary romance that’s a quick read with a little something extra in it that’s built around lively characters and an easily imagined setting, then give this one a go. Although this title can be read as a stand-alone, I’m very much looking forward to the companion novel in Bennett’s POV, Time After Time. I’m not quite ready to let these two and their love affair go just yet.

Also? Pretty cover is pretty.

Full of giggles, flails, snark and Southern endearments. Avid Reader. Lover of swoony boys, kickass heroines, yummy kissing scenes, and pretty prose.

I like to draw hearts in the sky (eternal optimist) and wish on stars (forever dreamer). Documentaries, sweet tea, sleep, and brightly colored knee-socks are a few of my favorite things. ♥

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