October 10, 2013

Review: Time After Time

Title: ‘Time After Time’
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Pages: 368 pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Available: NOW from your local bookstore or library
Source: requested from Netgalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

Calling Anna and Bennett’s romance long distance is an understatement: she’s from 1995 Chicago and he’s a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn't. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds.

It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work...until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn't want?

Told from Bennett’s point of view, Time After Time will satisfy readers looking for a fresh, exciting, and beautifully-written love story, both those who are eager to find out what’s next for Time Between Us's Anna and Bennett and those discovering their story for the first time.

My Thoughts:

This book gives me a lot of feels. I mean, how can two people keep their love going when time is their enemy?

In this sequel, Stone delivers a solid story. It was reminiscent of Gayle Foreman’s ‘Where She Went’ in the feel, pace, and development.

Experiencing life and travel and love from Bennett’s point of view was a win for me because I enjoyed reading the world from his eyes. It seems as if it is up to Bennett to keep the love alive because he is the one who can travel, but what happens when his abilities become spotty and his misses some of Anna’s most cherished moments? Can he keep this going—or is it time for him to set her free for a bright future with another?

On the page, Anna and Bennett are electric, and they are one of my favorite YA couples. Stone writes their story with so much care. I mean, how can an author create a love story with characters from two different times? This is what draws me to the story—and what keeps me turning the page. I am completely invested in the story, and in Anna and Bennett. Is it wrong that I want to give them a “celebrity” nickname like Bennanna?

But seriously, Stone gives a strong development to Bennett. Readers experience his interactions with his parents, his sister, and his grandmother. These relationships remind readers that he is more than just the other half of Anna.

But, Anna is the one who has his heart.

Readers will experience a Bennett who is torn, not only about Anna but also about keeping the truth from his parents about his travels—and the truth from his grandmother about his true identity.

This story steps beyond just a love between Anna and Bennett. It steps into the realm of familial love, and loyalty, and doing what is right for all involved. 

Anna and Bennett will steal your heart—and your time because you will not want to put this down.

What YA couple have you read lately that really struck a chord in your heart?

Comment below and let’s talk about books.

Happy Reading!

-      The Hodgenator

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