Saturday, November 3, 2012

Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

Time Between Us
Good Reads Summary
Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

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.

My Thoughts
My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

One of my earliest movie memories is of Alfre Woodard going “Look at my butt! Look at my butt!” as she proved what an airhead some other character’s past girlfriend was. While likely not an accurate memory of a scene out of Body and Souls, I look back on that movie with a fondness. It was my first older person movie that I watched pretending not to be too into it since it was my mother’s pick. Perhaps it was the whole look at my butt thing that piqued at me, (scandalous I thought how an older person could be so silly!) OK, it really was that exact scene, but my memories of the movie are a mixed bag of the sweet, silly, stupidly funny and highly romantic… all such descriptive that bring me to the matter at hand: TIME BETWEEN US was all that.

Having read a more than a handful of time travel love story things, one would think the same thing could turn old; surprisingly, I don’t feel that way for this one! Mainly because it wasn’t all flash; it’s but more quiet somehow. Less about the science fiction-y part of things with mentions of butterfly effect, I appreciated that it doesn’t go over board in the explaining, in fact, that’s barely even scratched. This? This is all about connections as well as choices being made:

So, sure Anna could get a little contradictory; and sure all that secret keeping on Bennett’s part is what messed things up… but overall, I bought the connection in the making between the two. Unlike THROUGH TO YOU that tries for a similar vibe, this one actually succeeds in blending what’s romantic and sweet and mysterious snagging my curiosity instead of putting me in the “I am confused mode.” Splitting the time between 1995 then 2012, isn’t the main thing too; more like: it’s Anna learning what she wants and choosing to go after whatever what that happens to be. And then later it’s about being disappointed, about accepting certain consequences, and eventually about doing things for yourself.  So that the when isn’t really that big a deal, but what is?

Here, it’s the connections made and the sweetness that’s allowed to happen. 

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