Blurb (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.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Source: I borrowed a copy of this book.)
16-year-old Anna loves running and wants to see the world, and when she meets Bennett Cooper she knows one other thing – she wants him.
Bennett behaves oddly though. At times it’s like he already knows her, then other times he looks at her like he’s never seen her before in his life.
When Anna’s father’s book store is robbed though, Bennett does something amazing; he appears in the store, grabs her hands, and suddenly they are in the park – Bennett has somehow teleported them out of the shop.
When Bennett begins to explain his ‘gifts’ to Anna though, she discovers that he can do so much more than just move between places, he can also move between times.
Bennett is looking for his sister who he lost because of a jump that he shouldn’t have attempted, but as soon as he finds her he’ll be going back – to the year 2012.
Is it possible for Anna and Bennett to have a real relationship? What does the future hold for them? And will time ultimately come between them?
This was a great YA time-travel story, that reminded me a bit of ‘The Time Traveller’s Wife’.
Anna and Bennett were both great characters, and they were so sweet together. This story had got a real Romeo and Juliet, forbidden love sort of feel to it, and it felt so unjust that Anna and Bennett would be separated by something that they couldn’t overcome – Time.
I liked the mystery within the storyline of this book. Mystery over the first time that Anna and Bennett met, mystery over what Bennett’s ‘gifts’ were, and mystery over where the story would take us next. I also loved the mystery of what the future held for the pair of them as a couple, considering the fact that Bennett had travelled 17 years back in time to meet Anna!
I loved the questions over whether changing things would cause a butterfly effect, and I also loved how much Bennett risked and sacrificed to show Anna how much he loved her. That being said, I think more could have been made of the ‘butterfly effect’ storyline. Did Bennett not think that him going back in time 17 years and starting a relationship with Anna would cause any sort of impact? If something so small can change so much, then surely a whole person living 17 years in the past will cause many changes. And what if he causes a paradox and ends up never being born? What will happen when he gets to his true birthday, will he disappear? Will he have to start over? Will everything be erased? If he stays in the past will he age or will he continue to look 17?
I think I let this book get away with a lot of these questions because I enjoyed the story, but like a lot of time-travel stories there were way too many questions not answered, and things not considered that should have been considered. Ultimately this makes Bennett look a bit selfish – spending time in 1995 to be with Anna when he could be causing catastrophic changes to the time line. Why is it not okay to stop a car accident, but it is okay to live 17 years in the past?
Anyway, I loved the underlying messages of this book about living your life for you, and doing things that you want to do when the opportunity arises, which I suppose was the point of the story.
I was really worried about how this one would end though, I had this horrible feeling that it wouldn’t have a happy ending, and although this was proved wrong, I’m still worrying about what will happen to this pair, even now that the book has ended! Think I will definitely be reading the second book in this series!
Overall; a great YA time-travel romance.
7.25 out of 10.