I passed over these series as a child, although I remember wanting to know what the hype was about. I finally picked up this first book and gave it aI passed over these series as a child, although I remember wanting to know what the hype was about. I finally picked up this first book and gave it a try. I'll just come out and say it: I was almost annoyed with how bored I was reading this. I'm really confused as to why it was such a big deal! It felt like a short story! I've read a lot of children's books and none of them felt this...lackluster in regards to the content inside the story. I'm not saying I disliked the characters or the events. Those were fine. It felt like someone had the plot outline and then just turned that in as the book. There didn't seem to be much detail or emotion even in any situation in the book. It was like every third sentence had been chopped from the book. Kids are not complete idiots. They can deal with more detail or momentous situations. I'm going to keep reading the series in the second book and see if my opinion changes. I really hope it does change upon further reading....more
I've heard about this book for years and always dismissed it as a "romance" novel, with the same classification as the bodice ripping covers I'd seenI've heard about this book for years and always dismissed it as a "romance" novel, with the same classification as the bodice ripping covers I'd seen at the library and used book stores all throughout childhood. I've even read a few in my preteen years and didn't give them much weight besides a way to pass the summer weekdays. I've also stumbled upon the movie version of this story and changed the channel after taking a moment to stare adoringly at Rachel McAdams a time or two. I can't tell you what made me finally pick up this book at the library. I think sometimes I have such a hard time finding something that I want to read that I just grab a few titles that look familiar and hope for a quick and entertaining couple of hours. This book was instead long, and heartbreaking. I read it over the course of a week of baths in our freezing bathroom, refusing to get out until the water heater refused to add more hot water and the shampoo had started to re-freeze on its shelf. I expected to be a little more creeped out by the relationship's premise of a grown man becoming the one true love of a child. Instead I loved Henry's own growing in reverse as he met and lost Claire as she matured.
There are many spoilery moments I don't want to ruin, but I'd say I was more than pleasantly surprised to find a wonderful story about relationships and time travel and depression and happiness....more
I think I read this book because I really enjoyed the first one. I have been wanting to find more fantastical young adult fiction to read and this wasI think I read this book because I really enjoyed the first one. I have been wanting to find more fantastical young adult fiction to read and this was close to what I wanted. However I think this is the book where I realized that Tally wasn't actually becoming any more likable to me and she didn't seem to really be growing as a person. I also didn't care much about any romances or friendships between the characters. I stuck it out and finished the trilogy.
I will give it props for the discussion of what makes us different and what beauty means to us. Reading this as a "grownup" definitely makes me feel more insightful and I think it's a good book to couch these themes for teens wondering how they look and if it really matters.