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The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
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Feb 18, 2009

liked it
bookshelves: seen-the-movie, recommended, borrowed
Recommended to Laura by: Jenny
Read in February, 2009

** spoiler alert ** I wanted to love this book because the premise was so intriguing, but I ended up having the same complaints that others on this site had which for me, has overruled the positives of the story.

What I did like:
The set-up of the book...the beginning of the sections saying whose point of view is being told, the listing of the date and the ages of the characters. It was interesting how she tied all of the time trips together, I give the author kudos for that. I thought the idea of making the time traveling a genetic disease was pretty neat...the author did a fair job of making it realistic, too.

What I didn't like:
I had a difficult time liking the characters...Henry seems like such an ass as a young man and we're just supposed to believe he ends up good because he's going to marry Clare? I didn't see any development on that one. Oh yeah, of course she's beautiful. Actually, it seems that everyone in the book was beautiful, at least physically. Gomez is a pretty horrible guy, but he somehow ends up being Henry's best friend? Didn't quite get that one either. As with a lot of the other reviews I read, the list making got very annoying. Oooh, Henry is recounting the history of punk to a wannabe...isn't he so hip? My final complaint is the amount of sex in the book...I'm no prude and I love the occasional bodice ripper, but their relationship seemed based more on the physical than the sustaining.

In retrospect, I don't regret reading the book and I also enjoyed the movie, but I didn't feel compelled to keep the book for rereading.

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Jenny ouch!

Laura Sorry, I know you love this book.

Jenny Though I do..I understand why other people don't.

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