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The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance

3.21  ·  Rating details ·  185 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Elias Caldwell needs more than his life in nineteenth-century England has to offer. He'd rather go on an adventure than spend one more minute at some stuffy party. When his grandfather gives him a pocket watch he claims can transport him to any place and time, Elias doesn't believe it...until he's whisked away to twenty-first-century America.

Tyler Forrester just wants to f
ebook, 224 pages
Published March 4th 2019 by Entangled Publishing LLC (Teen)
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I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

When I heard about the premise of this book I just knew that I had to read it. Time travelling gays from Victorian England? Hell yes.

The book is narrated in a dual POV: Tyler, a 21st century bisexual boy who wants to be a filmmaker, and Elias, who was born in the 19th century and has a hard time finding a sense of belonging in his Victorian Lond
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nineteenth century meets the modern world.

Elias Caldwell doesn’t fit into his nineteenth-century life. He wants things he shouldn’t and he feels something is missing. He watches the people around him find their place but his talent is hidden. After an argument with his parents, Elias discovers his grandfathers old pocket watch gives him the escape he desires. He is transported from England to America. The century is now the twenty-first. The world is so different and with it comes a whole new se
im very very very sad that i didnt like it because hey! it's a time travel story! i have been stanning doctor who for 13 years now, if something has time travel in it? IM IN. not only it's time travel but it's also GAY time travel which instantly gets more points from me (#makeverythinggay2k19)

my biggest problem with this is that it was kind of insta-lovey. we have two main characters and one of their earliest reaction is to say how they're attracted to the opposite character when you know......
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Time travel gay character? I’m in.

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I did not know what to expect of this read. I hadn’t read anything by this author before and I can say that now that I know what to expect I will definitely be looking forward for more books of her’s.
This was a funny, sweet, short, very well writing time travel romance.

But do not go into this book expecting to much deep and slow-burn. Everything happens fast. Still enjoyable for a l
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Rep: bi mc, gay mc, black side character

The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance was probably up there among my most anticipated reads for this year. I mean, what's not to love about the premise - gay characters, time travel. Unfortunately, it more than disappointed me.

I'll start with a quick overview of the plot: Elias' grandfather hands him a watch that lets him travel back in time. Elias uses said watch, thinking only of wanting to get as far away
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

I want to thank NetGalley and Entangled: Teen for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

Oh wow, that was such a lovely story, I enjoyed it. Plots that include time travel themes are usually my favorite thing and this has given me a really entertaining plot with honest and funny characters


3.5/5 Stars

You can find this one and more of my reviews on my blog A Book. A Thought.

The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance is a fun and sweet story about a romance between two boys fr
Luupi "The Reading Queen"
"That's one of the things I really like about you. Everything through your eyes is magical."

This is the second book I've read from Madeline and it definitely won't be the last one. The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance is one of those books that at the end of each chapter you just want to continue reading because everything is so interesting and engaging.

This book has two points of view, one of them is the boy from the 1800s called Elias. He's definitely my favorite character of them all.
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Rep: bi main character, gay main character, m/m romance

I received an arc from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review

This book was a load of cute. That’s the best way to describe it. It’s quick and easy to read and the characters are extremely likeable. It was a short and kind of predictable in the best way.

I liked both Eli and Tyler a lot. They were both likeable characters. Their romance was really cute too. It was intere
Laura (thebookcorps)
If you're looking for something quick and easy and gay, definitely pick up this book. It was enjoyable for the most part, but it was nothing really special.

The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance is about a bisexual boy named Tyler who is an amateur filmmaker. He sees the world through his camera lens and only really has two friends who he is close to, although he wishes he could be close to others. The second main character is Elias, a boy from the 19th century who manages to time travel t
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I've had this book on my radar ever since I finished reading Madeline's debut novel, Illusions. Illusions actually made it to my Top 18 in 2018 bookish list, so I had very high hopes for this one. I was expecting a lot of Sci-Fi and Time Travel themes to be integrated throughout the story, but it ended up making only about 30% of the story. Most of which happened towards the end of the second half of the book.

Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the characters and the historical fiction
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I was hooked with the synopsis of this book. Seriously, time travel/lgbt YA story? Yes, please.

From the beginning, this book was so easy to read. It was fast-paced and the romance in it was really cute! I wish it would have been even more developed (the 'i love you' part kinda felt rushed) but that's okay, I didn't mind a bit of insta-love.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I hope you will too. However, just because it's labelled as 'historical fiction' doesn't mean the story is
Faith Simon
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was given an advanced copy of this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Although this book is relatively short (I went through it all in one 3 hour sitting) it packs quite the punch, emotionally speaking. From the synopsis, I knew that I just had to read this book. Despite how short in length, this doesn't take away from the fact that it feels as though it was a fully-lengthed story, with high stakes and things to lose, like any other typical story.
This book is well paced, t
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

Ok, so while I thought the story was kind of cute, I thought a book with the word romance in the title might be a little more, well, romantic. Eli and Ty had their moments sure, but I didn't really get they whys of their love I suppose? Maybe I felt like things were too rushed as well, although the ending makes you realize they have all of the future together (literally, with the time travelling and all) I think I wanted t
nemo the emo ☠️ (pagesandprozac)
(dnf at 10%)

we're just not vibin', and because of the quite frankly gargantuan reading slump i'm currently in, i cba to perservere. i'm a handful of years older than YA's demographic now, which means it's really hard to please me - i won't write off YA as a genre because i've still found some gems, but the majority of them just seem juvenile to me now.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2019-reads, lgbtq
This book is so innocently sweet! Is that a thing? I don’t know.

“The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance” sees Elias who is a hot mess and on the verge of being sent away to a reform school where he can no longer embarrass his parents when his grandfather gives him a pocket watch that allows him to travel through time. In present day Tyler is a normal student who wants nothing more than to feel like he belongs and more importantly to share his life with someone when Elias drops into his lap
Shirley Cuypers
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-beta, 2019

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This book was provided by the publisher through Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Entangled Teen and Chapter by Chapter!

The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance
tells the story of Elias and Tyler, two boys who both want to feel wanted.

When I first read the synopsis, I knew that I had to give this book a try. Time travelling is always interesting to read about, especially when the author wrote about two boys liking each other. I always love re
Nathan Bartos
I received a free eARC of this book from Entangled Publishing through Netgalley. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I don't have a ton of experience in the time travel genre (as far as I can remember, the only book I've read with time travel is the Once a Witch duology. However, this still felt like it didn't stick out in the genre or rise above what I'm sure is an expansive collection of other books with time travel.
I do have to credit the book f
“That’s one of the things I really like about you. Everything through your eyes is magical.”

Thank you to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for providing me with a digital Arc in exchange for an honest Review! All quotes featured are from the Arc and therefore subject to changes.

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When it comes to my enjoyment The Time Traveler’s Guide definitely delivered! ⌛ I had a lot of fun reading about Elias’ adventures in the modern time with Tyler and felt like this was suc
this was short, fun, and ultimately unmemorable. I don't really think this book is super high quality, but that said, if you want something light and quick and cute? it's worth a read ...more
Jessica ☢ Spartan Ranger
"The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance", M. J. Reynolds (2019): 4.0 Stars.

Elias Caldwell was at the place between his fourth and fifth glass of wine where the room started to tilt and the other guests seemed at least slightly less condescending. He made a straight line - or what felt like a straight line - for Peter Illingsworth. The guest of honor [...] Tyler Forrester framed the shot, hit records, and scanned his surroundings. His camera lens - the lens through which he viewed the wor
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Entangled Publishing, LLC.

Elias Caldwell has never felt accepted in nineteenth-century England. The more pressure his parents put on him, the more he acts out, until they threaten to send him away. When his grandfather offers him a pocket watch that can transport him through space and time, Elias thinks it must be a fairytale– until he finds himself on the campus of a prep school in twenty-first century America. As the only out bis
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Going in to The Time Traveler’s Guide to Romance, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I don’t read a lot of romance or sci-if but I was pleasantly surprised.

The story of Elias and Tyler is sugary sweet and completely adorable. I really loved the author’s ability to craft a dialogue between these two people. All of the best moments in this book are those where the characters are being vulnerable with each other. The story really soars
Candyce Kirk
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I have to start off by saying that I love this cover! Purple is my favorite, so it definitely caught my eye, but I love the two characters in the pocket watch. If I saw this cover in the bookstore I would definitely pick it up to see what it was about!

The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance is a cute story and I read it in one day! The author's writing is really smooth and I flew right through it. I loved that this book was told through two POVs, Elias and Tyler! As I've said in other review
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

Title: The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance
Author: Madeline J. Reynolds
Genre: YA, Sci-fi romance 
My Rating: 4 stars
Representation in this book: bi and gay main characters, black side character, two lesbian side characters. 

This was such a fun, lighthearted read. The type of book that you can immerse yourself in, a book filled with romance, magic and adventure. 

Told through the dual perspective of our two main characte
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was so cute and sweet omg it's been ages since I finished a book this fast!!!


I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley and the review was also posted on my blog Tecsielity.

I think I saw a tweet about this book and the description sounded so fun I just ran off to request it on Netgalley immediately. Then one sleepless night I started reading it and was only supposed to read one chapter, but maybe six more happened and I made it to like 23%… Then the next night I rea
Mar 01, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt
Short and sweet. I’ll leave it at that. Nothing really much to say about it because it wasn’t an amazing story nor was it amazing writing. The story fell flat in the end. It was just okay. 2.75 - 3 ⭐️.
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

"The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance" is a light, fluffy read that follows Elias Caldwell from the 1800s and Tyler Forrester in the present. After a series of mistakes, Elias's parents are not going to let him attend college- the time he was very much looking forward to- and instead want to send him to a reformatory school. When he goes to his grandfather, his grandfather reveals that he has a special watch which can allow one to travel through space and time (a hand-held Tardis
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt
2.5 stars. I really, really wish I would have liked this book more. It had such potential. A gay time-traveling love story. What's not to like? Unfortunately this book just fell flat in just about everything.

Elias and Tyler were just not fleshed out. I didn't care about either of them. I didn't care if they got together. There was not emotional attachment to either of them. They were supposedly in love with each other, but outside of the author saying they were in love I couldn't really tell. Th
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The title is pretty self-explanatory for what this book is about. Elias wants to escape his lackluster life in nineteenth-century England, and his grandfather supplies him with just the thing to help: a pocket watch which gives the owner the ability to time travel.

This book was fun. It was a fast read with a light enough plot to bring me out of a funk after some more emotionally draining reads. The idea behind the story was super intriguing, but the execution left a little something to be desir
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!!!!
Shelves: read-in-2019, arc
e-arc provided by netgalley and the lovely publisher for providing this copy in exchange for an honest review

4,5 / 5
Oh my, this was one of my favourite arcs i have read! It was really interesting and fun and adorable! The book was published in the beginning of the month, so i know i'm a bit behind, but i'm still happy i picked it up!
The characters and the relationship between the boys was really adorable and fun and omggg. It was ideal for me to just get back into the physical reading (or like r
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