I'll skip the little blurb because, apparently, everyone can do it better. And frankly, I'm afraid of giving something away. There's a lot to give awaI'll skip the little blurb because, apparently, everyone can do it better. And frankly, I'm afraid of giving something away. There's a lot to give away.
The premise Interesting. I have seen time travel done before, namely with The Time Traveler's Wife, but I appreciated the fact that this one was written to teenagers. The shift in responsibilities and viewpoints is nice, and much more relatable. At first, I have to admit I was a bit confused, and then a bit frustrated as I couldn't get a real, firm grasp on what was going on, and then finally intrigued. This book definitely matures as it goes.
The characters A nice blend of static (unchanging, constant) and dynamic (changing, developed), I would say. Some characters are more cliches than others, but overall, they were relatable. We get to see different sides of different people, in a way that it's terribly insightful, but also not forced. Bennett was lovable at some points and despicable at others, but Ireland Stone does a wonderful job at personifying him to the point where his actions all make sense, even if we don't necessarily agree.
The setting This is tricky. The hometown is small and quaint, on the East Coast of the United States. It's nothing extraordinary, but somehow still manages to be the right backdrop for the book. I would have liked to see more imagery in this department to really let the places come alive, as setting does become a rather major theme, but oh well.
The plot/storyline Not expected, surprisingly. I enjoyed the twists and turns, although, as I mentioned in my updates, sometimes the conflicts seem arbitrary. Things that seem small to me make a huge impact, and other things seem not to matter at all. I appreciate a really strong, well-thought-out storyline, and although this one does seems very carefully planned, sometimes I questioned why the characters did what they did. I don't want to spoil anything so I shall leave it at that for now.
The writing style Well done. Almost natural, in a way, but also effective. Nothing forced and nothing dense. Perfect for teens, I suppose, although it does sometimes get a bid too void of the artistry that I adore in writing. It's probably just a matter of preference, though. The writing style, to sum it all up, is moderate and adequate and does not impede the actual reading.
All the little bits and pieces I like this book. I really do. There are points here and there that don't stand out, but I haven't made a category for all the great things. The emotions are true and strong. The motives are realistic. The relationship between Anna and Bennett is realistic without being too morbid or sugary. I found most of everything engaging, drawing me in. I clearly read this within 24 hours. It was one of those.
In the end... I would recommend this book. I enjoyed reading it. I think it's refreshing to see something new come out, something not based on the cliches of our time and what we want. Despite the fact that the actual premise is most likely not true, most circumstances seem plausible. That makes this strong in a way that a lot of books fail to be. I've seen too many books where the author sets up a perfect setting with a perfect ending and perfect characters that live happily ever after - we've all seen the tragedy of it. But Time Between Us, while largely remaining a love story, gives us more depth. The characters work for what they have. The world doesn't work the way that everyone wants it to. That, perhaps, is my favorite part of this novel.
And I should mention that I received this book for free from a contest that I won. I'm not getting paid, and am in no way affiliated, but it's just something to note. All opinions remain my own. ...more