Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Series: Time Between Us #2
Published by Disney-Hyperion on October 8th, 2013
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Calling Anna and Bennett's romance long distance is an understatement: she's from 1995 Chicago and he's a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn't. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds. It's not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they'll find a way to make things work...until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn't want? Told from Bennett's point of view, Time After Time will satisfy readers looking for a fresh, exciting and beautifully-written love story, both those who are eager to find out what's next for Time Between Us's Anna and Bennett and those discovering their story for the first time
This book made me incredibly happy. I also think this falls under the category of “Best Sequel I’ve Read This Year”. I am not lying.
This book is told in Bennett’s POV and it was so refreshing! I LOVED the fact that we got to see what Bennett was thinking all this time and I sympathized with him so much more than in book one!
In this book there’s actually a little bit more than romance to focus on. This time, Bennett is learning that with his power comes great responsibility (hahaha I’m such a nerd), and he’s trying to find a way to live with his ability, and also with the decisions that he takes each day. He wants so desperately to help people and to change certain outcomes, but he needs to figure out what the overall outcome is. I liked seeing this part of this struggle because while the time travel aspect is not scientifically explained, we see an actual conflict that stems from his ability.
The romance here is just as wonderful and it was in the first book and in this story I was on the edge because it was the last book. That meant that everything had to be resolved here. I was so afraid for Anna and Bennett because they snuck into my heart and I found myself wishing the best for them. It was definitely very emotionally draining as we realize that their romance is anything but easy, and while only teenagers they feel an emotion so intense that you can’t help but believe them.
“What do you mean what I want? When is this ever about what I want? I don’t have anything –not one single thing- that I want. Don’t you get it? […] I get to have this tiny little taste of all these incredible things but I don’t get to keep any of them. I get to meet you and be part of your life, […] but I don’t get to hold on to any of it. I can’t stay here. This isn’t my home. And every time I have to go back, it kills me. Every. Single. Time.”
My only gripe with this book is the fact that I wanted so much MORE. I wanted to know more and more. Anna and Bennett’s story is one I’ll definitely never forget and I’ll be sure to reread when I’m in the mood for a book that’ll make me smile.
Overall, Tamara Ireland Stone wonderfully wrote this book. She found a way to give us a real, tangible, conflict and write a wonderful resolution that was completely believable.
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