This is such a hard book to discuss because when I start talking about the plot, you’ll probably be like, “Ugh, it’s like The Lake House” or “So…YA version of The Time Traveler’s Wife?” And sort of, yes. But not really.
This book is set in 1995, but it’s funny—I didn’t at all miss the fact that there weren’t cell phones and nobody spent time online. (I mention that on purpose.)
Anna talks about traveling all the time, but as far as she gets is the travel section of her family’s bookstore. Her life’s not awful, not at all; she loves her parents and her friends. It’s just that her life is very…small.
And then she meets Bennett. He’s the new kid from California. She’s drawn to him right away, but he seems pretty adamant that nothing’s going to happen between them. Until, of course, it does anyway.
It turns out that Bennett isn’t like other guys. He has the ability to basically Quantum Leap himself around the world. He can be in Spanish class one minute and then actually in Spain the next. (Fortunately, he can control it; it’s not like he just randomly disappears.) But there are some limitations. He can’t go into the very distant past—he can be any time in his lifetime, but that’s it. He can’t try and prevent Kennedy’s assassination, for example. And he can’t stay in the past for very long.
Which is a problem, because teenage Bennett doesn’t exist until 2012.
So, yes, SORT OF The Time Traveler’s Wife, but not really. It’s more like a paranormal love story, as written by Stephanie Perkins. This book is just cute and sweet and funny and good.
I can’t wait to read more by Tamara Ireland Stone. She’s definitely an author to watch for.