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“I, for one, am ready for a lot more adventure and a lot less nothing.”
If I could give this more than 5 stars, I totally would! I don't even know where to start with this review. I'm surprised by how much I loved this book. It was my first Time Travel book I've ever read and I'm quite blown away by the impact it had on me. I've watched those types of movies and they are great. But I didn't think they would be this amazing to read.
Well, it was. I saw this going around on my newsfeed from friends that I check reviews daily, and when I saw their reviews for this book, and the high rating, I knew I'd love it just as much. And I so did.
Bennett and Anna are not supposed to meet.
But they do.
They're not supposed to fall in love.
But they did.
And now, they must face a difficult life. Anna is 16, in her life. She's in the year 1995 in Illinois. Bennett is 17, in his life. He's in the year 2012 in San Francisco, California. He's a time traveler. He's on a mission to find his sister, Brooke who he lost while they were time traveling and at a Pearl Jam concert. But when he comes to Evanston, Illinois to search for her, he meets Anna. He doesn't ever go anywhere for a long period of time, he doesn't ever stay.
“I don’t stay anywhere. I visit. I observe. I leave. I don’t ever stay.”
But just like real life, things don't always go as planned. And Bennett ends up staying at Evanston longer, going to school and taking care of his grandmother. But really, he's just there because of Anna. He doesn't want to leave.
I...You're...You're amazing, Anna. And I love your passion to travel the world, but I have to admit, I don't completely get it. When I look around at this 'normal' life you're so eager to leave, I don't see boring or predictable-I see friends who love you and a family that would make any sacrifice for your happiness. I see the kind of security I've never had and always wanted. I may have given you access to the world I know best, but you and your family have given me a world that doesn't exist on a map."
When Anna finds out about Bennett and what he can do, she doesn't freak out. Not really. She finds it amazing, spectacular. It's been a dream to travel the world and see places she can only read about. Bennett makes some of her dreams come true.
I start to say yes. But then I stop. I look around at the water, at the rocks and the cliffs and the mountains that serve as a backdrop. And suddenly I don't want to be in Paris. I don't want to be anywhere else but here.
But things are complicated. He's playing with fate. He can time travel. But he can also erase an event and change it completely. It might be for a good cause, but it might not be a good thing later on. He's changed little things, and eventually, it leads to changing big things. He's not supposed to be anywhere for long. And he can be sent back to his time without warning.
But Anna and Bennett are determined to defy it all. Their love is sweet and innocent and beautiful and strong enough that it could work. They just have to remember that they're not strangers, for the next time they meet. And they do meet. Again. And again. And each time, they remember. During the time they're together, they make memories. They keep mementos, and it's SO sweet and heart-melting. Their love is pure and genuine and really perfect.
Can they defy fate? Can they keep their love alive, even when they're from two different times?
I would recommend this series to anyone. Honestly, I was worried at first. It was a little confusing in the beginning and I wasn't sure if I would get it. But I did. It got unconfusing quick and it was very enjoyable.
I loved Anna and Bennett! They were amazing characters. Both together and on their own. Bennett was such a sweet and amazing soul. He was caring and romantic and heart-melting. I loved his speeches. I loved how he let her into his world, and how he trusted her. Of course, it took a while and he was hesitant. But when he let her in and saw that she wasn't put off by what he can do, he was perfect. His little mishap with the car made me bust out in hysterics...but then when her parents made fun of him, I felt bad for him.
"It's okay. We like that around here, Bennett." Dad says. "Now we have something we'll never let you live down."
He was a trooper though. I could feel his love for Anna and the way he was determined to take her to places she's always wanted to go. It was pretty awesome! Anna was a great heroine. She's innocent and young, and maybe a little naive. But then again, she's only 16. We're all naive at that age. Still, she was so excited about Bennett's ability and loved being apart of that world with him. Although, at one point, I was a little ticked off at her. I felt she was being selfish when she asked him to do something that was very risky. And I'm still worried, it'll backfire in Time After Time. I guess I'll have to wait and see. But other than that deal, I was very happy with Anna. She was a great character, with so much passion and heart. Together they made a great couple, one that you can't help but root for a good ending. And towards the end, I was heartbroken for them both and worried and couldn't help but fear for what would happen.
Thankfully, it worked out. I loved the ending. It was so bittersweet. I cried happy and relieved tears. And tears for the fact that Bennett is so swoony and amazing! He's definitely a favorite book boyfriend. I loved Anna's parents. And Emma...and her British accent. Even Justin was great...except for that small scene at the end, I was a little irritated with him. But I guess, it worked out okay. Bennett's grandmother, Maggie was great too. I hope to see her more in the next book. She's a great lady, and even though, she doesn't know what's going on around her, she's cool.
Overall, this book was fantastic and a fun adventure! I'm so glad I took a chance on it. I'm glad I bought the book in paperback, even though it's also on my kindle. But those covers are gorgeous. They deserve a spot on my already cluttered favorites shelf. I hope more people read this lovely YA series. It won't disappoint.