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.
As soon as I finished Time Between Us, I rushed out and picked up the sequel, Time After Time. I didn’t even read the synopsis to find out what it was about. I didn’t care. It continued the story of Bennett and Anna and that was all I needed to know. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that this book tells the story from Bennett’s point of view.
Tamara Ireland Stone does a wonderful job of distinguishing Bennett’s voice from Anna’s. I love that we get inside his head and understand what drives him to travel, what inspires him, and what haunts him. And the fact that half the scenes are set in my favorite city in the entire U.S., San Francisco, and mentions more of my favorite bands, hooked me even without the compelling plot.
But the plot is compelling, irresistibly so, and different from the first book. Many second books can’t live up to the promise of the first — the sophomore effect. But Time After Time does not suffer from any of that. The fresh voice and unique twists the author throws at our two main characters kept me turning the pages into the early morning hours.
What’s not to love? Bennett is still perfect, Anna is still adorable and the supporting cast is still fun and the introduction of Bennett’s sister is just one more character to love. Being inside Bennett’s head this time around and really see his character arc, watching him grow and develop and seeing him squirm and deal with his pain is what really makes this book so strong. Bennett was fascinating but somewhat mysterious at the end of Time Between Us, but now I feel like I really know him.
One of the best books I’ve read in the young adult genre. And Tamara Ireland Stone is one of my new favorite authors. I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s next from her.
Title: Time After Time
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Category: Teen and Young Adult, Romance, SciFi
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Links to Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble