Review: Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

Title: Time Between Us

Author: Tamara Ireland Stone

Publisher: Hyperion

Release Date: October 9th, 2012

Interest: 2012 Debut Author / Time Travel

Source: ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley

Summary (From Goodreads): Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett has the unique ability to travel through time and space, which brings him into Anna’s life, and with him a new world of adventure and possibility.

As their relationship deepens, the two face the reality that time may knock Bennett back to where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time.

Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, Time Between Us is a stunning, spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new voice in YA fiction.

Sigh.  Time Between Us is a wonderful debut!  It’s romantic, fast-paced, and time travel done right.

In all honesty, it’s been a few months since I’ve read Tamara Ireland Stone’s debut, and I didn’t write my review right after I finished it like I should have.  For that reason, I’m making a list of everything I loved about it.

  • Time travel has been a popular plot element in YA lately, but most of the ones I’ve read have been lacking.  The time travel has been interesting, but there’s usually something missing.  That’s not the case in Time Between Us.  I loved the pacing and the format.
  • I hope this is chosen as a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers because I know I’ll be able to hook my reluctant readers with Time Between Us.  The boys, maybe not, but the girls will definitely love it.  They’ll be intrigued by the mysterious beginning set in 2011 and the transition to 1995 in the next chapter.  I read this chapter and couldn’t help but wonder how it was going to tie in later.  I was so excited when I made the connection!
  • Anna is immediately drawn to Bennett because he appears mysteriously when she’s running and then shows up at school, but denies being at the track.  This is intriguing and kept my attention.  What I really appreciate about this set up is that there isn’t insta-love.  Sure, Anna wants to know more about Bennett, but their attraction and romance builds.  Their romance is sweeping and sweet.  It isn’t over the top and unbelievable.
  • This quote is a good example of how the relationship starts & how Anna feels about Bennett’s time traveling abilities in regards to their relationship: “I’ve spent the whole night thinking about how it will end, but right now, there’s only one thing I want to think about: there will be a middle.”  Isn’t that how many of us feel about relationships?  We don’t know where it will go, but we know there’s a middle to enjoy.
  • Anna is dynamic and a character readers can look up to.  She’s forced into tough situations that require her to be independent and make decisions she normally wouldn’t make.  There’s one decision I was afraid she was going to ignore, but I ended up being impressed with the action she took.  It’s one that some girls might not make in fear of what could be missed, but she does what’s right for her as an individual.

I read Tamara Ireland Stone’s debut in a day.  It’s romantic, exciting, mysterious, hard to put down, and at times heart breaking.  It’s a must read that I’m most definitely buying to share with my students.  I’m looking forward to reading more of her books.


  1. This one sounds great! I’ll have to get my hands on it soon 🙂

  2. This book is an amazing book! I’ve read it many time and I just can’t get enough of Anna and Bennet. I just wish there was a second book to it!

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