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Annie Lockwood exists; everyone admits it. Everyone has seen her. But only Strat insists that Miss Lockwood traveled one hundred years back in time to be with them in 1895. Now Strat is paying an enormous price: His father has declared him insane and had him locked away in an asylum. When Time calls Annie back to save Strat, she does not hesitate, even though her family is falling apart and desperately needs her. Can Annie save the boy she loves, or will her choice keep her a ...
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Annie Lockwood exists; everyone admits it. Everyone has seen her. But only Strat insists that Miss Lockwood traveled one hundred years back in time to be with them in 1895. Now Strat is paying an enormous price: His father has declared him insane and had him locked away in an asylum. When Time calls Annie back to save Strat, she does not hesitate, even though her family is falling apart and desperately needs her. Can Annie save the boy she loves, or will her choice keep her a trespasser out of time?
Strat, the wealthy boy with whom Annie fell in love during her first time trip to the 1890s, needs her help when he reveals her real origin and finds himself confined in a mental asylum.
Annie Lockwood had not forgotten about Strat, of course. But she had forgotten about him this morning. She woke up fast, and was out of bed in seconds, standing in front of her closet and changing every fashion decision she had made yesterday.
Her American history class was off to New York City today. Forty minutes by train. Since they were going to the United Nations first, the teacher wanted them to look decent, by which he meant that the girls were not to follow the current fad of wearing men's boxer shorts on the outside of their ripped jeans and the boys were not to follow the current fad of wearing T-shirts so obscene that strangers would ask what town the class was from, so as to be sure they never accidentally went and lived there.
Actually, it was nice to have an excuse to look good. Grunge had hit the school system hard, and those who preferred pretty, or even clean, were out of the loop.
Annie had a long, dark blue dress, a clinging knit bought for a special occasion. It didn't stand out from the crowd, but Annie did when she wore it. She put on the hat she'd found at the secondhand store. It was a flattened bulb of blue velvet. How jauntily it perched over her straight dark hair. Perfect. (Unless she lost her courage and decided the hat, any hat, especially this hat, was pathetic.)
She whipped downstairs to get her brother's opinion. Tod generally did not bother with words. If he despised her clothes, he would gag or pretend to pass out, or maybe even threaten her with butter throwing. (Butter left out on the counter made a wonderful weapon, especially if it got in your sister's hair.) If Tod liked her outfit, though, he would shrug with his eyebrows. This was a great accolade, and meant she looked okay, even if she was his sister.
She was kind of fond of Tod, which was a good thing, since they were the only people left in their family.
Annie and Tod hadn't bothered with breakfast since Mom had left. Breakfast was only worth having if somebody else made it for you.
The house was literally colder without Mom, because Mom had always gotten up way earlier and turned up the thermostat, so when Annie and Tod came down to the kitchen, it was toasty and welcoming. Even though Mom's commute to New York meant she'd caught her train before Annie and Tod came down, they always used to feel Mom in the house. They could smell coffee she had perked and hot perfumed moisture from her shower. Orange juice was always poured, cereal and milk out, toast sitting in the slots waiting to be lowered. On the fridge was always a Post-it to each child:
annie—ace that history test, love you, Mom.
tod—don't forget your permission slip, love you, Mom.
But "always" was over.
In the kitchen (where the front of the refrigerator was bare) her brother was drinking orange juice straight from the carton. Since she was doing the same thing these days, Annie could hardly yell at him. She just waited her turn. He smiled, orange juice pouring into his mouth, which caused some to dribble onto the linoleum.
"Nice manners," said Annie, and the word manners triggered a rush of memories. There were too many, she didn't want this—
Her head split open. Time came in, with its black and shrieking wind.
There were others in the black wind with her. Half people. Bodies and souls flying through Time. But not me! cried Annie, without sound. I learned my lesson—you taught me! Just because you can go through Time doesn't mean you should.
Time let go.
She was just a panting girl in a cold room.
"Wow," said her brother, folding the carton tips together before handing over the orange juice, as if this were a germ protection device. "That was so weird, Annie."
"What was?" She did not know how she could talk. Oxygen had been ripped from her lungs.
"Your hair," he said nervously. "It curled by itself."
For a moment their eyes met, his full of questions and hers full of secrets. "Do you like my hat?" she said, because hair curled by Time was a tough subject.
"Yeah. Makes you look like a deranged fashion model."
Deranged. What if Tod was right? What if she was on some grim and teetery edge, and she was going to fall off her own sanity? What if she landed, not in another century like the last time, but in some other, hideously confused, mind?
Annie ran back upstairs, to get away from the collapse of Time and the sharp eyes of her brother. To get closer to Strat.
The image of Strat had faded over the months. When she thought of him now, it was loosely, like silver bracelets sliding on her arms.
Sometimes she went to Stratton Point, alone with the wind, but even Strat's mansion was only memory. Torn down. Nothing now but a scar on a hill. Annie would make sure there was no living person around—no footprints in the snow—no ski tracks—no cars parked below with the windows rolled down—and she'd shout out loud, "Strat! Strat! I love you!"
But of course nobody answered, and Time did not open. There was just a teenage girl shrieking for a non-existent teenage boy.
This morning, in her bedroom, there was nothing wrong, nothing out of place. No clues to Time or any other secret. Piles of clothing, paperbacks, and CDs were right where she had left them, her drawers half open and her closet doors half shut. But today must be the day! thought Annie. That falling was Time's warning.
"Hi, Strat," she whispered to the mirror, as if he and his century were right behind the glass, and the opening of Time was ready.
The Strattons, she thought suddenly, had a Manhattan town house. I've been going to their beach mansion—their Connecticut summer place. But what if the passage back through Time is in New York City?
Old New York rose as vividly in her mind as if she really had visited there: romantic and dark, full of velvet gowns and stamping horses and fine carriages.
She stared at herself in her full-length mirror. If Time takes me, I'll be ready. I'll be elegant and ladylike.
Of course, not in front of her history class. They must not ask questions. She stuffed the hat into her old L.L. Bean bookbag.
It was midwinter. February, to be exact, and the snowiest winter on record. Annie could wear her best boots (best in fashion, not in staying dry), which were high black leather with chevrons of velvet. She dashed into Mom's room to filch Mom's black kid gloves and her winter coat pin: a snowflake of silver, intricate as lace. Mom had ordered it from a museum catalog, which triggered such a flow of catalogs they threatened to snap the mailbox. (Tod loved this; he was always hoping for another, more explicit, Victoria's Secret.)
Annie had other secrets in mind. The secrets that the Strattons had carried through Time.
Posted January 20, 2012
Out of Time
by Caroline B. Cooney
This is the second book of her trilogy, and again I loved it. I read it through in one night!
At the end of book one, when Annie leaves Strat’s 1880 world to return to her own a century later, she has no idea that he will be charged with insanity because of openly discussing Annie’s time-traveling ability. Now, when she returns, she is the only one who has even a slim chance of rescuing him from the asylum where he is being confined.
One thing I like about both books (and it seemed to come through even stronger in book II) was the honor and integrity of the hero. Strat is a man who pays his debts of honor—to Katie, the girl in the mental asylum (there only because she was born with a cleft palate) who befriends him. To Harriet, who loves him and needs him more than Annie, the woman he loves. And he loves Annie so much, in fact, that he finds “strength to pull away, and kiss no more…” For him, this is “the definition of love: not touching a woman until marriage.” Annie loves Strat for his goodness, even when it means she must suffer because of it.
Cooney continues to compare and contrast the 1880s with the 1980s. Both centuries have their benefits and their downsides. One flaw in Annie’s century would sure makes life easier when it comes to making the hard decisions she and Strat have to make. Because in the 1980s, Annie says, “people let you use any excuse. . . .You never had to be responsible for what you did, because it could always be somebody else’s fault.”
Out of Time has great messages, great characters, and great story.
By Deborah Heal, author of Time and Again: Charlotte of Miles Station. I purchased this book and have given it my fair review.
Posted February 1, 2006
I loved it untill the end. I wished Annie stayed with Strat or Strat went with her. But i quess the would have been the last of the time travling books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 23, 2005
This is the first book I read by Caroline B. Cooney and I love it. It is such a great story and I love the ending. I feel so bad for Harriet, and I really want to hurt Strat's dad. My only regret is that I read this before I read Both Sides of Time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 22, 2004
omg!!!!!!!!this book is sooooo good! it should be a crime for a book to be this good!! you must read it if you don't then you are a loser lol jk but you really should read it you wont be upset you didWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 12, 2004
Posted September 3, 2004
This book is so amazing! It has action and romance which Caroline Cooney has put together so greatly. I love this book! I feel so bad for Annie in the end because she loves him so much but knows they can't be together....or can they??? I am soo looking forward to reading For All Time. P.S. If you want to read a GREAT book, read this!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 12, 2004
Love is never exactly easy to begin with, well little did Annie Lockwood know, love would actually be taking her to a whole different century. Annie is an average teenage girl, with one big secret. She has traveled through ¿time¿ and back again, and in this novel Annie does it all over again. Things wouldn¿t be so complicated for Annie if she hadn¿t fallen deeply in love with a young man named Strat the first time she ¿time traveled.¿ Time calls her back again to save Strat and fix her relations with him, but she struggles really hard to find the courage to accomplish what Time calls her to do. Not only does Annie have to save Strat, but she also has to define her relationship with him. Annie didn¿t realize that when Time came for the second time to drag her back into the 1890¿s that she would be rescuing Strat and attempting to save the day. Annie didn¿t even know exactly why Time was calling her back again. I think Time picked Annie out of everyone in the world because she is strong and very capable. Annie never gives up on herself or anyone around her. When she reaches the 1890¿s you feel the same confusion and wonder that Annie is feeling right through the pages. Annie finds that Strat has been sent away to an insane asylum in Albany, and it might all be because of her! She is feeling guilt and sadness all at once, but she must not waste time. She hurries to save her true love, Strat. However, this is not as easy as it sounds. For anyone else getting to Albany would be a simple train ride, but for Annie it means managing to hide from an angry, controlling man who is out to kill her. This man doesn¿t want her to succeed in her goals of saving Strat. Annie must learn to deal with this problem. This is one thing that I truly love about her; she always uses her resources around her to fix her problems. Whether it is using her beauty, her wit, her charm, or even the people that love her most; Annie is always solving problems. For instance, when forced to deal with the man who will do anything to stop her from saving Strat; Annie uses her instincts and courage to turn to a complete stranger for help. Annie¿s confidence and wit is what keeps this novel going. Furthermore, the adventures and journeys Strat and Annie experience together make everything about love come alive. The novel has taught me that different things we experience lead to other journeys and paths. For Annie, it isn¿t just falling in love; it¿s falling through Time and back again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 1, 2004
It is just awesomeness! I was blown away(well... not really) It is very mushy :( !!! But it is great! I think Harriet had it the worst tho.... I mean here she is in love with Strat. Then out of nowhere(literally) comes Annie. Strat and Annie fall in love. The Harriet is dying of consumption and Strat is locked in an asylum and... I ramble. The ending will touch you (confuse u)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 18, 2003
I love the books in this series. I must have read them at least 4 times each. I must say that Out of Time and Both Sides of Time are my favorite books in this series. I mean, you can never beat the original with a sequel, but this one came pretty darn close...I Loved it, enough said, i just wish she would write another with a satisfying ending (for me that would be bringing Annie and Strat together). I simply loved it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 23, 2003
I loved it. The first book was just as wonderful as this. I found myself waiting to get to the next page. I counldn't put it down! I must have read the book in the most three days!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 24, 2003
I love this book more than anything. i can't choose which one is the best. i am just going to keep reading them over and over.i usually don't read romances but these melt my heart EVERY time!!! i just wish the series would continue!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 25, 2003
This was a great put together as a companion for the first book. Indeed the 1st book was a little better, but this was a great book to never let go of. From the part when you get to most of the action, you just can't stop reading it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 31, 2003
As I said the first books are always the best but this was a good book. It was more adventure than romance but still touched the heart. A must read!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted May 29, 2001
At first I had a hard time understanding this book because it kept going back an forth in time. I think that to really understand what is going on, you would have to read the first book. If you enjoy reading about romance or love stories, then this might be the book for you. I, on the other hand rather read books about mysteries. I would not say that this is one of Caroline B. Cooney's best book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 22, 2001
I think it's great! The 2nd book about Annie and Strat. It leave me wonder what's going to happen to Strat after he got to Spain. Little bit disappointed when I hear the third book is going to be about Annie's brother and Strat's sister.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 17, 2001
I can't say anything different from my review for the first book in this series. Totally entralling and as wonderfully writen as any of Caroline B Cooney's books. If you liked any other books by this author, you'll like this one! Must read. ps. read the first one before you start this!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 19, 2001
Posted July 31, 2000
I was hooked just by reading the back of the book. I loved it. I was mad when it ended...I was so happy when I heard there was the second book...then even happier when I heard about the third. I own all three of these trilogies. I'm almost done the third one!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.