Time Between Us

Time Between Us

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by Tamara Ireland Stone
     
 

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Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett's unique ability to travel through time and space brings him into Anna's life, and with him, a new world of adventure and possibility. As their relationship deepens, they face the reality that time might knock Bennett back where he belongs,

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Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett's unique ability to travel through time and space brings him into Anna's life, and with him, a new world of adventure and possibility. As their relationship deepens, they face the reality that time might knock Bennett back 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-and what consequences they can bear in order to stay together.

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

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Publishers Weekly
The cute new boy at school, Bennett Cooper, keeps disappearing on steadfast Anna Greene in this warm, time-bending romance, set in 1995. High school junior Anna feels stuck in Evanston, Ill., growing up in her father’s childhood home and dreaming of travel and adventure. Anna stays smitten with Bennett as he alternately flirts with her and pushes her away. Debut author Stone takes a while to let Anna discover that Bennett is a time traveler from the year 2012; they fall for each other knowing they might be pulled apart by Bennett’s inability to stay in 1995. Some readers may get slightly tripped up by the logistics of time travel—Bennett is simultaneously a baby and a 17-year-old in 1995 while looking for his sister who got stuck in 1994. But the chemistry between Bennett and Anna—and the fun and brave things they do together—will have readers rooting for the couple that keeps daring fate. The secret Bennett keeps from Anna unravels into a dreamy, twisty ending. Ages 12–up. Agent: Caryn Wiseman, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Oct.)
VOYA - Anna Foote
Anna started an ordinary day with her usual routine, running. She did not, however, usually see a hot guy on campus as she ran by, and she had never seen a guy who just...disappeared. But then he showed up later in the day at school—turned out Bennett was real, seemed nice, but maybe a little aloof. Anna falls for Bennett, who reveals his secret: he disappeared that morning because he is able to travel through time and space. At first, Anna delights in Bennett's ability. She wants to travel so badly, and he can take her to Italy on a moment's notice—and without any adults noticing they are missing. Their relationship gets complicated when Bennett reveals another secret: he is from the past and he is losing control over his unusual ability. Teen romance readers will enjoy this twist on a "bad boy" story—Bennett is actually a good guy, but his special power seriously complicates their relationship. First-time author Stone has had a successful career in public relations, but says that Anna's story came to her during a conversation with her husband. He asked her which superpower she would like to have. She replied that she would want time-traveling abilities—so that she could go back five minutes each time she stuck her foot in her mouth., and maybe to see Green Day play back in the '90s. Soon, Bennett was born; then Anna. Hyperion is betting on this to be a hit, releasing it in print, audio, and as an e-book simultaneously. Reviewer: Anna Foote
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Sixteen-year-old Anna Greene dreams of visiting exotic locations far removed from her safe, suburban life in 1995 Evanston, Illinois. When she meets newcomer Bennett Cooper, she's immediately drawn to him, but there's something curious about him-it's as if one moment he knows her and the next he treats her like a complete stranger. It's not until Anna is working at her family's bookstore and Bennett saves her from being robbed at knifepoint that she finally discovers his secret: he can travel through time. As they go to places Anna has never heard of, an unexpected tragedy forces them to question fate and the power Bennett has to change the future. When he is eventually sent back to his own time, Anna must make decisions that could doom or reunite them some day. Romantic and passionate, Stone's debut novel is swoon-worthy. Filling the story with excitement and destinations such as Thailand and Italy, she takes readers on a journey so that they, too, can experience the wonder that Anna feels. Although she's a dreamer, the teen is also quite practical and responsible, giving her character depth and believability. Because of Bennett's unpredictable comings and goings, Anna is the emotional glue that holds the story together. The connection between them is tangible and will resonate with readers who enjoy their romance mixed with adventure. Recommended for fans of Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife (MacAdam/Cage, 2003).—Audrey Sumser, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Mayfield, OH
Kirkus Reviews
A slow-moving time-travel romance emphasizes romance over everything else. When Anna sees a strange boy who smiles warmly at her when she's out for her morning jog, she's puzzled. Puzzlement turns to bewilderment when that boy—Bennett—shows up as a new student at her tony private high school and reacts violently to her name but seems not to recognize her at all. She has always wanted to see the world, but she's hardly ever left her hometown of Evanston, Ill.; she explores the travel section of her father's bookstore instead. One night, Bennett uses his amazing time-travel ability to save her from a robbery at the store; he explains that he comes from 2012 and is in Anna's time, 1995, to find the sister he lost at a Pearl Jam concert. Love ensues. Stone doesn't bother to give Bennett's unique talent any kind of coherent framework, instead using it to fuel fabulous trips to exotic places and to provide an excuse for hand-wringing about unrequitable love. Anna forces him to go against his preternaturally developed sense of chrono-ethics when her two best friends are in a terrible car accident, but even the consequences of that are only limply explored. The rushed ending exposes the lost sister for the MacGuffin she is and knocks the feet out from under the novel's only emotionally honest moment, Anna's decision to live for herself. Time travel can be fascinating, but here it is not. (Fantasy. 12-16)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423159568
Publisher:
Disney Press
Publication date:
10/09/2012
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Tamara Ireland Stone grew up in Northern California. In addition to her work as a writer, Tamara co-owns a Silicon Valley marketing communications firm and enjoys skiing, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two children. Tamara and her family live just outside of San Francisco. Learn more about Tamara and her books at www.TamaraIrelandStone.com and www.TimeBetweenUs.com.

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