I should probably be upfront about this right now: TIME TRAVEL IS MY JAM.
Seriously. I’m a Back to the Future/Doctor Who fanatic who will happily sit you down and tell you why Looper doesn’t work (YOU CAN’T JUST PRETEND THE RULES OF TIME TRAVEL DON’T EXIST, THEY DO AND THEY’RE IMPORTANT). If I was given the opportunity to hop aboard a time machine and explore the past or future, I’d take it in a heartbeat. (Especially if it was David Tenant offering to let me come along.) I want to ride hoverboards and flirt with Teddy Roosevelt and see an original Shakespearean production. I love, love, love me some good time travel.
Of course, what makes time travel “good” is in the eye of the beholder. Some want rip-roaring adventures with historical figures, aliens, and maybe occasionally dinosaurs (yes, please!). Others like a cross-century love story (also great, if you don’t get icked out by a 100+ year age difference). Or maybe you’re more into a “must go back in time and save the world from the apocalypse” kind of time travel. There are a ton of different ways to explore this awesome genre. Below are some great new time traveling YA novels to take you wherever you want to go. So whether you’re reading these books in your Tardis, your Delorean, or just in the comfort of your own chair, get ready to fall in love with these novels faster than you can say, “Great Scott!”
Proof of Forever, by Lexa Hillyer
Four friends grow apart after spending months’ worth of summer camp together, but they’re about to get the chance to reconnect…whether they like it or not. All four girls are sent back in time, and they have to relive their lives to find a way back to the present. Don’t be fooled by the lighthearted setting, this novel has depth.
The Here and Now, by Anne Brashares
Prenna has traveled back in time—from around the year 2100 to our present day—to escape a disease that wiped out most of the world’s population. Now, she’s working with other survivors to find a way to stop the plague from happening. Unfortunately for Prenna, no one can know she’s from the future, especially the boy she’s falling in love with.
Time Between Us, by Tamara Ireland Stone
Nothing can get in the way of true love, not even pesky things like decades. Bennett is a time traveler from 2012 who falls in love with a girl from 1995. Now Anna and Bennett have to find a way to be together, despite the fact that time is trying to keep them apart. A definite must-read for those who like their time travel with a heaping side of romance.
The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare, by M.G. Buehrlen
Alex has always had visions of the past that she can’t explain, as though she’s lived many lives before. As it turns out, that’s exactly what’s happened: Alex is a time traveler, and now that she knows it, she can choose to visit any of the lives she’s led before. Too bad someone out there isn’t very happy about Alex’s visits and wants to stop her. Permanently.
Shadows Fall Away, by Kit Forbes
Mark has been sent to England to live with a batty old aunt, and if that wasn’t bad enough he gets struck by lightning and ends up in 1888 Victorian London. Now he has to try to solve the case of Jack the Ripper, or risk getting blamed for the murders. Tough luck. At least there’s a certain wealthy and very pretty girl who needs saving…