Both Sides of Time (Both Sides of Time Series #1)

Both Sides of Time (Both Sides of Time Series #1)

by Caroline B. Cooney

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ISBN-13: 9780440219323
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/28/1997
Series: Both Sides of Time Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 4.38(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.67(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 15 Years

About the Author

Caroline B. Cooney is the author of Goddess of Yesterday (an ALA Notable Children’s Book); The Ransom of Mercy Carter; and The Face on the Milk Carton (an IRA–CBC Children’s Choice). She lives in Westbrook, CT.

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It was Annie's agenda that summer to convert her boyfriend, Sean, into a romantic man. It would not be easy, everyone agreed on that. Sean was far more likely to be holding metric wrenches than a bouquet of roses for Annie.

Annie did not know why she went out with Sean. (Not that you could call it "going out." It was "going to.")

Sean's spare time involved the repair of mechanical objects, or preventive maintenance on mechanical objects. There was always a lawn mower whose engine must be rebuilt, or an '83 pickup truck acquired in a trade whose every part

must be replaced.

Annie would arrive at the spot where Sean was currently restoring a vehicle.

She would watch. She would buy Cokes. Eventually Sean would say he had to do

something else now, so good-bye.

Nevertheless, on this, the last half day of school, Annie had planned to hold hands for cameras, immortalized as boyfriend and girlfriend. But Sean—the least-romantic handsome boy in America—had skipped.

The girls met in front of the mirrors, of course, to compare white dresses and fix each other's hair. Usually everybody dressed sloppily. It was almost embarrassing to look good for a change. Annie Lockwood had gotten her white dress when she was bridesmaid in a garden wedding last year. Embroidered with a thousand starry white flowers, the skirt had a great deal of cloth in it, swirling when she walked. At least the dress was perfect for romance.

Everybody was exuberant and giddy. The moment school was exchanged for summer, they'd converge on the beach for a party that would last all afternoon and evening.

Annie brushed her thick dark hair into a ponytail and spread a white lace scrunchy in her right hand to hold it.

"So where is the Romance Champion?" asked her best friend, Heather.

"He's at the Mansion," Annie explained, "getting his cars ready to drive away."

Sean would be at the old Stratton Mansion, getting his stuff off the grounds

before demolition.

Sean loved destruction. Even though it was his own home being torn down, Sean didn't care. He couldn't wait to see the wrecking balls in action. It was Annie who wept for the Mansion.

The town had decided to rip it down. They were right, of course. Nobody had maintained the Mansion. Kids had been rollerskating in the ballroom for decades. Roof leaks from the soaring towers had traveled down three floors and ruined every inch of plaster. To the town, it was just a looming, dangerous hulk.

But oh, Annie Lockwood loved the Mansion.

The girls hurried out of the bathroom at the same second, not fitting, so they had to gather their skirts and giggle and launch themselves through the door again. The whole half day was silly and frivolous. Annie decided she was good at silly and frivolous, and it was a shame they didn't get to behave that way more often. School ended with hugs, and seniors got weepy

and the freshmen vanished, which was the only decent thing for ninth graders to do, and everybody shouted back and forth about the afternoon plans.

"See you at the beach," called Heather.

Annie nodded. "First I have to collect Sean."

"Good luck."

That Sean would agree to play beach volleyball when he had a car repair deadline was highly unlikely. But Annie would certainly try.

When the school bus dropped her off, she didn't even go into the house to change her clothes, but retrieved her bike from the garage and started pedaling. The frothy white dress billowed out behind her in fat white balloons. It was a ridiculous thing to bicycle in. She pulled off the scrunchy and let

her hair fly too. Her hair was dark and romantic against the white of her dress.

I'm going to ruin the dress, she thought. I should have changed into jeans, especially when I know perfectly well Sean is just changing the oil on some car and he'll want me to help.

I'll help you, she promised the absent Sean. I will repair your entire personality, you lucky guy. By the end of summer, you will have worth.

Lately, Annie had been reading every advice column in existence: Ann Landers, Dear Abby, Miss Manners. She'd become unusually hooked on radio and television talk shows. She knew two things now:

A. You weren't supposed to try to change other people. It didn't work and afterward they hated you.

B. Mind Your Own Business.

Of course nobody ever obeyed those two rules; it would take all the fun out of life. Annie had no intention whatsoever of following either A or B.

She pedaled through the village toward Stratton Point. The land was solid with houses. Hardly a village now that eighty thousand people lived here, but the

residents, most of whom had moved from New York City, liked to pretend they were rural.

It was very warm, but the breeze was not friendly. The sky darkened. They were in for a good storm. (Her father always called a storm "good.") Annie thought about the impending thunderstorm at home, and then decided not to think about it.

Passing the last house, she crossed the narrow spit of land, two cars wide, that led to Stratton Point. Sometime in the 1880s, a railroad baron had built his summer "cottage" on an island a few hundred yards from shore. He created a yacht basin, so he could commute to New York City, and then built a causeway, so his family could ride in their splendid monogrammed carriage to the village ice cream parlor. He added a magnificent turreted bathhouse down by a stretch of soft white sand, and a carriage house, stables, an echo house, and even a decorative lighthouse with a bell tower instead of warnings.

Decades after the parties ceased and nobody was there to have afternoon tea or play croquet, the Mansion was divided into nine apartments and the six hundred acres of Stratton Point became a town park. The bathhouse was used by the public now. The Garden Club reclaimed the walled gardens, and where Mr. Stratton's single yacht had once been docked, hundreds of tiny boats cluttered the placid water. Day campers detoured by the echo house to scream forbidden words and listen to them come back. I didn't say it, they would protest happily.

The nine apartments were occupied by town crew, including Sean's father, whose job it was to keep up roads and parks and storm drains. Nobody kept the Mansion up.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1995, Annie Lockwood has what every girl dreams about, popularity and the hottest boyfriend, Sean. Annie isn¿t happy though, and she wants to live the life of the nineteenth century. After going into an ancient mansion, Annie somehow gets transported to 1895! Here a boy named Strat quickly falls in love with Annie. Annie finally gets what she wants, true love! The only problem is someone else loves Strat and was exposed to marry him. Also, Annie, after accidentally going back to her own time, lets slip to her mother her father¿s big secret. Now two families in two lifetimes are falling apart and it is up to Annie to put everything back together. My favorite part of this book would probably be the time twisting into the two centuries. You never know what will happen just then. The part I probably like least is when the story is talking about characters other than Strat and Annie. I found most of those areas boring, but I can see why that would be necessary to have. I love this book along with the other books of its series Out of Time, Prisoner of Time, and For All Time. Both Sides of Time is full of adventure, romance, and mystery. If anyone likes that kind of books, they should read this book.
ladybug74 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Though this book was written for teens, I enjoyed it. I tried another book by this author a while back and did not finish it, but this one was much more interesting to me. This was probably due to the fact that I enjoy time travel stories. I would have liked it better if it told a little more about what happened at the end, but otherwise it was a good quick read.
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Annie Lockwood wants to change her life, starting with Sean, her unromantic boyfriend and ending with her dysfunctional parents. Determined to accomplish this she tracks down Sean at the old Stratton mansion and finds herself falling through a century of time. 100 years in the past Annie encounters Strat who is everything she expects of a boyfriend and they fall in love. But, when Annie fails in her apparent duty to discover a murderer and save a falsely accused serving girl Time sends her back home again. Will Annie ever find a way to return to the past and set things right? More importantly, will she ever see her beloved Strat again?When I first began this book I really wasn't very sure I would finish. All of the characters seemed incredibly selfish, stuck in their own problems and unable to see anything beyond themselves, most especially the heroine, Annie. However, as with many stories, part of the journey is to see if the characters can change. I have noticed with many of the YA novels I've read written in the 1990s there seems to be a certain apartness to the writing, characters and plot, which never really allows you to fully immerse yourself in the story. Perhaps this was the required style for publication, but I'm generalizing and not really sure. Although the characters pretty much remained two-dimensional and never totally fleshed out there was a sufficient amount of maturing, most especially with Strat when he finally woke up and took charge at the end. Overall I enjoyed the story enough to move on to the second book of this series.
innermurk on LibraryThing 11 months ago
I first fell in love with this book in my romantic YA phase of love at first sight, and believing in soul mates. It has all the pieces of those teen romances that are needed to make a girl swoon, squee, and cry. It is at times poignant, at times heartwrenching, and at times incredibly frustrating as the heroine seems a little two dimensional with certain aspects of her talents. Overall the plot is fascinating, but the characters could use a little more rounding out, the nuances of the world could use a bit more explanation and exploration. The mystery that engages the reader at the beginning is quickly pushed to the background of the romance, and the time travel, and so becomes more of a melodramatic spice than an actual piece of the story. Yet, despite it's flaws, it remains one of my favorite reads to revisit again and again.
DeborahHeal More than 1 year ago
Annie is a “romantic in the wrong century,” but her boyfriend is more interested in his old cars. But one day at the derelict mansion outside of town, when “something was wrong with the day, or something wrong with her” she falls back one century and falls in love with Strat, a boy who is everything she’s been dreaming of—everything her boyfriend is not. He is handsome, honorable, and heir to the Stratton mansion and fortune. The 1880s seem incredibly romantic to Annie, so much better than her own ugly, plastic century. It is an age when men are men and women are women and no one mistakes one for the other. The men are charming and chivalrous. Their courtliness is so attractive to girl whose boyfriend expected her to load his tools in his truck for him. What could be better than to wear beautiful, feminine dresses and live in a luxurious mansion? But it’s also a time of tremendous stiffness and formality. Even young people call each other by their formal titles of Mr. and Miss. And everyone is expected to “modulate” themselves and be subject to elaborate “rules of behavior.” Women’s lives are even more restrictive than the corsets they wear. Strat is fascinated by this beautiful free-spirited girl that lands in his world. He is both attracted to and shocked by her unconfined body and bare legs. Unlike his peers, he seems willing to let her be who she is, and loves her in spite of her alien nature. But Annie realizes that we don’t own time as we think we do with our clocks and watches. Time owns us. We are a product of our time. Will her relationship with Strat be sustainable in a world where men make the rules and govern the lives of their women, own their women? A world where a woman who doesn’t marry ceases to have any value? In Strat’s world women are so desperate for marriage that they sometimes give up relative freedom and a chance to go to college to marry repellant men old enough to be their fathers, men who only want their money. Annie is a "Century Changer.” She can choose which century she wants to live in. But no matter which century she chooses, someone will be unhappy. She has made a mess of it on both sides of time. If only she can keep everybody safe and still get a happily ever after for herself. by Deborah Heal, author of Time and Again: Charlotte of Miles Station I purchased this book and have given it my fair review.
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iluv2read-_- More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book! It is one of the best books I've ever read,so much that I couldn't put it down for one second! Everything about this book is amazing. It keeps you curious because when you think you have it figured out, something happens so that the story is centered on something completely different. This book is called Both Sides of Time by Caroline B. Cooney; it's the first book in a series of four. In this book, the main character, Annie, faces conflicts in two different centuries! She has a boyfriend but she doesn't feel that she likes him because he's too 'busy' fixing cars and he's constantly distracted so much that he doesn't pay attention to her. Just as she thinks there is no escape for life, time finds her and takes her back to the 19th century. There she finds another boy named Strat and wishes they both fall in love with each other. She thinks she has finally found the true love which she had been waiting for. But the biggest trial yet is choosing to stay in the past, or go back and live her regular life. But wherever she chooses to stay, she must face a big problem. The author's mood towards this book is mysterious and romantic. I think that the author might have felt as if she were in Annie's place- wanting someone to love and care for her. And I think that any girl who has really felt the 'need for love' or that has had a 'summer crush' would really enjoy it. In my opinion, Caroline B.Cooney is an excellent writer because of the way she describes the plot, setting, and even the characters. You can feel the characters' emotions: sadness, disappointment, frustration, indecision, and above all the unconditional love that makes you sacrifice certain things. If you're not so much into romance, this book is also a murder mystery. It's the perfect book for anyone because you don't lose your interest easily. The author uses sensory details and a lot of visual images. So, take a trip into the 19th century and get caught in a whirlwind of miscellaneous mystery, romance, and decisions. Let time sweep you off your feet.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and it was amazing!!!!!:' It was wonderfully told and Cooney is awesome author. You should read the rest of the series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the only romantic book I loved so much and really remembered during my highschool days. The characters would always stick in my mind for all times. It was really nice. I hope to see a movie that can move me like this couple did in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's been a few years since I've read this, but it's still been the best book i've ever read. I never use to like reading, like at all. but this book changed my life! I read this in a day and a half, the next book in this series i read in less than a day. The stories are amazing! Because of this book i gave reading for fun another chance, now i enjoy reading and i try to do it in my spare time as much as possible. But no book can be compared to this one. It's beautifully told and Cooney's creativity is astounding! I love this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A VERY nice romance/ makes me wish I was in Annie's world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Annie Lockwood is a regular teenage girl. She has a boyfriend and is in High School. That is until she falls. Annie doesn¿t think that her boyfriend likes her very much because he ignores her. Nevertheless she rode out to his house like every other day. Sitting there watching him work on his new car she falls. It is now 1899, a very different world from her 1999 one. A boy named Strat sees her arrive and is immediately falls in love with her. Even though their love is strong can it last through time? I liked this book because it had a strong storyline that kept me on the edge of my seat. Just when you think you have it figured out something happens and the story is changed completely. Everything about this book is amazing. It started out interesting and ended even better! This book is called Both Sides of Time by Caroline B. Cooney. This is the first book in a series of four. Anyone that enjoys love stories that a re suspenseful and have a good story line would love this book. Caroline B. Cooney reminds me a little bit of Meg Cabot. The both write very good books and if you liked one then you should like the other.
Guest More than 1 year ago
okay, i have to admit at first when i was at our library..and my friend showed me this book..i was thinking like this really doesn't seem interesting..but then i got home and read it and it was unbelieveable...i loved it and i read the next three and absolutely loved them also.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved it. I thought it was the most romantic book i have ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful!!! yes, you probably need to like romance stories to like this book, and if you do, you wont be dissapointed!! This definitely makes it on my list for favorite books of all time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! This book gets into the heart of every young girl who wants to find summer love. You will love this book! I guarantee it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Both Sides of Time was awesome! It goes deep into the feelings of love and romance. I was so amazed to actually be interested in a book, when I usually don't enjoy reading. This book is a must read!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
omg i love this book! it was written soooo well! i think that almost every girl would like to be in annie's position, when you read this book you feel like you are though! i can't wait to finish all four books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book. It is one of the best Caroline B. Cooney books ever. I love the characters Strat and Annie. The way Cooney writes their love story is phenominal; she makes them so real. I was so heart-broken at the end that I stayed sad for days. If a story can touch me that much, I know it's good.