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

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

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by Caroline B. Cooney

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Imagine changing centuries—and making things worse, not better, on both sides of time.

Imagine being involved in two love triangles in two different centuries. What if, no matter which direction you travel in time, you must abandon someone you love?

Meet 15-year-old Annie Lockwood, a romantic living in the wrong century. When she travels back a hundred


Imagine changing centuries—and making things worse, not better, on both sides of time.

Imagine being involved in two love triangles in two different centuries. What if, no matter which direction you travel in time, you must abandon someone you love?

Meet 15-year-old Annie Lockwood, a romantic living in the wrong century. When she travels back a hundred years and lands in 1895—a time when privileged young ladies wear magnificent gowns, attend elegant parties, and are courted by handsome gentlemen—Annie at last finds romance. But she is a trespasser in time. Will she choose to stay in the past? Will she be allowed to?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Though narrated in the stylized, spine-tingling voice that has become a Cooney trademark, this tale of time travel and romance lacks the momentum of the author's best work (The Face on the Milk Carton; Driver's Ed). While her decidedly unromantic boyfriend tinkers with a car engine, Annie wanders through the soon-to-be-demolished Stratton mansion, longing for a more gracious way of life. Suddenly she ``falls through'' 100 years-landing in 1895 just in time to witness (albeit hazily) a murder. The first person Annie meets is Hiram ``Strat'' Stratton, slated to inherit both the mansion and the family fortune if he marries his plain but sweet and devoted cousin Harriett. Annie and Strat fall head over heels in love, thus reproducing in the 19th century a triangle loosely similar to the situation created by Annie's father, who, unbeknownst to Annie's mother, is conducting an affair with a co-worker. Along with the murder, the various affairs of the heart provide fodder for almost requisite musings on the position of women then and now. Constrained by the novel's black-and-white approach, the truly intriguing social issues raised here never acquire real urgency. Ages 12-up. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Annie Lockwood finds herself living on Both Sides of Time in Barbara Cooney's 1995 romance. Annie, dancing through an old Long Island mansion that's slated for destruction, wonders what it was like when people really lived in the house. Did they waltz? Suddenly she glimpses people dressed in 100-year-old fashions-and they see her! Time travel is not what Annie expected, nor did she expect to fall in love with the son of the family that lives in the house. Can she stay in 1895 forever? A good read for the romantic.
The ALAN Review - Betty Carter
Annie Lawrence wants romance from her boyfriend, Sean. She wants the perfect marriage from her parents. She wants the pampered life of the idle rich. But dreams don't mirror reality. Sean worships cars rather than Annie. Her father dallies in an affair. And her self-sufficient, career-oriented future is all mapped out. Catapulted a century back in time, Annie finds her heart's desire: a rich, handsome suitor who loves and adores her. Alas, her new life revolves around a dark melodrama, peopled with dastardly villains and virginal victims. She also discovers that Victorian opulence masks its own set of societal problems, often paralleling contemporary ones. Cooney tirelessly points out these analogies, producing a book that doesn't completely satisfy as either a romance or a social treatise. Not as strong as her critically acclaimed single novels (Driver's Ed), nor as weak as her series fiction (The Fog), in literary terms this offering languishes between the two.
Sally Estes
Disturbed by her parents' marital discord and completely taken for granted by Sean, her mechanically inclined boyfriend, Annie Lockwood is ripe for romance. And where better to find it than in the past--a past epitomized by the once elegant mansion about to be razed in her hometown. At the mansion during a storm, Annie finds herself falling 100 years back in time to a point, where she encounters the romantic idyll she has yearned for and where she alters the lives of several people when she and Hiram Stratton Jr. fall in love. But she realizes that the 1890s are not her time and makes the transition back to the present, only to realize that she has to return to prevent a miscarriage of justice because a ladies' maid has been wrongfully accused of murder. Life among the wealthy in the 1890s is nicely rendered, as are Annie's bittersweet experiences. However, after the first time, Annie's time shifting loses credibility, and her ready acceptance by the Strattons is forced. But romantics will be caught up by the story and will catch their breath at the cliff-hanger of an ending, when Annie, trying to return to her own time, falls even further back in time and "opened her eyes to see when, and what, came next."

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Random House Childrens Books
Publication date:
Both Sides of Time Series , #1
Product dimensions:
3.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
11 - 15 Years

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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.

Anniebrushed 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.

Copyright 2001 by Caroline B. Cooney

Meet 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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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.
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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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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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/fantasy...it 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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved the book for all the romace and suspense and i read the whole series but i was a little disappointed in the end of each book. the last one was really a bummer
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book thinking it would be about time travel. I was dead wrong. Both Sides of Time, and the other books in this series were centered on romance. Maybe I would like it more if I liked stories about love, but I don't! I suppose that those who like to read about that sort of thing would like it, but to me, the adventure reader, it was boring and (at some points) sickening. I did not even identify with the main characters. To me, Annie and Strat were stuck-up children who need to look at something other than a mirror or eachother. I gave this book 2 stars only because I thought the discription was good, and Cooney portrayed the 1800's vividly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely amazing and I finished reading it while I was sick in bed; I had bought it the day before fortunately. You just have to read it because it's absolutely captivating!!