Time Between Us
By Tamara Ireland Stone
Publication date: Oct. 9, 2012
Hyperion, 384 pages
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.
— Goodreads.com description
When I first read the description for Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone, I thought: “Chicago? A girl named Anna? What’s not to love?”
Turns out, my high expectations were spot-on.
Tamara Ireland Stone swept me off my feet instantly. By the end of the prologue, I was already invested the characters, dying to find out how everything would click into place, and so so so thankful I was reading this book on a long flight with very little to interrupt me.
I’m sure the author is sick of people describing it as “the YA version of The Time Traveler’s Wife, but, yeah…that’s sort of how I’d describe it. That’s not to say it isn’t original and surprising – trying to connect the dots, the time and location switches and the two different points of view definitely kept me guessing.
Another thing I loved? 1995! I love the ‘90s, and the references to teenage life in this era was spot-on and made me delightfully reminiscent.
My one teeny-tiny complaint? For such a romantic book, there wasn’t a ton of kissing. JUST SAYING. MORE KISSING! Hahaha — can you tell I was into the love story?
If you’re into sweet and sweeping romances, Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone is one you must check out. Absolutely beautiful.
Note: Time travel! Amazing concept, right? I asked Tamara to share her own wish list — all the times and places she’d visit if she had Bennett’s power. Thank you so much for obliging me, Tamara! xoxo, Anna from Chicago.
I’ve been to quite a few incredible places in the world, but I’ve barely scratched the surface. And if I could travel like Bennett does? Let’s just say the list of destinations is really long.
But I’ll keep this to a short top five. And, I’ll stick to Bennett’s rules: No going forward, and I can only go back to the day I was born.
1. Boracay, The Philippines—1996
In Time Between Us, Bennett occasionally talks about going back to places that have dramatically changed over the last seventeen years. His unique perspective gives him the ability to view locations that were once peaceful and unspoiled and compare them with what they are now: built up with resorts and crowded with people.
That’s an idea I get from my husband. He started traveling after college, and he’s been to some incredible places. Sadly, most of them are very different today than they were in the 90s.
In 1996, he visited China and on the way home, he spent a few days in Boracay, a tiny island in The Philippines.
There was no pier — you had to jump out of the boat twenty feet before the shore and wade to the sand with your luggage on your head. The beach was white and the sand was soft. When you were sitting on it, a nice man with a friendly smile came by every few hours and diced a whole pineapple into tiny bite-sized pieces in less than twenty seconds. The pineapple was indescribably delicious.
I didn’t get to go with him. And today this beach is packed with hotels and tourists. I want to go back to 1996 and squeeze that white sand between my toes while I eat pineapple chunks that defy description.
2. The Fall of the Berlin Wall—1989
I was in college when I heard the news on November 9, 1989. The German media declared: “This is a historic day. East Germany has announced that, starting immediately its borders are open to everyone… the gates in the Berlin Wall stand open.”
I remember watching footage of the “Mauerspechte” in action and wishing I could see it firsthand.
“…people came to the wall… to chip off souvenirs, demolishing lengthy parts of it in the process and creating several unofficial border crossings. These people were nicknamed “Mauerspechte” (wall woodpeckers).” (Source: Wikipedia; image source: guardian.co.uk)
3. Green Day on Gilman, 1992
I got the original idea for Time Between Us from a discussion I had with my husband. We were having a funny conversation about superpowers and he asked me what power I’d choose. Without skipping a beat, I said I wished I could time travel.
But then I clarified it, and said I wouldn’t want to go back that far. I just wanted to go back to the early 90’s for a few hours and see Green Day when they were playing at < a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czJuT8m6OLg”>924 Gilman in Berkeley.
How fun would that be? To go back in time and see bands you love when they were first starting out, playing in tiny clubs. Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to see them before anyone—even the band members—knew who they were going to become?
(Green Day at 924 Gilman Street, Berkeley. Source: SPIN Magazine)
4. Studio 54, 1978
I love all kinds of music. But the friends who have known me longest will tell you there’s one kind of music that moves me most: Disco. Yep. Disco.
So I’d go back to Studio 54, New York’s hotspot in the 70’s, for one magical Saturday night. I’d put on a gold lamé dress and some sparky shoes. My hair would be perfectly feathered. There would be glitter. And I’d get lost under the disco ball and the colorful lights, dancing my heart out… “I love the nightlife, I’ve got to boogie”.
Here, allow me to further embarrass myself.
My boyfriend-now-husband and a bunch of our friends threw a Disco Christmas party back in the mid-90s. Here we are:
First song at our wedding? This one.
Wow, this is getting ugly.
I’d better get to #5…
5. October 1997
I can go anywhere for this one. I would just need access to a computer so I can open an online trading account.
In October 1997, I was working for a Silicon Valley public relations firm. Steve Jobs had just returned to Apple as CEO, and he chose our firm to lead the company’s PR effort. The partners of the firm chose me to lead the team. It was a huge honor. I got to work on the Think Different campaign and support a brand I wholeheartedly believed in.
But Apple wasn’t the company it is today. It was in trouble. And the stock price was hovering around $5 a share.
Did I buy any Apple stock? Nope. None.
Today, one share is worth almost $700.
Working with Apple back then was an inspiring experience. I don’t need to relive it, but I wouldn’t mind going back in time for a few minutes so I could buy some $5 stock.