Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet. Why would they? Anna is sixteen in 1995, fiercely determined to leave her quiet town and finally travel the world. Bennett's seventeen in 2012, living in San Francisco and trying to control his ability to travel through time - an incredible gift, but also an unpredictable curse, which constantly threatens to separate him from the people he loves.
When Bennett suddenly finds himself in Anna's world, they are inescapably drawn to one another - it's almost as if they have met before. But they both know, deep down, that it can never last. For no matter how desperate Bennett is to stay with Anna, his condition will inevitably knock him right back to where he belongs - and Anna will be left to pick up the pieces.
Referred to as a younger version of Time Travellers Wife, I knew I would love this. It was refreshingly different, as the story was told from Anna's perspective and Bennett has a bit more control over his power. But he's not back in 1995 for no reason; his family using him for his powers in varying degrees and his sister does it for music concerts. Trouble is, he went back too far and lost her, so he is hanging around hoping that she is ok.
Anna was surprisingly strong for a girl facing a guy with time and space travelling powers and when everything hits the fan, she knows she can't mope around forever; I really admired her inner strength and character for doing what she did. As for Bennett, I liked him, he was a good guy, if misguided in his protective nature. But it's a time travel story, of course there is going to be many secrets that threaten both Bennett's relationship with Anna and Bennett himself. While I completely understand Anna's anger, I can see why Bennett does not tell her everything, let alone all at once; that would freak anyone out!
Heartbreak was inevitable but I had no idea it would happen in so many ways! Not only was Bennett likely to bounce back to his own time but Stone also messes around with the butterfly effect and let me tell you, my heart was in my throat and tears in my eyes for some parts! The one thing that really annoyed me in this book was Bennett's explanation for how he discovered his powers; his story of wishing himself into the school library as a kid was a bit lame and disappointing. But that one thing aside, I'm a sucker for romance and adored this story.
Published 25th October 2012 by Doubleday.