I received an e-arc of this book from netgalley and this is my honest review.
March 1st 2017
Still mourning the loss of her beloved grandmother and shaken by her mysterious, dying request to “find the baby,” Abbi has just arrived at UW Madison for her freshman year. But on her second day, she wakes up to a different world: 1983. That is just the first stop on Abbi’s journey backward through time. Will is a charming college freshman from 1927 who travels forward through time. When Abbi and Will meet in the middle, love adds another complication to their lives. Communicating across time through a buried time capsule, they try to decode the mystery of their travel, find the lost baby, and plead with their champion, a kindly physics professor, to help them find each other again … even though the professor gets younger each time Abbi meets him. This page-turning story full of romance, twists, and delightful details about campus life then and now will stay with readers long after the book’s satisfying end.
First things first, I loved this book! But, the synopsis does paint very different expectations, this book is more contemporary fluff than sic-fi. Which, in my current grieving/reading slump state was exactly what I needed.
The romance was super cute, all the characters, even minor ones, were compelling and I loved seeing the way histories intertwined as Abbi travelled through time. The foreshadowing was well done, without making any conclusions too blatantly obvious, just enough to make you feel like “yeah, oh course thats what it is!”.
The book is well paced, though the writing at times, particularly in the beginning, feels off. It is a fast, fun read though. I was satisfied with it. Though at some points it felt too short, I wanted more, as is often the case with contemporary.
Abby and Will’s relationship gave me Strong 11 and River Song vibes. I loved Professor Smith as well, and the way we see him, and other characters, grow, change, and regress as we see them in different times. I liked that there was a reason – solving the mystery, making sure the past happened as it should – for Abbi to be the one time traveling, no mystical Chosen One BS. I do wish we saw more than the physics and science, rather than Abbi brushing it off as too complicated, but thats the pre-med aspiring science nerd in me that watches too much Doctor Who and Star Trek.
I don’t want to say too much, the synopsis already spoils enough, but if you like cross-genre books, soft scifi, time travel romance, or any thing of the sort, I highly recommend this book!
Read If You Like:
- The Love That Split The World
- Because You’ll Never Meet Me
- The Catastrophic History of Me and You