Gwen & Kate's Library

Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.

Gwen’s Summer Challenge: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (Adult)

The Time Traveler’s Wife is fantastic. The story idea is original and fascinating, and the prose is extremely engaging, simple, and easy to read. It kept me up late many nights because I couldn’t put it down!

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Series: The Time Traveler’s Wife, Book 1 (see review for details)

Genres: Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Contemporary Fiction

Rating: 5 stars!

Description:

Audrey Niffenegger’s dazzling debut is the story of Clare, a beautiful, strong-minded art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: his genetic clock randomly resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous and unpredictable, and lend a spectacular urgency to Clare and Henry’s unconventional love story. That their attempt to live normal lives together is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control makes their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

Review:

The Time Traveler’s Wife is fantastic. The story idea is original and fascinating, and the prose is extremely engaging, simple, and easy to read. It kept me up late many nights because I couldn’t put it down! Thank you thank you thank you Lydia for the wonderful recommendation!

While this book was not extremely eventful or action-packed, it was a beautiful and interesting one. The time travel concept was a wonderful science fiction/fantasy addition to a romance novel, that gives it the spice I think romance books need to remain engaging.

The plot flows like a life, telling the story of the lives of two lovers, Clare and Henry. (Small spoilers) First their meeting in “present day” when Clare is 20 and Henry is 28, then flashbacks to Clare’s childhood, their flirtation, marriage, attempt at children and eventual death. While the ending was sad, it was a bittersweet one.

Although I never got bored with the story, it did seem to drag on a little longer than necessary at parts. When I thought back on what had just happened, all I could often think of was “oh, just their normal life.” Luckily, their normal life was fascinating, and kept my eyes glued to the page the entire time!

I loved this book very much, and looking for more, I found that the author had written another novel that looks interesting, Her Fearful Symmetry, and many graphic novels in a similar style to Edward Gorey’s gothic tales, including Raven Girl, The Night Bookmobile, The Adventuress, and The Three Incestuous Sisters. 

But the most exciting news is that Audrey Niffenegger recently announced that she is writing a sequel to The Time Traveler’s Wife (see more on her website)! I can’t wait! In the meantime, the next adult fiction book I’ll be reading is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, a book-related mystery similar to The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

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One comment on “Gwen’s Summer Challenge: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (Adult)

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