From School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-This is one of those rare novels (Hyperion, 2012) that convincingly makes time travel look possible-think Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife (MacAdam/Cage, 2003) for teens. It's 1995 and Anna longs to travel the world, but unless she gets a running scholarship, she could be stuck in Evanston, Illinois, for college and possibility her entire life. Cue the irresistibly cute, new in town, shaggy-haired Bennett who just happens to be able to help Anna with her traveling goals. Bennett tries to end their budding relationship, claiming that he must leave Evanston in a month, but he can't stay away and slowly begins to test the bounds of time. Bennett has never stayed in one time period for this long. He's from San Francisco and in 2012 he left to find his sister whom he accidently lost in time. While the time traveling is consistent, the novel wraps up very neatly and a major plot line is left unexplained. Even so, teens will enjoy the delightful romance and the discussion-worthy topics about the limitations, consequences, and ethical questions that arise when dealing with time travel. Amy Rubinate's narration keeps Stone's story lively and she convincingly conveys Anna's worry and anger as she uncovers the pros and cons of having a time-traveling boyfriend. A solid addition for libraries seeking a light romance with a hint of sci-fi.-Amanda Schiavulli, Finger Lakes Library System, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Mystery and time travel blend with romance in this exciting debut novel. In suburban Chicago in 1995, 16-year-old Anna feels stuck at home, so she is excited to meet cute new student Bennett while running track. But what is he hiding? Is he a stalker? It turns out that he is from a time 17 years in the future, and he tells her about 2012 (including the wonder of cell phones). Bennett has the ability to disappear and reappear, and he can make others do the same. Even more astonishing is his power to “do over” anything that happens, and when Anna’s best friend, Emma, is severely injured in a car accident, Anna makes Bennett go back and erase the tragedy. But then Emma gets close with gorgeous Justin, whom Anna has always wanted to date. Can she erase that, too? Told in Anna’s authentic, first-person, present-tense voice, the story will hold readers with its twists and turns, present and future; its love, sadness, and anger; and especially, its surprising secrets. Grades 7-12. --Hazel Rochman