For the spot of a book that was turned into a movie, I read The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Normally in a case like this, I would be dying to see the movie right after reading the book, but in this case… I think I’ll pass. (Not because of the book necessarily- just because I’ve heard that the movie is TERRIBLE.)
The plot: This book is about a couple with a very non-traditional love story. Henry will randomly time-travel and spend time in another year/place before returning back to his present. Clare grows up with a pretty normal life… except that she gets visits from an older man who says will be her future husband. Clare gets to know the older Henry through the years, and when she finally meets Henry in both of their presents – younger Henry has no idea who she is. They date, fall in love, and deal with life; all while Henry keeps slipping in and out of the present to visit the past or the future.
My reaction: Overall, I liked this book. Yes, the ending did make me cry a little bit (even though you know what will happen way before you get to the end), but I had a hard time reading this because I just didn’t really like the characters that much. The plot was great and very well written and intricate, but the characters… meh. I just didn’t really enjoy them. I would even go as far as saying that I just did NOT like the main character Henry. He is the exact type of person that I would avoid in real life. Maybe that’s because I kept imagining this terrible character from New Girl while reading anything Henry did or said:
If you’ve seen the movie and were not impressed, then I would definitely tell you to give the book a go. It really was a great story premise and a topic that could have easily been made too complicated or too simplified- but Niffenegger really made time travel seem realistic, problematic, yet still magical and exciting all while adding a love story in the mix.