Henry DeTamble has the ability to time travel. As a grown man, he frequently travels back in time and visits a young girl, Clare, who will eventually grow up and become his wife. This is their love story. Through all the trials and tribulations of his frequent disappearances and their subsequent inability to alter their future.
Not going to lie, this book creeped me out for a hot second. Clare meets Henry when she is barely six years old and he is in his late 30’s/early 40’s. He already knows everything that will happen between them in the future. But Clare obviously doesn’t. She becomes obsessed with Henry, the strange man that pops in and out of her life throughout her childhood. He lets it slip that in the future they are married. So did she even have a choice when it came to falling in love with him?
Once the story progressed out of Clare’s childhood, I was able to become immersed in their story. She finally meets Henry within the same time line and their relationship quickly moves forward. You can really see the love they have for one another. In that sense, it’s like a normal relationship. He just happens to disappear every once in a while haha.
Anyway, everyone around Clare keeps telling her that Henry is trouble. Which is understandable. Before Clare, Henry is a wild man dating an unstable woman. But once he’s with Clare, he changes. He becomes a more decent person. I don’t think their friends fully understood the nuances of their shared history. Besides, their friend Gomez is an asshole that needs to leave Clare alone. I could not tolerate him at all. Dude, you’re married! Move the fuck on! Ugh. Stupid Gomez.
The ending upset me. I knew where the story was headed, but I was in denial. It’s a bit bittersweet. Henry has this amazing ability but is unable to control it. It puts him in precarious situations when he is at his most vulnerable. Henry and Clare really were powerless, weren’t they?
Overall, while I did like it for the most part, I think it’s been way overhyped. I think I’ll stick to the movie.
Prompt: a book about time travel
Challenge update: 29/40(*50)
A Personal Note:
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