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. 

2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

Prompt: a book about time travel

Challenge update: 29/40(*50)

A Personal Note:

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There was a volcanic eruption back in the motherland… My family is fine, ash rained down on them but they’re alive and well… There are a lot of people who have been affected though… a whole community was buried alive… Pray for Guatemala… fortaleza chapina ❤ ❤ ❤

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15 thoughts on “The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

  1. Oh, dude, did not like this book at all… time travel love stories are just eh except for About Time. The love story was just eh… overhyped.
    Good to hear your family are safe, feel terrible for those who didn’t make it… such a terrifying and tragic thing to go through.

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    1. Aw I liked About Time!! Yeah, this one has been totally overhyped.
      Thank you! ❤ We were worried for a while there when we couldn't get in touch with them. But they're fine. Devastated by what happened though.

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  2. Enjoyed the book but I think I liked the movie a bit more as well. It had Eric Bana 🙂 (No, I think I just connected with that better.) Great review.

    I’m glad your family is safe. Best wishes!

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      1. It’s actually a strange little short story by Fitzgerald. The movie is the basic concept of aging backwards, but so much better. Brad Pitt is at his best in this film.

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