Book Feature: The Time Traveler’s Boyfriend

by Anaiya on June 13, 2014

The Time Traveler’s Boyfriend

The Time Traveler's Boyfriend

From beloved author Annabelle Costa…

Claudia’s geeky boyfriend Adam has just invented a time machine.

No, really—he has. She doesn’t believe it either until Adam provides her with definitive proof that he does, in fact, have a functioning time travel device sitting in the living room of his Manhattan brownstone.

But instead of getting ready to accept the Nobel Prize, Adam has very different plans for his groundbreaking invention. He wants Claudia to use the machine to travel back in time and stop the accident that landed him in a wheelchair over a decade ago, and prevent the trajectory of events that he believes ruined his life.

When Claudia reluctantly agrees to become the first human time traveler, she knows she’s making a big gamble. If she succeeds, she could have the happy ending with commitment-phobic Adam that she’s always dreamed of. But if she fails, it could mean the end of the universe as she knows it.

Other Books From Annabelle Costa…

* The Boy Next Door

* Harvard Hottie

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Reeka aka BoundbyWords June 13, 2014 at 4:42 pm
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars
If you’re looking for a quick, start-of-summer read, check this one out!, May 11, 2014
I’m going to tuck my literary magnifying glasses away, and write a review for The Time Traveler’s Boyfriend based on exactly what it was trying to be: a cutesy book with a slightly deeper life lesson. Time travel in my fiction is as near and dear to my heart as my own flesh and blood, yes, the dramatics are necessary. I LOVE time-travel, the concept of it, the execution of it through words, and ONE DAY! the execution of it in real life…yes? *sigh* One can only hope. Needless to say, The Time Traveler’s Boyfriend wasn’t going for the Nobel prize in the science and explanation of time-travel, for that wasn’t the point of this book. It was an exploration of life, and the lessons it lays out for us along the way, should you be so inclined as to stoop down and pick them up.

Claudia is in love. For the first time she’s found her heart, and it’s within Adam, the super geeky inventor boyfriend, who also happens to be a paraplegic. His disability was a focus, but not in the typical way. His character wasn’t belittled, or made to seem any different than a character that was able to stand. He was sexy, and charming, and intelligent (genius, really), and he made one HECK of a boyfriend. This aspect was, by far, my favourite, and I wished more authors had the guts to introduce more intellectually, or physically, challenged characters into their books.

Adam creates a time machine. Or as he would rather put it, a “wormhole”. He then makes a ‘simple’ request of Claudia: he wants her to travel back in time, and stop the accident that permanently confined him to a wheelchair. She obliges, and embarks on a journey of a lifetime (literally). The consequences were to be expected, and the moments of hilarity and distress were in the multiples. Annabelle’s writing was very matter-of-fact, as in “this happened, and then this happened, and then next I did this, and then here’s some more facts.” There was little ambiguity, but there I go again, over-analyzing what was meant to be a cute feel-good tale about being happy with the cards you were dealt.

The Time Traveler’s Boyfriend was entertaining, to say the most, and I definitely appreciated what the author was going for. The characters were likable, and I found that I was quite attached to Claudia by the end of it. If you’re looking for a quick, start-of-summer read, check this one out!

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DevoGirl June 13, 2014 at 5:40 pm
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
sweet romance with a sci fi twist, February 17, 2014
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This review is from: The Time Traveler’s Boyfriend (Kindle Edition)
Claudia is in her mid thirties and so ready to settle down and put her wild past behind her. She’s got a great boyfriend, Adam, but somehow he just isn’t ready to commit, and it’s making her crazy. She knows the reason is some bitch who broke his heart shortly after the accident that left him a paraplegic. If only she could go back in time and somehow undo the damage–lucky for her Adam has invented a working time machine.

If the sci fi premise seems far-fetched, trust me, just go with it, because it’s totally worth it. Costa doesn’t go too far into the science details–that’s not the point. It’s really an allegory about confronting your past, knowing yourself, and maturing from the extended adolescence of your early twenties to a more settled, adult life in your thirties. I could really relate to Claudia’s mixture of embarrassment and defensiveness when considering her own wild years.

The romance between Adam and Claudia is so sweet. At first when Claudia’s frustrated with him he seemed a little cold, but he really grew on me, and by the end I was tearing up. His disability is portrayed very realistically, but it’s not the main focus. Most stories with a wheelchair and time travel would center around fixing the disability, but this book is much more about changing attitudes and emotions.

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Valerie Fink "StuckInBooks" June 13, 2014 at 6:29 pm
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars
The cover really fits this one!, April 20, 2014
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Valerie Fink “StuckInBooks” (Northglenn, CO USA) –
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This review is from: The Time Traveler’s Boyfriend (Kindle Edition)
First Impressions…

The cover really is cute and the blurb had my interest. I enjoy a little sci fi thrown in with my story. I haven’t read this author before but I was excited to give this one a try.

The Characters…

Both Claudia and Adams are older. They’re in a committed relationship but Adam is reluctant to take the next step. He claims he was ruined by events in his life before he met Claudia. Claudia just loves him and wants to get married and have children. Her biological clock is running at age 36 and her mother would like grandchildren. I loved how Adam took care of Claudia when she had a migraine. I loved how Claudia saw the sexy in Adam. I enjoyed both of these characters.

The Story…

For a story with older characters, this one really has a YA feel. The cover is perfect for that feel. I expected BAM to come bouncing out of the book at any moment. Very cartoonish, very cute. But I could clearly see where this one was going. Enjoyable and certainly different, it has more of puerile style than most adult books.

Could I Put It Down…

It’s pretty short, less than 200 pages so no need to put it down. As for whether I wanted to, I could have easily.
In The End…

I think this is an adult book that teens would enjoy. The characters are older but the themes are there and the feel is perfect. So if you’re an adult who loves YA, this might be a good fit.

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