The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 


The Time Traveler’s Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger
Pages: 537
Source: Purchased
This is the extraordinary love story of Clare and Henry, who met when Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-two and Henry was thirty. Impossible but true, because Henry suffers from a rare condition where his genetic clock periodically resets and he finds himself pulled suddenly into his past or future. In the face of this force they can neither prevent nor control, Henry and Clare’s struggle to lead normal lives is both intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.
There was a huge buzz around this book on the book board I frequent. I didn’t really buy into all the hype, as there were many other books I wanted to read first. I was at the thrift shop one day and came across this book for only 99 cents. I couldn’t pass it up. I figured, though, that it would end up sitting on my shelf for quite a while. I got into a reading funk though, and couldn’t decide what book to read, so I hesitantly pick this up. I say hesitantly, because I was pretty sure that TTW was a book you really need to be invested in. I get so attached to characters when I read, that I wasn’t sure if I could do this after the Twilight saga. I needed a “fluffy” read, and this wasn’t it.
I really enjoyed this book. At first, it was difficult to get into, because the point of view changes. It really took me about 75 pages to feel comfortable with the style. In the book, the main characters are both artsy Chicagoans. I couldn’t really relate to that scene, but the author didn’t overdo it with the artsy-ness of the book. I feel like I got to know the characters well enough without being completely entranced by them. Will this book go on my list of favorite books ever? Probably not. I definately would recommend it to others. This was a good love story, without too much mush. I don’t really know how else to describe it. If you have a free weekend, give it a try!