Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet. Why would they? Anna's a 16-year-old in 1995, fiercely determined to secure a running scholarship so she can leave her quiet, dull town and finally travel the world. Bennett's a 17-year-old in 2012, living in San Francisco and trying to control his ability to travel through time - an incredible gift, but also an unpredictable curse, which constantly threatens to separate him from the people he loves.
When a minor lapse in judgment puts his sister Brooke in danger, Bennett finds himself 2,000 miles and 17 years away - in Anna's world. As he searches for Brooke, Bennett is strangely and inescapably drawn to Anna, who feels sure she's seen him somewhere before. Through the gorgeous, mysterious newcomer, able to travel anywhere in a split second, Anna visits deserted tropical beaches and stunning mediterranean coastlines for the first time, and they can't help falling for each other.
But they both know, deep down, that it can never last. For no matter how desperate Bennett is to stay with Anna, his uncontrollable condition will inevitably knock him right back to where he belongs - and Anna will be left to pick up the pieces.
My tween daughter and I loved listening to this together in the car. It was the kind of story that made us look for excuses to drive places so we could listen, and several times we stayed in the car listening after we'd arrived at our destination.
Beautifully narrated by Amy Rubinate. We were pleased to find she's also narrated many other books, which we'll be seeking out. We also love A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Grey.
I'd have happily listened to this on my own, too, even without my daughter!
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