Mike Reviews: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Genre: science fiction, romance

Format: Audiobook (also available on Kindle and paperback)

I’ve had this one on my re-read list for a while, I enjoyed it so much the first time around. It’s also in my favourites folder, which tells you my basic thoughts on the novel. It’s safe to say I like it.

The unusual love story of Clare and Henry, who met when Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, but got married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one.

Henry suffers from Chrono-Displacement Disorder, wherein his genetic clock will reset and he will find himself traveling through time to both his past and future. Henry’s time-traveling is unpredictable and spontaneous, yet the couple try to live a normal life.

Admittedly, I don’t read much hetero romance at all, but every now and again I will come across a book, that while being part of that genre, will intrigue me. I can’t say for sure what it was that initially attracted me to this book, because I first read it so long ago, but it was likely the time travel aspect of it.

The author flips back and forth between Clare and Henry’s perspective (and in audible form, both main characters have different voice performers).

At the beginning, she also moves back and forth in time, from Clare and Henry’s first meetings when Clare is young, to present day. Initially the “rules” of the time traveling can be a little confusing to get your head around, but once you get a grasp on it, it flows pretty seamlessly. I really like how Niffenegger portrays their relationship, she covers quite a lot of the minutiae of their everyday lives, seemingly “boring” events, but it weirdly makes you feel like you’re also a part of their relationship and I found myself more attached to them for those reasons.

I don’t have many complaints for this one, although it is a ‘marmite’ sort of book. While plenty of people, myself included, love this book, a lot of others seem to really dislike it.

I’ve read those reviews and I just don’t feel the same way as them. The only criticism I can understand is about the length of book, which is quite lengthy, but I do enjoy a longer story, so it suits me just fine.

They’ve also made it into a movie, and, I’ve just found out, like ten minutes ago, a brand new TV series (which I’m going to have to check out soon).

Overall, this is a really beautiful, heart-breaking and fascinating story that will make you believe in true love and go through an entire box of Kleenex, along the way, (no you perv! Not for that reason, he-he).

Goodreads rating: 3.99

Mike’s rating: 4.5

Page count: 592

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