Part 1. What I did like.
Part 2. What I didn't like.
For the record, I am not a fan of the romance genre. I only read this one 'cause it also had time travel. But there was this really cute scene where he's worried about how her family is going to react to him...
"They'll adore you."
"I adore you. Come here."
And I just started T-rexing and stroking my face with the book because that is adorable. ^^^
What I did like
- It was very smart.
- The bibliophillic nature
- Parts were very heartfelt
- And Funny
What I didn't like
-The characters were completely flawless
- Too much sex
- There were like 30 pages at the end of the book which were not actually part of the story
- It was kind of long
Firstly, if you're going to write a book about time-travel especially one like this where he ends up in random places at random times, you need a way for the reader to keep up. That's the first thing I thought that Audrey Niffenegger did very well. The start of each chapter would tell you what year and month and day it was and also tell you how old the characters were. For example, Saturday, December 22, 1991 (Henry is 28 and 33. Clare is 20). That's how the chapter would start and the chapters would jump around from present to past to future. It was interesting in the sense that you would know what happens in the "future" but then when the event actually happens it's a bit like "Woah! I did not see that coming!" (even though you totally did, it would still be a shock because of different perspectives).
Secondly, Henry (the protagonist) works in a library and that's where he meets Clare even though Clare met him years before (it's all a bit timey-wimey). They share a love of books and there's this one scene where they go to this old, vintage book store. "Then I begin to peruse the shelves dreamily, inhaling the deep dusty smell of paper, glue, old carpets and wood." That was the part that I just UGH! YES! BOOKS!!! Someone understands me.
Thirdly, when I say heartfelt, I mean, like, well, my reaction was kind of like this...
Fourthly, this book was witty. I kept snort laughing at stupid things they would say. And that's always something much appreciated in a book.
I felt that Henry DeTamble as the protagonist was a bit too perfect. It seemed to me that his main character "flaw" was the fact that he time traveled randomly and couldn't control it. Like he keeps disappearing at important moments or getting into trouble because of it and whatever. But as a character he was pretty much perfect, albeit a bit shallow when he first meets Clare. He works in a library, he's gorgeous, polite, considerate, a good cook. You name it. He just felt a bit one dimensional that way.
Going on from how I feel like Henry was a bit shallow, there was wayyyyy toooooo much sex in this book. I understand and can tolerate that sometimes a sex scene here and there is, dare I say, necessary, like when they're trying to have children. But I feel like his whole side of the relationship at an early stage was based entirely on the sex. And after a while I started skimming and getting bored with how much unnecessary sex they were having. My face exactly >>>
And lastly, I thought it was a bit long. Now don't get me wrong, I love a good long novel as much as the next person (possibly more) but I felt that at parts it dragged on. Mostly near the beginning, I was questioning whether I would bother finishing (of course I would. I'm a committed person). I would wonder where it was going and also if they could stop with the sex. But the last 100 pages or so were just so perfect and heartbreaking. And it's always the ending that either make or break a book. And because of the ending which left me looking like Zac Efron (I wish)....
Also, for future reference dear people at ballet who like to interrupt me while I'm reading and crying.... Please stop! Thanks