The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

[Originally posted on tumblr on 22. April 2013]


‘The Time Traveler’s Wife' by Audrey Niffenegger was recommended to me by a friend (Spiegelfaenger here on tumblr). I finally got around to read it. Like, almost a year after actually getting this book. Took me long enough.

First of all, I’d like to point out something weird: It seems like some people rate this book badly out of spite. I can perfectly understand if you simply don’t like a book. People don’t like the same things and that’s alright. It’s only that I think some people disliked this book because of the genre:
In my opinion this is a romance book with science fiction elements. If you label this science fiction than of course you won’t be satisfied. Henry’s time travelling was more like a story device than the main plot. The main plot is about Clare and Henry falling in love with each other. A romance story. Simple.

I thought this was a pretty entertaining book. The middle part felt a bit long to me because there wasn’t really much going on. Then, all of sudden the last part of the book was just tragic. Well, the good kind of tragic because all of sudden I really cared a lot about what happened to the characters.
There were parts of this book that made me stop reading and look up for a moment because… I don’t know. Did you ever have such a moment when you read a book and then had to stop and look up and you know…? Like, something’s hitting you but not really.
I guess this only makes sense to people who had this happen to them.

I liked this book well enough. It won’t become one of my favourites but I liked reading it. :)