There are a few books that I am seriously considering re-reading even though it is not my normal Modus Operandi.
This is a love story that has a very mild sci-fi touch. Basically the main character of the story, Henry, has a disorder called Chrono Displacement Disorder that randomly causes him to physically time travel to various parts of his life...past or future. If you are not a sci-fi fan, you should not be scared of this book. It is sci-fi lite, no real science or geeky formulas or anything. The sci-fi just provides an interesting stage for a great love story.
I am a sucker for time travel stories (I am not sure why), so when I saw this displayed on the new releases shelf at the bookstore I immediately picked it up. I was snared by a quote the was printed along the display that went something like this "Henry met his wife, Claire, for the first time when he was 28 and she was 20. Claire, however, has known Henry her entire life meeting him when he was in his 40s and she was 6 years old." That was just too intriguing of a hook for me to pass up.
What I really liked about this book was the narrative style. For the most part, the first half of the book is from Henry's point of view. Him travelling, learning about his condition, and meeting his wife at a younger age. Henry always seems to be wise since he knows so much about the future. The second half of the book is more from Claire's point of view. We have caught up to the present and now Claire is the one with all the knowledge because all of these time travel trips happened when she was a little girl. The style was just completely engaging and made you want to read just one more chapter.
This is on the top of my list of books to re-read when I have the time and desire. It probably would have happened already but a co-worker borrowed it and quit before returning it...even though I had asked for it. What a bitch! I'm sure I will buy it again sometime in the very near future...it is probably my favorite book that I randomly picked up. Definitely my favorite written in the past few years. Maybe not a classic, but definitely a nice, fun read.
The movie is set to release in August. I am not sure how I feel about that. I don't think it will be able to match the feeling of the book, but I thought that about Lord of the Rings and they did a good job. Not happy that Eric Bana is Henry as I always found him somewhat blasé. Rachel McAdams will be a good Claire though...and Ron Livingston is in it, so bonus points there.