ARC Review || The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance by Madeline J. Reynolds

35500906Title: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance

By: Madeline J. Reynolds

Pages: 224

Published TODAY: March 4th, 2019

By: Entangled Teen

Genre: Contemporary|LGBT+|YA|Science-Fiction

Elias Caldwell needs more than his life in nineteenth-century England has to offer. He’d rather go on an adventure than spend one more minute at some stuffy party. When his grandfather gives him a pocket watch he claims can transport him to any place and time, Elias doesn’t believe it…until he’s whisked away to twenty-first-century America.

Tyler Forrester just wants to fall hopelessly in love. But making that kind of connection with someone has been more of a dream than reality. Then a boy appears out of thin air, a boy from the past. As he helps Elias navigate a strange new world for him, introducing him to the wonders of espresso, binge-watching, and rock and roll, Tyler discovers Elias is exactly who he was missing.

But their love has time limit. Elias’s disappearance from the past has had devastating side effects, and now he must choose where he truly belongs—in the Victorian era, or with the boy who took him on an adventure he never dreamed possible?

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I want to thank NetGalley and Entangled: Teen for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

Oh wow, that was such a lovely story, I enjoyed it. Plots that include time travel themes are usually my favorite thing and this has given me a really entertaining plot with honest and funny characters


The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance is a fun and sweet story about a romance between two boys from different eras. Elias, a rich young man from the 1886 London, gets a pocket watch from his grandfather who tells him that it has the power to travel through time. He uses it to escape from a life where felt he didn’t fit in and ends up in a 21st-century library, where he meets Tyler, a young student who dreams of being a film director. So they start an extremely adorable romance story where they’ll learn many lessons together. 

I find this little story to be something that everyone should read when you feel overwhelmed because I think it’s so sweet and easy to read that it really felt like a breath of fresh air. I think that although I enjoyed it, it’s pretty cheesy and even childish at times, but I still recommend it especially if you usually enjoy the plots with time travel and want to read a beautiful gay romance, full of acceptance and discovery

This isn’t a super complex book where thousands of things happen, the plot is very simple and focuses directly on the life of the two main characters, and how they manage to connect and understand each other even though they’re from such different times. It’s full of humorous moments, super fun, where Elias tries to become familiar with the technology and all these new words we know today. That seemed super fun to me

The characters are fine, we have Elias and he’s the one who embarks on this journey to the future and is surrounded by things he doesn’t know, so he has the best scenes. Elias is considered quite rebellious for his time and that’s why he has never fit there, but as soon as he meets Tyler he feels an instant connection that he had never experienced before and is so sweet, I love it. Tyler is this type of person that always stays apart from others for fear of being rejected but has two very good friends, Oscar and Zoe, who are always there for him. He’s openly bisexual, and I love how he expresses himself about it since he’s very clear and sure about it. I loved Zoe, despite being a secondary character I loved her personality.

The writing style is quite simple, it feels more like a book for younger people, you know? it’s very easy and quick to read, it may seem a bit childish, but it wasn’t a problem for me, I enjoyed the story anyway.

This book has a very predictable ending, where everything ends with a “Happy Ending”, but I personally expected it to end a little earlier,there was a special chapter near the end that I think fit perfectly as an ending, maybe it was something a little more “tragic “, but it would have been a beautiful ending to this romance, even so, I understand that the author wants to give it a better closure, I respect that, and I think you’ll find it adorable

If you want a quick reading, maybe for a read-a-thon that is focused on a romance with a very interesting time travel theme, then I highly recommend this book. It’s also very fun! 


3.5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 💫

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