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Monday, April 16, 2018

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Summary: "Tom Hazard has just moved back his to London, his old home, to settle down and become a high school history teacher. And on his first day at school, he meets a captivating French teacher who seems fascinated by him. But Tom has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history--performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life.

Unfortunately for Tom, the Albatross Society, the secretive group which protects people like Tom, has one rule: Never fall in love. As painful memories of his past and the erratic behavior of the Society's watchful leader threaten to derail his new life and romance, the one thing he can't have just happens to be the one thing that might save him. Tom will have to decide once and for all whether to remain stuck in the past, or finally begin living in the present."

Even though this book was just published in February of this year, it is wildly popular right now and is already slated to become a movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch (all hail the Cumberlord!).  So I was expecting something life altering with huge life-lessons and all the feels.  Did I get that?  Not really.  While this book was good, it was not one I finished and immediately clutched to my chest as a new love.  I was able to pick it up and put it down intermittently over a few days.  And while I did finish it, and the ending was fine, nothing grabbed me or moved me throughout the entire novel.  The characters felt a little flat, almost stereotypical - the domineering Society boss, the naive love, the missing jaded child, etc.  I found myself not truly caring about Tom's struggles or about his interactions with the Society, his colleagues, or his loves.  I think the author took stock characters and inserted them into a new interesting premise, hoping the world would make up the slack of the lackluster characters.  It did, but not fully.

3.5/5

336 pages

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