The Time Traveler’s Guide To Modern Romance Review

I was given e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review

Title: Time Traveler’s Guide To Modern Romance
Madeline J. Reynolds
Release Date:
March 4th, 2019
Age Range:
Young Adult
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?


This book was okay.

It’s that book that you think is cute and it was pretty easy to read, but there wasn’t anything that made it stand out to you. There wasn’t anything there that made it a favorite or made you dislike it. It was just a good book that you’d suggest to someone who’s in a reading slump and likes queer scifi time travel.

The only thing that had me bothered were two things. One, the main characters description of bisexual. There are more genders than just guys and gals my friend. And two, the time travel. There is no explanation on how the time travel works. There’s absolutely no logic on how it works, which leads you to believe that it’s magic. But it’s like the only magical item in the world that the book mentions which is weird. I feel like it would have been nice to know how exactly the time travel worked.

I asked for an e-arc of this book because it was both queer and about time travel. I love seeing queer rep, especially bisexual rep, in books and I love the idea of time travel, so I thought his would be a fun book to read. And it was. There was the funny what is this music moments and the time traveler discovering cars for the first time moment and they were fun to read.

Over all, if you can get past those two parts of the book that put me off from it a bit and you like time travel, it’s a fluffy story to read if your just looking to read something and can’t find anything else that sounds interesting.

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