Parents' Guide to

Both Sides of Time

By Monica Wyatt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Fast-moving pulp fiction.

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age 13+

Both Sides of Time

It captures your attention. It was very age appropriate for kids around 13-15 years old. And the story doesn't end with this book it keeps going! I read it before my daughter and I was hooked.

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This time-travel romance, the first in a series, both entertains and teaches, though it recycles the hackneyed plots and conventions of the potboiler romance. The story is practically lifted from the gothic romances of an earlier era, complete with murder and Irish maids speaking brogue, which destroys any literary pretensions for the book. Caroline Cooney writes authentic teen dialogue, and juxtaposes Annie's modern speech with Strat's proper Victorian English in an almost comic fashion.

But the way in which Cooney depicts the restrictions on women gives the book some value beyond pulp entertainment. Few teenagers realize how far women have come in 100 years. In BOTH SIDES OF TIME upper-class women have no control over their lives -- they are imprisoned in corsets, gasping for breath, fainting frequently, and obeying men in all things. Though somewhat overstated, the cultural history here will open readers' eyes.

Book Details

  • Author: Caroline B. Cooney
  • Genre: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publication date: January 1, 1995
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 14
  • Number of pages: 210
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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