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Peek Inside The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance

Elias travels from nineteenth-century England to twenty-first century America and meets Tyler. Together they find the happiness they’d each been missing. But their love has a time limit.

The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance

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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?


A sweet coming of age story with time traveling touch.” -Ivana H., Goodreads

This book was a load of cute. That’s the best way to describe it. It’s quick and easy to read and the characters are extremely likeable.” -Natasha B., Goodreads

“From the beginning, this book was so easy to read. It was fast-paced and the romance in it was really cute!” -Kelly Booklover

The story just had me smiling the entire time. I went in expecting a fun, light story and that’s exactly what I got. Elias and Tyler’s relationship was just really cute, and that’s pretty much how I would describe the whole book. These two boys in love brought me much joy!” -Jenny A., Goodreads

“I just love time travel books and this is no exception. It's such an amazing story about two boys who are from different worlds and yet somehow find themselves on an adventure together.” -Fizza Y., Goodreads

“There were a lot of funny moments and I couldn’t stop myself from smiling while reading this book!” -Shirly C., NetGalley

A beautiful and wonderfully engaging book, The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance was a fantastic read for me! This book really made me hungry in a sense to read more. I love when books do that for me, and the story was fantastic! I cannot recommend this enough!” -Ashley W., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640636286
Release Date: Mar 4, 2019
Page Count: 224
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, fantasy, historical time travel, historical victorian, lgbtq, young adult
Tropes: fish out of water, overcoming odds

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By Silvia February 22, 2019

I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

When I heard about the premise of this book I just knew that I had to read it. Time travelling gays from Victorian England? Hell yes.

The book is na ...more

By Danielle's March 09, 2019

Nineteenth century meets the modern world.

Elias Caldwell doesn’t fit into his nineteenth-century life. He wants things he shouldn’t and he feels something is missing. He watches the people around him find their place but his talent is hidden. After an argument with his parents, Elias discovers his g ...more

By Sabrina May 08, 2019

Time travel gay character? I’m in.

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I did not know what to expect of this read. I hadn’t read anything by this author before and I can say that now that I know what to expect I will definitely be looking forward for more ...more

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 ch ...more

By Natasha February 15, 2019

Review also on my blogTwitterBookstagram


Rep: bi main character, gay main character, m/m romance

I received an arc from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review

This book was a load of cute. That’s the best way to describe it. It’s quick and easy to read and the characte ...more

By Ayah March 14, 2019

3.5 stars

I've had this book on my radar ever since I finished reading Madeline's debut novel, Illusions. Illusions actually made it to my Top 18 in 2018 bookish list, so I had very high hopes for this one. I was expecting a lot of Sci-Fi and Time Travel themes to be integrated throughout the story, ...more

By Faith February 08, 2019

I was given an advanced copy of this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Although this book is relatively short (I went through it all in one 3 hour sitting) it packs quite the punch, emotionally speaking. From the synopsis, I knew that I just had to read this book. Despite how sh ...more

By Kirsti April 16, 2019

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

Ok, so while I thought the story was kind of cute, I thought a book with the word romance in the title might be a little more, well, romantic. Eli and Ty had their moments sure, but I didn't really get they whys of their love ...more

By Shirley March 05, 2019


Original review

This book was provided by the publisher through Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Entangled Teen and Chapter by Chapter!

The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance
tells the story of Elias and Tyler, two boys who both want to feel wanted.

When I firs ...more

By Jackie February 02, 2019

This book is so innocently sweet! Is that a thing? I don’t know.

“The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance” sees Elias who is a hot mess and on the verge of being sent away to a reform school where he can no longer embarrass his parents when his grandfather gives him a pocket watch that allows hi ...more

By Jessica ☢ Spartan Ranger August 15, 2019

"The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance", M. J. Reynolds (2019): 4.0 Stars.

Elias Caldwell was at the place between his fourth and fifth glass of wine where the room started to tilt and the other guests seemed at least slightly less condescending. He made a straight line - or what felt like a

By Garan March 27, 2019

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Going in to The Time Traveler’s Guide to Romance, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I don’t read a lot of romance or sci-if but I was pleasantly surprised.

The story of Elias and Tyler is sugary sweet and completely adorable. I really l ...more

By Amy February 01, 2019

Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

Title: The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance
Author: Madeline J. Reynolds
Genre: YA, Sci-fi romance 
My Rating: 4 stars
Representation in this book: bi and gay main characters, black side character, two lesbian side characters ...more

By Jenny February 22, 2019

This was so cute and sweet omg it's been ages since I finished a book this fast!!!


I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley and the review was also posted on my blog Tecsielity.

I think I saw a tweet about this book and the description sounded so fun I just ran off to reques ...more

By Olivia February 06, 2019

3.5 stars

"The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance" is a light, fluffy read that follows Elias Caldwell from the 1800s and Tyler Forrester in the present. After a series of mistakes, Elias's parents are not going to let him attend college- the time he was very much looking forward to- and instead ...more

By Renee May 14, 2019

The title is pretty self-explanatory for what this book is about. Elias wants to escape his lackluster life in nineteenth-century England, and his grandfather supplies him with just the thing to help: a pocket watch which gives the owner the ability to time travel.

This book was fun. It was a fast r ...more

By Emma March 24, 2019

e-arc provided by netgalley and the lovely publisher for providing this copy in exchange for an honest review

4,5 / 5
Oh my, this was one of my favourite arcs i have read! It was really interesting and fun and adorable! The book was published in the beginning of the month, so i know i'm a bit behind, ...more

By Eshana February 27, 2019

The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance is a YA sci-fi romance where a teenager from the Victorian era travels to the modern day.The reading experience was enjoyable but it was a bit predictable at times. There were certain plot beats that are typical of this type of setup which this story follo ...more

By Katie February 15, 2019

An ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Who knew time traveling lovers could give this girl ALL the feels?

Elias Caldwell has never fit in; growing up gay in a 19th century manor home isn’t exactly a walk in the park. After wrecking havoc at a society event, Elias’ paren ...more

By Nicole July 02, 2019

This book was just as amazing as her other book!

The characters grabbed me by the heart and I have not looked back since lol

All opinions are my own. ...more

By Jane September 29, 2019

Elias is living in the 19th century and is part of the aristocracy. While drunk he accidentally spills wine on his best friends artwork causing everyone to be upset with him. His already strained relationships become more strained and Elias just wants to run away. His grandfather gives him ...more

By Emetis August 30, 2019

I think that I have a new favorite author. Ladies and gentlemen may I introduce Madeline J. Reynolds! I have read both “Illusions”and “the time traveler’s guide to modern romance” by her and both books are amazing. I feel like I liked illusions a bit more because the plot was more developed and the ...more

By Eva July 06, 2019

when elias caldwell appears out of thin air at tyler forrester's prep school library, the explanation for how he got there is completely unbelievable. but tyler saw it happen. and elias is clearly a guy from another time period.

and i think that's what makes this so fun. elias and tyler connect as t ...more

By Shakera March 06, 2019

I thought this was a very endearing story of two different time periods colliding. Elias Caldwell comes from the 19th century where everyone views him as a disappointment. Tyler is from the 21st century and his stepmother is wicked. Elias finds out after a dreadfully embarrassing incident, his grand ...more

By Lynndell March 13, 2019

Time travel adventure!
Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Teen for the opportunity to read and review The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance by Madeline J. Reynolds!
Elias lives with his family in London during the 1800’s and he feels like a constant disappointment to his family. His grandfather s ...more

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Madeline J. Reynolds

About the author

Madeline J. Reynolds

Madeline J. Reynolds is a YA fantasy author living in Chicago. Originally from Minneapolis, she has a background in journalism and has always loved storytelling in its various forms. When not writing, she can be found exploring the city, eating Thai food, or lost in an epic Lord of the Rings marathon.

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