How To Stop Time by Matt Haig. (2017).
*3.5 out of 5 stars*
Tom is over four hundred years old but looks in his early forties. He has a rare condition which means he has to change identities often to keep this condition secret; Tom just wants an ordinary life. He currently has the perfect cover as a history teacher at a London high school – he can teach about events he has experienced first-hand. The most important rule of Tom’s long life is never fall in love.
I have mixed feelings on this book. I liked the idea of it and I also liked parts of the story as I was reading it. However I found myself reading this pretty slowly in comparison to other books of similar sizes and I’m not entirely sure why but I just didn’t find it that engaging and was easily distracted from it. In saying that, the plot was fairly interesting and I particularly enjoyed the chapters relating to Tom’s flashbacks, especially when he was interacting with well-known people from that particular period. It’s a well-written book with thoughtful messages about humanity within the story. The reviews online are quite mixed so I would say that overall this is an unusual book which if you like the sound of it, you just need to give it a go and see if it’s for you or not.