Originally Posted by Natalie_ca
Exactly. It was in her past that he transcribed the dates. So how does he know the dates that he is going to appear? That would mean a knowledge of the future and the ability to be able to pick and choose the times that he time travels back to, which are supposed to be completely random and unsuspecting in nature.
It's been a while since I read the book, but the way I understand it, he doesn't necessarily visit her in order. So, the first time she saw him could have been the last time he saw her. He might have been 40 when he visited her when she was 6 and 30 when he met her at 16. So, I guess he could have transcribed the dates to her on one of his last visits (he would be older, she could have been any age), even though she had many of those visits left to experience.
Very confusing, and even harder to explain. By the looks of it, in the movie, SHE records the dates he visits and then gives him the diary once they meet in the present. Kudos to whoever made that decision -it's much less confusing.
I was confused for about the first half of the book. Once I figured out what year it was in the present and what age both of them were in the present, and based all the time travelling around that, it wasn't confusing at all.