Review: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Review: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

The Here and Now

An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth.

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves.

The Here and Now is one book I really looked forward to reading. The synopsis just sounded really captivating and even though I started to get nervous because I began to see a lot of mixed or negative reviews, I pressed on – never having read said reviews because I didn’t want them to have any influence on my first impressions of the book or the subsequent review I’d write. Regardless, as I was reading it was really hard for me to fathom what people had hated. I thought overall it was a very intriguing story and the pacing was pretty good.

I really like Prenna and Ethan. They’re cute together and I think some peple might possibly consider their
relationship to have been “insta-love” but I didn’t quite see it that way because they’d been pining for each other for years without being able ot act on anything because of Prenna’s restrictions So for me, it made a lot of sense on why they’d get together so fast after yearning for so long. Who wouldn’t rush into something after wanting for a long time, especially being young?

I felt the ending was good because it was very realistic. It’s not exactly a fairy-tale ending – if that’s what you’re into (and I’m usually not) and I appreciated the fact it was realistic. I’m not usually the girl who needs or wants a super happy-ever-after ending because it makes me feel like the novel becomes less “real” for me – and I do like to imagine these stories I read are all taking place somewhere, if only in my mind and the mind of the other people reading, and the author of course.

I would have no problem recommending The Here and Now to anyone interested in time travel fiction or just a twist on the usual young adult fare. It’s not an amazingtastic novel but it’s one of those books that’s definitely enjoyable to read but I won’t be pondering it or recommending it a year later (especially when you read a lot on a regular basis.)

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  1. I completely agree with you here. I really enjoyed The Here and Now while I was reading it. I couldn’t understand why everyone seemed to hate it so much, because it kept me glued to my seat and I loved the way the time travel logic worked. But it’s not a book that stuck with me for very long even though I enjoyed it. If anyone ever asked me to recommend a good time travel book I’d probably recommend it though.
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  2. I didn’t really enjoy The Here and Now but could kind of see how other people might have liked it. But it’s one that I won’t really remember, except remembering that I won’t really need to reread it.
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  3. Your assessment is similar to mine. I enjoyed reading The Here and Now, and would enjoy a sequel. You might want to see what I had to say when I reviewed it in December.
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