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Review: The Here and Now (Ann Brashares)

The Deets:

Audience: YA
Genre: sci-fi; dystopian
Pages: 242
Publisher: April 8th 2014 by Delacorte Press
ISBN: 9780385736800
Source: eARC from Netgalley

The Here and NowFollow 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.

From Ann Brashares, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Here and Now is thrilling, exhilarating, haunting, and heartbreaking—and a must-read novel of the year.

Well, it's been well over 2 months since I read this one. I forgot to write a review right away, and then I got busy reading. So, here I am. Writing a review several months later about a book that was enjoyable while I read it, but really unremarkable after the fact.

Sorry for the fans of Ann Brashares. I never read her other books, so I have nothing to compare her writing to. The writing, actually, wasn't bad at all. The Here and Now was a super fast read with a steady pace. It just didn't wow me. I think the market has been flooded with sci-fi/dystopian books lately. And since I've read so many of them, it's becoming increasingly harder to impress me. That's it in a nutshell.

So what can I say 2 months later? Not a whole lot, I'm afraid. I can say you will probably enjoy this one because there is a certain mystery behind Prenna for about half of the book. Then you're going to figure things out. From that point on you are seeing it through because you feel committed. It's not going to have some huge plot twist or shock factor. When you finish the last page, you'll think "ok" and move on. There won't be any deep pondering or wonderings of "what if".

The characters are likeable enough, but they don't dazzle. I never felt invested in them. In fact, the insta-love made me roll my eyes a good bit. I heard that this has been optioned for a movie. I'm going to take a leap here and say it's due to the success of her other novels as movies. As far as a book made for a movie, this is not one I would choose.


  1. It really was an unremarkable book with nothing special about it. I found Prenna to be annoying and not nearly as intelligent as Brashares wanted us to believe and her boyfriend, whose name escapes me right now, was SuperBoy - hacker, geek, escape artist, mr sensitive, he could do anything and everything except be believable.


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