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Saturday, May 17, 2014

THE HERE AND NOW by Ann Brashares {A "Review My Books" Review}

Reviewed by Becca

Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press (April 8, 2014)
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.
First of all, I want to thank Andye for giving me the opportunity to guest review here on Reading Teen. It’s my first time guest reviewing, and it has been so much fun! If you like my reviews, be sure to check out my blog, Pivot Book Reviews!

The Here and Now is the story about Prenna James, a girl from a disastrous future who came back in time to present day New York, with a group of people. They escaped a worldwide blood borne pandemic, and now must follow a strict set of rules so they don’t disrupt the future. The number one rule is never to reveal who they are or be intimate with people outside their group, but that all changes when Prenna meets Ethan.

The Here and Now started out with a bang. I figured I would fly through the 242 pages without a hitch, but I soon found that not to be the case. After Prenna starts questioning the rules set up in her community and hanging with Ethan more and more, I found myself losing interest. I had a hard time believing how Prenna and Ethan just fell so in love in a matter of a few days. The Here and Now suffers from a big case of insta-love, which if you can overlook, unlike me, then you might enjoy it. There was lots of cheesy lines, and nearly every single time Ethan and Prenna got together, they struggled not to just get down and dirty right there. It was just too much of a gag factor for me.

The Here and Now offers lots of action, and big reveals, but in the end, I saw the biggest reveal quicker than I think I was supposed to. I also wish we would have been introduced a little more to Prenna’s past. I wanted to know more about the mysterious future she came from, but I just found out this is the first in a series, so maybe Brashares is saving that for a bit later.

All in all, The Here and Now is a quick read, full of secrets and conspiracies, but it unfortunately wasn’t the book I was hoping it would be. I think it had a lot more potential if it would have been executed differently. I would suggest maybe reading an excerpt of this book before going out and buying it. At this time, I really don’t have any interest in seeing where the story goes, but you might be different!

-Becca @ Pivot Book Reviews       


  1. I think I'll be passing on this one though I loved her Sisterhood series, I've just seen so many reviews saying it didn't reach its full potential. Great review :)
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

    1. I loved her sisterhood series too and My Name Is Memory, but this one just didn't do it for me unfortunately! Thanks Kimberly! :)

  2. Oh, that's too bad you didn't like this book! I have it but haven't read it yet. I picked it up for free from a box of books marked "Take One!" at a local community center. When I saw The Here and Now in the box, I did wonder why someone was giving away a book that had so recently been released (maybe they didn't like it for the same reasons you didn't). But I took it anyway because the concept is intriguing and I love Ann Brashares. I still might give it a try since I already own the book, but I'll move it lower on my To Be Read list. Thanks so much for your review!

    1. I know! I was so disappointed that it didn't live up to my expectations because I absolutely loved her Sisterhood series and My Name is Memory! I would still give it a chance since you have it. I'm curious to see what you think about it, Clara! Thanks :)

  3. Great review, Becca! I'm still quit on the fence with this one to be honest...

    1. Thanks Pili! I was too because there's so many mixed reviews about it. I think this is the type of book you either love or don't unfortunately!

  4. I've read so many reviews about his book and still haven't managed to decide if I want to read it. The opinions have been so mixed... some say this is good, some say it is rubbish but either way I am still doubting... ugh xD

    1. Olivia, it's hard for me to say. I loved Ann's other books, but this one just didn't live up to my hype for it. I was really excited for it, but it just wasn't what I was expecting. I would suggest maybe reading the first few pages before fully committing to it. I hope that helps!!


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