YA Review of The Here and Now by Ann Brashares


The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press; First Edition edition (April 8, 2014)

Genre: Science fiction/time travel

Series: None (I think)

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (thank you!)

My Rating: 3 of 5 stars

About the Book:

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.

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

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.

gripping story is set in a world unlike any other and inhabited by
beautifully imagined characters that stay with you long after the last
page. As always, Brashares expertly captures the wonder of love’s
enduring power.” – Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars

My Thoughts:

The back cover calls this book “thrilling, exhilarating, haunting, and
heartbreaking”.  I’d heard some good things about this book and I was
excited to read it. Unfortunately, it fell a little flat for me. It
wasn’t cheesy or anything, but it wasn’t the exhilarating
thriller the back cover promised either. Everything felt two-dimensional
in the story—the characters, the setting, the “save the world”
conspiracy. It was almost like watching a movie that didn’t have any
music or sound effects to draw you in. It was a good enough story, but
lacked the extra something that would have made me love it.

Don’t get me wrong, the writing is decent. It’s a quick read that you
can easily breeze through in a few hours.  It kept me reading all the
way to the end. I liked the time travel aspect and the idea of finding
the fork in time and changing events to alter the future. But other
things felt weak to me. I didn’t really believe the romance. I found the
mystery of the fork and the community too easy. They figured everything
out without even trying.

While this book didn’t have the depth I hoped for, I think the right
person would like it. I am giving it 3 stars because it had some things I
liked and some I didn’t. It wasn’t a horrible book by any stretch, but
it wasn’t a must-read either.

Content: Some language (no f-words), some innuendo and sensuality (they
sleep in the same bed, have a difficult time keeping hands to
themselves, and they discuss having sex a few times).

Source: I received a digital galley of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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