Monday, April 14, 2014

The Here and Now, by Ann Brashares


In The Here and Now Prenna and her mother, along with almost 1000 others, leave the future (2098) to be placed in the present-time. They travel backward in time to escape worldwide economic failure and a pandemic disease carried by mosquitoes.

She arrives, after assimilation training, she enters highschool and falls in love with a boy named Ethan. This breaks one of the 12 “rules” that they are given.

Together, she and Ethan attempt to change the future by stopping certain events.


I think this is what would be considered young adult fiction. It has a bit of sci-fi to it, without being overkill. It wasn’t so far out there that my mind could not wrap around what was going on.

The characters lacked complexity, but were likeable. Ethan was a good guy, Prenna was generally pretty good too. They were typical lust-filled teenagers who fell in “love”. The setting was forgettable, at best. The bit of suspense in the book is really what helped me finish it… well, that and the fact that it was short and I had committed to reviewing it.

I typically don’t read these types of books, and I requested a copy on NetGalley before realizing what it was. It has been pushed aside on my Kindle for many months now in favor of other books.

I don’t remember if I’ve read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but I know I’ve seen the movie. If I haven’t already read the book, I would be willing to, even though it is by the same author. I would hope and think that I would probably enjoy that book more than The Here and Now. I can’t say that I would never read another book by this author; however, I do not recommend The Here and Now.

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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