Monday, May 19, 2014

Review: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Goodreads Summary:

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.

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.

Publication Date: April 8, 2014

I love time travel novels and I thought The Here and Now was a fast-paced and interesting book. I liked the relationship between Prenna and Ethan and how much they wanted to be together despite the impossibility of it.

I liked the main characters and it made sense for teenage Prenna to start questioning the rules of the time traveling society she hails from. Prenna was written like a realistic teenager with her jumbled emotions and her tendency to make impulsive decisions. Ethan was sweet and strong although at times I felt like some of the things he could do to help out Prenna were a little too convenient for the plot.

The beginning and end of the novel were my favorite parts and had the most action. The middle was a little slow while Prenna and Ethan left on their mission, but there were some cute getting to know each other scenes. The book is short, so I was able to finish in a few sittings.

I liked the mystery aspect of the novel and trying to figure out who the good and bad guys were. The ending was bittersweet, but did offer a solid conclusion. I’d recommend this book to fans of YA romances with a touch of sci-fi elements.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy of the book for review!


  1. I liked the characters and the time travel aspect of this one as well

  2. The cover looks so gorge! I've been trying to attain a copy :((( I havent read ang good time traveling books....i'm gonna try this one. Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. So I love time traveling novels as well and I have been dying to read this. Even though they are really different I liked this author's pants books when I was younger and that makes me intrigued enough to read this book. Knowing that it is fast paced and interesting makes me want to read it even more. Thanks for the review!

  4. Yikes! Mosquitoes! :) Fantastic review, Heather. I'm glad it didn't fail you in the time-travel book blahs you frequently experience. Gonna check this one out. WRITE ON!